Meir Soloveichik is the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York and director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.
Michelangelo’s universally admired depiction of one of history’s most famous Jews is not the least bit Jewish. Take, on the other hand, Rembrandt.
In his rendering of the banishment of Ishmael, the Torah reading for Rosh Hashanah, Rembrandt reminds us of the bond between Jews and humanity at large.
A tale of two paintings and one city.
How does the great painter render the tale of Balaam and the ass?
To perceive without seeing, and to utilize sight to sharpen rather than to detract from insight, is an essential Jewish task. This is the challenge that Rembrandt allows us to glimpse.
What Rembrandt’s etching of Joseph and his family shows us about Judaism, and mankind.
If Judaism’s idea of art is one that can truly represent our frail, fallible humanity, then Rembrandt, who captured faces “without any attempt to beautify them,” is the artist for Jews.
A leading historian of American Judaism discusses Abraham Lincoln’s fascination with the Jews—and Jews’ fascination with Lincoln.
Not only strikingly beautiful, his painting of Moses holding the Ten Commandments also happens to be one of the most authentically Jewish works of art ever created.
The key to Jewish continuity lies in observance of Jewish law, a fact Jewish conservatives would do well to remember.
Bokser smells like Limburger cheese. It’s also an embodiment of Jewish vitality and endurance.
An acclaimed food writer and culinary historian knew that to understand Jewish food was to understand Judaism itself.
The reason Jews can’t pray at Judaism’s holiest site.
The Orthodox Jew discovers a fascinating intellectual anomaly: a non-rabbinic Jew who approaches the Bible with deep reverence.