Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Kislev 4, 5775
Is crypto-Judaism alive and well? These people say undoubtedly
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I had read any number of books about the long, tragic history of the Marranos, the secret Jews who were forced by the Inquisition, in Spain and elsewhere, to practice their religion in hiding. But when I learned in the mid-1990s, mostly through books like The Mezuzah in the Madonna's Foot and The Marrano Legacy by author Trudy Alexi, about...
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The Moscow Yiddish Theater was devoted to art and the revolutionary spirit
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Back in June, I wrote about a book that dealt with the Byelorussian city of Vitebsk, the birthplace of Marc Chagall, a terrain that provided the famed artist with a source of inspiration for his paintings. In fact, on the cover of the book, which was called, appropriately enough, Vitebsk , there was a reproduction of one of the painter's...
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In Daniel Libeskind's designs, ideas and materials collide, and set off sparks
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The always-outspoken and often-controversial architect Daniel Libeskind took the world by storm about 10 years ago when his Jewish Museum Berlin opened in the heart of the German capital, cutting its own distinctive, jagged path across the landscape of that recently unified city. The architect was then in his early 50s and had opened his design firm in Berlin in...
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Jewish museums are filled with riches, and now lots of them are collected in one space
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How to adequately convey the riches that rest between the broad, beautiful covers of Jewish Museums of the World: Masterpieces of Judaica -- that's the challenge facing anyone who chooses to discuss this masterly compilation of erudition and breathtaking photography, all of it executed on a grand scale. The publisher, Universe, a division of Rizzoli Publications, is well-known for the...
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Especially since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Western scholars and pundits have wrestled with the question of whether violence and intolerance of other viewpoints are somehow endemic to Islam; and, if this is not the case, can liberal forces within the Muslim world act to temper its more extremist elements? Put another way: Is the so-called clash of...
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