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Posted: Sun, 10/18/2015 - 21:57 | Well Versed

There is a sense that our current cultural climate does not lend itself to nuance. Reflecting this, the Israeli-American artist Andi Arnovitz’s new exhibit of original work at the Yeshiva University Museum, titled “Threatened Beauty,” is straightforward, though no less thought-provoking for its directness.

Posted: Thu, 10/15/2015 - 23:19 | Well Versed

Who knew that the delicatessen was actually a man cave, one filled to overflowing with potent symbols of male virility?

Posted: Thu, 10/15/2015 - 11:41 | Political Insider

If you think the Iowa caucuses don't affect you, you haven't been grocery shopping lately.

While you're at the supermarket, presidential contenders of all parties are shopping for votes in Iowa that you will pay for with higher prices on just about everything in your grocery cart.

That's because taxpayers are spending about $6 billion annually on federal tax credits, incentives and mandates promoting the conversion of nearly half of the Hawkeye state's corn crop to ethanol, a fuel additive of questionable value to energy and the environment.

Posted: Thu, 10/15/2015 - 06:55 | The New Normal

The Misunderstood Schoolgirl

As an advocate helping Brooklynites to obtain social security, I once assisted a woman whose learning disability was quite severe. Her school records from the year 1958 labeled her as “lazy” and “emotionally disturbed.”

The misunderstood schoolgirl came to mind during Simchat Torah, when we completed the last book of the Torah, Deuteronomy and on the very same day began the cycle again with Genesis. I believe that our tradition obliges us to understand the differences in how people read and requires us to provide everyone with access to sacred texts on their terms.

Posted: Wed, 10/14/2015 - 23:11 | Well Versed

Israeli writer Etgar Keret has published his new memoir in Japanese, Persian, Turkish, Slovakian and English. But as he explained at Columbia University’s Kraft Center earlier this week, he decided not to publish the book in Hebrew out of sensitivity for those he writes about.

Posted: Tue, 10/13/2015 - 15:48 | Well Versed

It all begins with a circular movement as the dancers' heads, torsos, then whole bodies spiral. The fluid movements seem to arise from within, reminiscent of the ocean's motion in their crescendo and dip. The short excerpt from the Israeli company Vertigo's "Birth of the Phoenix" is born on the breath, so much so, that when founder/choreographer Noa Wertheim, appears alone on stage to address the audience, she invites the onlookers to breathe along with her.