Middle-Earth Midrash: A Jewish View of The Hobbit (part 1)

December 11, 2013 at 9:03 am by

  Note: the printed book The Hobbit (1994 edition) is indicated by an italicized title, while Peter Jackson’s 2012 film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is referred to with quotation marks. “According to the Nature of the Dwarves”: An Introduction to Dwarves and Jews On my way home from seeing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” […]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Elie Lichtschein at Jewish Eyes on the Arts Salon

May 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm by

Elie Lichtschein is a Jewish singer-songwriter based in Washington DC. His music seamlessly fuses an old-school rock sensibility with lyrics that focus on personal experience, spirituality and truth. Winded from the long trip from DC, Elie breezed into the room with a group of friends and family in tow. He quickly took the stage to […]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jonah’s love, music and mysticism at the Salon

April 18, 2013 at 11:25 am by

  Jonah Rank is  a musician and rabbinical student, and the co-founder of Jewish Eyes on the Arts.  Jonah is a trailblazer, combining the somewhat unlikely combination of humorous music with a deep passion for spiritual and intellectual growth, making him a unique voice in the world of both music and Judaism. His work encompasses […]

Punk Rock Moses: How a Raucous Musical Community Helped Me Rebuild My Faith

May 15, 2012 at 11:13 am by

Growing up, Judaism was an ever-present entity in my life. My family went to synagogue every week, hung Israeli flags everywhere, attended all days of every high holiday, danced in a circle on occasion, kept Kosher (only at home near the shiny, renovated Kosher kitchen though), placed Adam Sandler on a pedestal higher than most […]

A Jewish Autumn by Becky Silverstein

October 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm by

This blog was originally posted on October 7th, in State of Formation. It is based on the poem “A Jewish Autumn,” written by Avraham Halfi. I studied this poem this week in the Hartman Institute Seminar for Rabbinical Students. It was originally written in Hebrew. The translation is adapted from Alma – A Home For […]