Posted: Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:11 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
Omer Counter made of Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Keneseth Israel Congregation, Louisville, Kentucky.

Although they rank high among Nobel Prize winners, Jews are not generally known for their athletics.  But as “Chasing Dreams” at Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History demonstrates, baseball has fielded its way through the American Jewish psyche, from its very beginnings. 

Posted: Mon, 07/14/2014 - 17:31 | Posted by: Gabriela Geselowitz | Well Versed
Tommy Ramone. Wikipedia

The drummer known as Tommy Ramone passed away on Friday due to bile duct cancer. Though he was only 65, he was the last living original member of the Ramones, and instrumental in the creation of punk rock as a musical genre.

Tommy was born Erdélyi Tamás in Budapest to two Holocaust survivors; the couple had hidden with neighbors for the duration of the war. The Erdélyi family immigrated to the United States when Tamás was four.

Posted: Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:14 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Courtesy of Kestenbaum & Company

As reported last week, a 1954 handwritten letter from Chief Rabbi Isaac Halevi Herzog to the author of the book “Judaism in Islam” was offered at auction by Kestenbaum & Company. A private collector in Los Angeles, Alan Stern, bought the letter for $9000.

Posted: Mon, 07/07/2014 - 17:13 | Posted by: Emily Snyder | Well Versed
Katharine McLeod and Jamie Geiger in “The Religion Thing.” Jimmy Ryan

There are two things you should never discuss: politics and religion.

However, those are really the only two things worth talking about.

Posted: Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:38 | Posted by: Diane Cole | Well Versed
The Kennicott Bible, Corunna, Spain, 1476; The Bodleian Library, Oxford. Courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum

I don’t often swoon in public, but the Morgan Library’s current exhibition “Marks of Genius: Treasures from the Bodleian Library” left me breathless.  It was dizzying, standing before 57 magnificent artifacts representing 2,000 years of intellectual and artistic accomplishment, from cultures, countries and religious traditions that ranged from around the world in place and time.  And among them are several of particular Jewish interest.