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Looking Back At Art Spiegelman’s Retrospective

What is beautifully presented in “Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective” at The Jewish Museum, in addition to original drawings from the “Maus” series, is the enormous range of work that Spiegelman produced beyond those volumes. Included are comic books, magazine illustrations, children’s books illustrations, political satire, trading cards and stickers, New Yorker covers, and even a collaboration with the dance group Pilobolus and a stained glass window for The High School of Art & Design, just to name a few.

Art Spiegelman, It Was Today, Only Yesterday (detail), 2012, The High School of Art and Design, New York.  Copyright © 2012

Vayeishev: What's The Opposite Of A 'Selfie?'

The Oxford English dictionary has named “selfie” as the word of the year 2013. A selfie is a picture of yourself which you take via a cell phone.

Rabbi Michael Levy

Obama Presidency Bleeds From Self-Inflicted Wounds

Barack Obama's presidency is in deep trouble, his signature legislative achievement is floundering and our friends, allies and enemies have the impression his administration is confused and in disarray.

And the worst part of all this tzoris is that despite their best (or worst) efforts, Republicans had little or nothing to do with it -- Obama is the victim of self-inflicted wounds

'Nuclear Option' Depends On Where You Sit, Stand

You can ignore the Republican crocodile tears about the end of bipartisanship in the Senate after Democrats invoked the so-called "nuclear option" Thursday to limit the use of filibusters.  There never was any. Bipartisanship ended long ago when GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell vowed to make sure Barack Obama's presidency failed and proceeded to put that into practice by blocking as much of the administration's agenda as he could.

What A Bar Mitzvah Taught Us, and Our Son

Ever since our son was diagnosed with autism, at age two and a half, I'd been wondering about his bar mitzvah.  I come from a family of shulgoers who lead services, read from the Torah, and sing. My husband does, too. He and I have been teaching b’nei mitzvah for decades, and the question of our son’s bar mitzvah loomed large for 10 years.

Avi and his uncle, rejoicing at Avi's Bar Mitzvah. Photo courtesy Michelle Steinhart

Hofesh Shechter's Deceptive Light At BAM

In “Political Mother,” Hofesh Shechter’s 2012 debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Howard Gilman Opera House was bathed in darkness. The music was loud, explosive hard rock.

“Sun,” Hofesh Shechter Company. Ian Douglas

Senate: No New Sanctions For Now

The U.S. Senate won't act on a House-passed bill expanding sanctions on Iran until senators have time to assess what emerges from the negotiations that begin later this week in Geneva between the Iranians and the international group known as P5+1, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (United States, France, Britain, Russia and China) plus Germany.

People With Disabilities Help An IDF Recruit Deepen Her Love Of The Land

Before enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces, I put a lot of consideration into where I wanted to serve.  I thought about how I would be able to make the most of my abilities and how I could best contribute.  I understood that I would have to do something that I loved and felt connected to. 

Yael Bar with Nina Paul and a group of children with disabilities. Photo courtesy LOTEM - Making Nature Accessible

Movements Announce Cross-Denominational Synagogue Inclusion Effort

The Reform, Reconstructionist, Orthodox and Conservative movements announced on Monday a plan for collaborating to work toward the increased inclusion of people with disabilities in synagogues.

Rabbi Lynne Landsberg of the URJ has helped to spearhead the Hineinu initiative.

Obamacare Bleeding From Self-Inflicted Wounds

The worst wounds a politician can suffer are usually self-inflicted.  Nixon had Watergate, Clinton had Monica Lewinsky, Reagan had Iran-Contra, Bush 41 had "read my lips" and his son, Bush 43, had Katrina.

And now it's Barack Obama and "if you like your insurance plan you can keep it."

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