Menachem Wecker, a freelance journalist based in Washington DC, covers art, culture, religion, and education for a variety of publications.
The author of “The Wreck of the Jewish Museum” joins us in the studio to expand on his ideas.
It’s one thing to hold a jazz night in order to draw people into a synagogue building. It’s quite another to show them why the synagogue exists and how it serves its purpose in existing.
From its priceless collection of artworks, a foremost cultural institution has harvested mainly inferior examples for display, while submerging Jewish identity in a sea of “universal values.”
The question has plagued artists ever since the Holocaust. At least one contemporary artist manages to pass the test.
Like Rembrandt’s, Steen’s art reflects a tremendous effort to humanize Jewish figures.
In his paintings of Jacob and his twelve sons, the 17th-century Spanish master humanizes his subjects, rendering them approachable and individual rather than remote and ethereal.