NY Artist Archie Rand Takes On Torah’s 613 Commandments


A new book by a trailblazing artist raises an old question: Is there such a thing as truly Jewish art? And its corollary: If so, would anyone buy it?

Archie Rand, an artist who has a book coming out with a painting for each of the 613 Jewish commandments. JTA

Beyond The “Triple Crown” — A Prize For Which We All Can Compete

Competition and the possibility of victory can awaken the American “can-do” spirit in us all. We rightly support initiatives for people with disabilities to compete in athletic events.  Everyone should have the opportunity to strive (and even struggle) to achieve his or her “personal best.”

The Sports Dilemma

The parents of some children with disabilities face a dilemma every summer. If they send their children an integrated camp, the children may actually be segregated when it comes to the portion of each day devoted to athletic activity. 

Rabbi Michael Levy

Bags Of Love, Festival Of Lights

Staff Writer

Some 150 families in the Bronx got a head start on Chanukah this week.

Actually, they used their hands and feet.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Religion, Guilt And The Jewish Condition

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Through the years, I’ve grown reluctant to divulge my rabbinic identity to those whom I meet on vacation, or in a purely social context far away from work.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Arguably, A Mitzvah

Special To The Jewish Week

Jewish tradition is full of argument, but argument is not its essence. Judaism is a system devoted to the sacred deed.

Mitzvot in all their array — ritual, ethical, colorful, mundane, God-directed, human-centered -- mitzvot are the central stuff of Judaism. What cannot be said can be enacted. The meaning of Shabbat candles is ultimately inexpressible; lighting is the language of ritual, at once less articulate and yet deeper than any words.

Father’s Day — It’s A Mitzvah

Special To The Jewish Week

Children sometimes ask, as mine did when they were younger, why, if there is a Father’s Day and a Mother’s Day, is there no Children’s Day. Although it’s not the response that I used, the classic one is that every day is Children’s Day.

The Revolution In Teen Outreach

Synagogues, educational groups rethinking offerings and restructuring programs to reach a new generation.
Associate Editor

For eighth graders enrolled in Temple Emanu-El’s religious schoolTemple Emanu-El’s religious school, the lessons this year are less aleph-bet and more ABC.

Once a month, the young teens make the short trek from Upper East Side to East Harlem to volunteer with elementary-age kids at the Association to Benefit Children, an agency that offers numerous services for disadvantaged children.

Eighth graders at Temple Emanu-El volunteer at Harlem’s Association to Benefit Children as part of a service-learning program.
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