Posted: Fri, 09/19/2014 - 01:24 | Posted by: Yaakov Bressler | Well Versed
Leah Raab. “Huddled in the Tunnel. Courtesy of the Creative Soul

Few subjects have troubled Jews across the globe this past summer as much as the recent conflict in Israel. The violence  portrayed on the news stimulated a consequential outpouring of support from Jewish communities worldwide. But an art group based in Brooklyn is showing support through a unique means: a spiritual defense.

Posted: Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:34 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Gilad Sharon at the opening of the exhibition. Yossi Aloni

Ariel Sharon’s grandfather moved to Palestine in 1910 from the town of Brest Litovsk in White Russia. But after two years in Rehovot, enduring hardships, he returned to his native town. Then, in 1922, his son (Ariel Sharon’s father), also made aliyah, to escape persecution. A student of agronomy, he and his wife settled on a moshav northeast of Tel Aviv, where their son was born six years later.  Ariel Sharon would often speak of his childhood on the moshav, Kfar Malal, where his love of the rural life took root. 

Posted: Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:54 | Posted by: Elizabeth Denlinger | Well Versed
"Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are"

Maurice Sendak, the beloved and celebrated maker of children’s books, was much more than "Where the Wild Things Are." At his death in 2012, more than 10, 200 pieces of his work –  drawings, watercolors, manuscripts, proof copies and more – resided at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia. The museum had hoped that this situation, which let them stage no fewer than 72 Sendak exhibitions since 1970, would continue. However, Peter Dobrin of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently broke the news that not only did Sendak leave the materials to the Maurice Sendak Foundation, but the foundation’s trustees have asked for their return to Sendak’s Ridgefield, Connecticut home, set to become a museum of sorts itself.

Posted: Sun, 09/07/2014 - 23:58 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
The artist Sara Erenthal next to "Eidele Meidele."

Sara Erenthal likes to think of her one-woman gallery show as a brief memoir. From the moment that visitors walk through the door of the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, they enter her life, first via her childhood bedroom.

Posted: Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:00 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
"Bathsheba" by Bruce Murray

The Jerusalem Lover," a novella by Shira Dicker, is a prescient and courageous look at the ongoing battle between Israel's staunch defenders and her harsh critics. The work was actually written seven years ago, as Dicker struggled with the “casual anti-Semitism (she)…confronted nearly daily” while living in England during 2004.