September 4, 2016 |
These days, we take it for granted that a big outdoor show such as this weekend's Made in America Festival or an arena spectacle such as Barbra Streisand's recent "The Music . . . The Mem'ries . . . The Magic" will land with lots of high-tech eye candy. Think huge video close-up of the artists visible a half a mile away, plus abstract art flashed on LED screens. And woe to the flimsy pop darling or the electronic dance music DJ if the video system crashes. The "excitement" would deflate faster than a popped party balloon.
August 20, 2016 |
Hundreds of years before Pope Gelasius invented Valentine's Day in 496, there was Tu B'Av. At the start of each summer grape harvest, Jewish women dressed in white and danced in a vineyard, hoping to find a mate. So significant was the holiday of love that an ancient rabbinic text stated flatly, "There are no better days in Israel than Tu B'Av and Yom Kippur. " Through the millennia, Valentine's Day was embraced by popular culture, but Tu B'Av, not. Yet there are signs that it is winning Jewish hearts anew.
March 17, 2016
ISSUE | JEWISH IDENTITY Holocaust lives in today's anti-Semitism I share columnist Charles Krauthammer's concern that too many American Jews view Holocaust memory as the substance of their Jewishness and agree that we need to base Jewish identity on positive Jewish content ("Identity and the Holocaust," Monday). While the Holocaust happened in the past, the anti-Semitism that caused it is growing, so the lessons of the 1930s and '40s remain relevant. That is why the American Jewish Committee, the global Jewish advocacy agency, has organized the largest protest against anti-Semitism in history, encouraging mayors in American and European cities to sign a statement denouncing anti-Semitism as incompatible with democratic values and committing to advance respectful coexistence in their own communities.
August 10, 2015 |
Battle-scarred as it is, North Broad Street is still punctuated with an extraordinary collection of majestic buildings. The farther north you go, the more beat-up its gilded relics seem to get. Yet at the corner of York Street, you'll find an intact neoclassical complex sharing company with a gas station and a vacant laundromat. The plainer of the two limestone pavilions was built in 1905 to house Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, a private university that was devoted to the "scientific" study of ancient languages and Jewish history.
April 25, 2014 |
Last week, masked men distributed fliers outside a synagogue in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, demanding that all Jews register with the separatist Donetsk People's Republic and pay a fine - or be deported from "the republic. " On his visit to Ukraine this week, Vice President Biden denounced the fliers, insisting there is no place for anti-Semitism in Ukraine. The pro-Russian militants who have seized control of Donetsk insist they had nothing to do with the outrage and claim it was a "provocation" staged by the government in Kiev.
March 18, 2013 |
WARSAW, Poland - A Jewish history museum in Warsaw has unveiled a reconstructed synagogue roof with an elaborately painted ceiling modeled on a 17th-century structure, presenting the first object that will go on permanent display in the highly awaited museum. The wooden roof and ceiling will be a key attraction in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is due to open next year in the heart of the city's former Jewish quarter. Reporters in Warsaw were invited to view it Tuesday.
February 24, 2013
Sunday Chamber music Violinist Erin Keefe is joined by violinist Arnold Steinhardt , violists Ida Kavafian and Steven Tenenbom , cellists Ronald Thomas and Peter Wiley , and pianist Anna Polonsky in a recital of works by Dvorak, Strauss, and Brahms at 3 p.m. at the Curtis Institute of Music , 1726 Locust St. Tickets are $28. Call 215-893-7902. . . . The Duo Parisienne plays works for violin and harp by Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Franz Drdla, Cesar Cui, and Ravel at 3 p.m. at the German Society , 611 Spring Garden St. Tickets are $20; $10 for students.
January 4, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - A trove of ancient manuscripts in Hebrew characters rescued from caves in a Taliban stronghold in northern Afghanistan is providing the first physical evidence of a Jewish community that thrived there a thousand years ago. On Thursday, Israel's National Library unveiled the cache of recently purchased documents that run the gamut of life experiences, including biblical commentaries, personal letters, and financial records. Researchers say the "Afghan Genizah" marks the greatest such archive found since the "Cairo Genizah" was discovered in an Egyptian synagogue more than 100 years ago, a vast depository of medieval manuscripts considered to be among the most valuable collections of historical documents ever found.
November 9, 2012
The explosion of Jewish culture in the region includes the Gershman Y's venerable Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, which continues its explorations of the Jewish experience through Nov. 18. Films and documentaries from Argentina, France, Germany, Israel, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States reflect the diversity of the Jewish film world. According to Olivia Antsis, director of the festival, the films transcend religion and have wide appeal to audiences of various religions.
May 1, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Ben-Zion Netanyahu, the historian and Zionist activist whose skepticism about peacemaking with the Arabs helped to shape the world outlook of his son, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, died on Monday. He was 102. The Prime Minister's office said in a statement that he died at home. It did not give a cause of death, but he had been ill recently. Born Ben-Zion Mileikowsky, in Warsaw, Poland, Netanyahu was a devout follower of revisionist Zionist leader Zeev Jabotinsky, who advocated Jewish military strength and opposed partitioning Palestine between Arabs and Jews.