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At The Library Of The Jewish Theological Seminary: The Word Became an Image The visual image is not a problem in Judaism. We have countless examples of images and representations of Jewish subjects and ideas done by pious Jews throughout the centuries, whether as ancient…
At The Israel Museum Ha’norah On Shabbos evening I walked home on my normal route down Fifth Avenue towards Washington Square Park. Looking past the Washington Square Arch, slightly to the west and further downtown, I noticed a glow of lights and smoke illuminating the…
Chagall in Mother Russia If you didn't know this was the famous Chagall, and if you didn't know Chagall was going to become perhaps the greatest Jewish painter of the twentieth century; what would you think of the early works of this artist when he…
At The Jewish Museum: Charlotte Salomon's Legacy What would do if you knew there was a play, a play with text and music, that told the story of one whole life. A Jewish life. The story of a young woman, told from before she was…
Retrospective At Yeshiva University Museum: Moritz Daniel Oppenheim Many of these paintings I do not like. Some I do. All of them are very important for us to look at and understand since Oppenheim’s work represents the seminal encounter between Jewish tradition and the challenges…
Isidor Kaufmann, Friday Evening, c. 1920, oil on canvas, 28 5/8 × 35 7/8 inches, The Jewish Museum Isidor Kaufmann - Shabbos We must be very quiet in front of this painting. It exudes a stillness and peace that envelopes us and makes us lower our…
A Unique Seder: A Painting in Grisaille by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim at the Jewish Museum This image of the Passover Seder by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (1800-1882) was found in almost every German Jewish 19th century home as part of the immensely popular graphic albums called…
Pictures Of Traditional Jewish Family Life At The Jewish Museum For Moritz Oppenheim (1800-1882) the world had changed irreparably since his childhood in Hanau, Germany. He grew up in a devout home in the ghetto, traditionally schooled in heder and Talmud Torah until 1806, when…
At The Museum of Jewish Heritage The Shelter from the Storm Installation View: Steinberger Succah, Museum of Jewish Heritage The Museum of Jewish Heritage, located at the southern edge of Battery Park City in Manhattan, attempts (and largely succeeds) to make sense of the last century…

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