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Sep 14, 2018, 2:04 PM
A Matter of Life and Death
“Dying has become a problem for us,” the professor said, and I laughed, surprised. “For US!”, I replied, “hasn’t dying always been a problem?” The knowledge of our own mortality is a uniquely human problem. Yom Kippur focuses on it....
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...
Sep 13, 2018, 10:45 AM
Miracle of sound: The visit of a Jewish soul
During the three weeks of repentance preceding Tisha B’Av, the Av 9th, the day of the peak of Jewish sorrow, among many of the restrictions valid for the period, the ban on music is the most difficult for me....
Sep 13, 2018, 10:35 AM
Shiri Maimon: Ready for ‘Roxy’ on Broadway
Since Shiri Maimon emerged on the Israeli music scene as the runner-up in Season 1 of “Kochav Nolad” (A Star Is Born, Israel’s answer to “American Idol”), I’ve made no secret of my admiration for her. OK, so she’s gorgeous....
Sep 12, 2018, 5:22 PM
Playing House: Nomi Bruckmann at Ticho House
Dealing with loss is at the heart of The Gift, now on exhibit at Ticho House, with quiet works by Nomi Bruckmann, curated by Timna Seligman. Bruckmann, a veteran artist and teacher at the Israel Museum’s Ruth Youth Wing,...
Sep 12, 2018, 11:37 AM
Yoram Raanan: Tracing the light of Israel
Harmony of Expression Recently magnificent art volume appeared which has all the potencies to become the same classic as the Chagall’s volume of his artistic visualisation of the Torah. The book is Art of Revelation, the rich coffee-table-sized volume of...
Sep 5, 2018, 5:58 PM
Making Aliyah: What it takes, the gains and losses, and the expected unexpected
Part One: What does it take? Here you go. You decided to take the plunge and move to the Land of Milk and Honey. The Holy Land. Sounds promising, right? Well, it definitely can be for some. But it can...
Sep 5, 2018, 6:31 AM
Being a Homeless Jew
As we conclude this long, Labor Day Weekend, somewhere between fixing the camper and visiting some local Jewish communities in Detroit, a sad realization dawned on me. I’m a homeless Jew! No, not in the physical sense (though many would argue...
Sep 4, 2018, 1:42 PM
Nexus of Ideas and Reality: The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
The statue of Albert Einstein sits cozily in the center of the tranquil gardens of the Van Leer Jerusalem campus, not as a patron saint, perhaps, but as a fellow scholar, an honored elder, and an inspiration. Set back modestly...
Sep 3, 2018, 6:35 PM
Has Israel Betrayed American Jews?
American Jews fell in love with Israel in 1948 when the newly established nation miraculously survived the unprovoked onslaught of five Arab armies. To invoke an overused metaphor, plucky little Israel was then seen as courageous “David,” renewing Jewish...