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Four Dancers And A Moose

The dancers in Netta Yerushalmy's piece “Devouring Devouring,” that premiered last week at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater, enter the bare stage from behind an orange folded curtain. They appear alone, and then various combinations of the four dancers move energetically across the floor, sometimes entangling with one another like vines. An opening sequence that is repeated brings to mind images of a clock and time passing.

Ofir Yudilevitch and Stuart Singer. Photo by Ayala Gazit

Steven Millhauser’s Encounter with the Book of Samuel in The New Yorker

The December 10, 2012 issue of The New Yorker features a short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser, “A Voice in the Night.”

The narrator of the short story in the Dec. 10 issue of the New Yorker is a conflicted secular Jew. Photo courtesy New Yorker

A Water-Logged Gallery Brings Its Art To Viewers

Since its exhibition, “Sailboats and Swans,” was interrupted by the fierce winds and water surge caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Andrea Meislin Gallery is getting images from the show out to viewers via email. Every Monday, the gallery emails three photographs of the show, featuring the work of Israeli photographer Michal Chelbin.

Michal Chelbin, Young Prisoners, Juvenile Prison for Boys, Russia, 2009. Photo courtesy Andrea Meislin Gallery

Amber Eyes In Full Color

I love my Kindle. When setting off on a trip, I luxuriate in being able to choose from a juicy new novel, an engrossing biography or rereading a title I’ve enjoyed while not having to shlep extra weight. And yet, when reading Edmund de Waal’s “The Hare with Amber Eyes” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), I did find myself squinting at the complex family tree and wondering what the printed version might offer.

Some books demand a printed -- not electronic -- version.

The Art Of The Donkey

According to the kabbalists, on Isru Chag, the day after the holidays of Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot, some of the light of the holiday lingers, so the sanctity is extended.

So it was with post-holiday eyes that I visited The Jewish Museum on Wednesday, following the season of holidays ending with Sukkot and saw Izhar Patkin’s installation “The Messiah’s glAss.”

Izhar Patkin's installation at The Jewish Museum is beautiful, and also politically pointed.

Stitching Women's Lives

Jacqueline Nicholls is an artist deeply informed by Jewish teaching and text, but her message — expressed in mediums as diverse as embroidery, corsetry, clothing, paper-cuts and print — is both subtly and explosively subversive.

From Jacqueline Nicholls’ “The Kittel Collection.”

Kafka for the Holidays?

Timing is everything: Given this year’s High Holy Days schedule, along with the renewed rush that arrives after Labor Day, coordinating a Sunday evening in September for our first synagogue Book Group meeting of the season proved more challenging than choosing what we would read, which we’d discussed before our summer break. Thus it happened that the only Sunday available was the one that fell between the Ten Days, after Rosh HaShanah and two evenings prior to Yom Kippur. Our reading selection: “Metamorphosis” and other stories by Franz Kafka.  

Kafka's Metamorphosis is surprisingly appropriate reading during the High Holiday season.
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