Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775
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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Aaron Passman, JE Staff
It's an old saying in Judaism: "May you live as long as Moses." Now that the Jewish Publication Society has reached the age of the great Jewish sage and leader, 120 years, it's setting out to do something he was unable to do -- ensure its survival well beyond that. This august occasion serves as what CEO and Editor in...
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A chance discovery reveals a vibrant life, left behind
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Lily Koppel was a young reporter working at The New York Times and living at 98 Riverside Drive, when one morning in the fall of 2003 she found a large red Dumpster firmly planted outside her apartment house, brimming with old steamer trunks. Though Koppel was late for her job on the Metro desk, she was struck by an impulse...
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