Category Archives: Judaism

Issachar Ber Ryback, Shtetl, My Destroyed Home, a Remembrance

Issachar Ber Ryback was born in Yelisavetgrad (now Kirovograd, Ukraine). This was also the town where some of my family emigrated from. His father was murdered during a Pogrom there, around the late 1890s (after which my family left). Ber Ryback … Continue reading

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Lionel S. Reiss, Courtyard in Chelm

Illustration of Chelm, Eastern Poland, before World War II and the Holocaust. Almost all 15,000 Jews of this town were exterminated in the concentration Sobibor by 1940.

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Ben Shahn, (1898 Russia- 1969 US), Liberation

The work below Liberation (1945), is Ben Shahn’s celebration of the end of Fascism. It is really touching and evocative. The foreground shows children playing, symbolizing exhilaration. The background shows the rubble of buildings, devastated by the War and symbolic … Continue reading

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Ben Shahn (1898 b. Russia- 1969 US), Artist

Jewish American artist known for left-wing activism and also a cartoony style. He was born in Russia but after his father was condemned to Siberia, his mother took the family to the US when Shahn was 8 years old. This … Continue reading

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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, (1836-1912), Joseph the Overseer

My favorite by him. I am less a fan of Academicism than the Symbolism movement. This is a gorgeous work.

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Murals I created for a sukkah: panels 1, 2, 3, showing Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights

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Masada by AM

“According to the histories of Josephus, the first Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire ended here. In A.D. 73, the First Jewish Revolt agains the Romans was coming to a close. After a months long siege, the Romans finally ascended … Continue reading

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Arthur Szyk, playing cards

For more on his life read here. A graphic artist who fought against the occupation of Poland and for the state of Israel.

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Azor masters ca. 1430 Esther before Ahasuerus illumination–Happy Purim

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Jewish wooden synagogue, recreated

Reconstructed from one that stood for hundreds of years in Poland. Winged keruvim at right hold the Ark of the Covenant.

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