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Dec 6, 2018, 10:05 PM
The Culture-Loyalty Bill — Shut Up and Be Loyal
Israeli democracy can breathe a small sigh of relief. The most recent in the chain of draconian laws proposed by Israel’s 20th Knesset, “The Loyalty in Culture Law,” is thankfully dissipating into a higher ether. It will not be...
Nov 11, 2018, 7:26 AM
Manofim Art Festival 2018
Each Fall for the last ten years, the Manofim Festival has opened the gallery season in Jerusalem, revealing an amazing array of art spaces, whose purpose is to celebrate art and artists in the capital. …The exhibits range from the...
Oct 23, 2018, 1:37 AM
The humble willow — a metaphor for the human condition
Israeli poems, plays, novels are the conduits of Judaic culture. Biblical figures and literary structures, as well as moral directives are filtered through these aesthetic forms. They promote the play of the imagination, a creative-thinking-out of-the- box for the constant...
Sep 13, 2018, 7:07 PM
Poetry saved his life — the story of Abraham Sutzkever
There have been many fine film festivals this summer, but none as powerful in my mind, as the Docu-Text4 at the National Library on the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, A new Jerusalem experience. The...
Aug 25, 2018, 9:33 PM
Caricatures, comics, and all the rest
Caricature as exaggeration -- and truth The caricaturist often looks upon public figures, and even those not so public, with a jaundiced eye, ready to make fun, see the foolish, or perhaps, even the evil in politicians. The Knesset members, jubilantly...
Aug 13, 2018, 3:19 PM
Educational TV takes its final breath — what a pity
Israel's oldest broadcast company shaped generations of kids with intelligent, sensitive programming. It was axed for no good reason
Jul 31, 2018, 6:00 AM
Seeking the sublime – the museum as a spiritual space
In her provocative blog, “What are Museums for, Anyway,” Renee Garfinkel brings a large historical perspective to the museum’s role in our lives. She says, “museums are no longer the province of the elite and the expert…They have become...
Jul 17, 2018, 9:22 PM
Remembering Aharon Appelfeld
Writing the Jewish Iliad in a Jerusalem cafe
Jul 15, 2018, 7:34 PM
Literary Cafes – The Wellspring of Israeli Culture
Welcome to Culture Café. And why Café? Not blog or column or spread sheet? Well, we love cafes and this blog on Israeli Culture was conceived between a cappuccino and fruit shake at Efraim’s Coffee Shop which is appropriately...
Rochelle Furstenberg is a journalist and literary critic who has written extensively on literary and cultural topics.