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  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    4 days ago

    This weekend, I would like to present you a movie you've probably heard of before, since it was nominated for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, for the Best Foreign Language Film category. This drama, which tackles one of the most delicate topics in the Jewish community in Israel, is...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli singer-songwriter Aviv Gefen does not have the most beautiful voice in the world. In fact, he often refers to himself as “having the singing voice of a toad,” but still, he managed to become one of the most important musicians in Israeli culture. It happened in the 90’s,...

  • A Jewish commune and lessons of sharing

    By Avishay Artsy

    2 weeks ago

    One of the hardest lessons to teach a young child is the value of sharing. How do you explain to your son or daughter that they should hand off their cherished teddy bear or toy truck to another child? The word “mine” is one of the first words to come out of a toddler’s mouth, and...

  • Saving the World—one painting (or sculpture) at a time

    By Mindy Leaf

    2 weeks ago

    Once I would have been called an "art groupie." From creating art as a kid to following in the footsteps of my favorite masters--both in technique and training--I allowed art to rule my life. At least for a time, before the hard knocks of reality took hold.

    But I never totally...

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  • Price-Less Art

    By Mindy Leaf

    3 weeks ago

    A new musician-friend of mine recently handed me his latest CD, which I happily accepted. It was "Volume 7" in a professionally produced series, all available free of charge. I knew I wasn't on his "preferred recipient" list, as his entire output was also laid out neatly in a box...

  • Agnieszka Kurant and the art of what’s missing

    June 1, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    On June 5, Agnieszka Kurant will become one of only a handful of artists to have their work adorn the famous curved facade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum here.

    Kurant’s “The End of Signature,” a neon white projection created from the actual signatures of museum visitors with...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 22, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    This weekend. I would like to present you with the new SMS- based therapy, which is about to help many.


    So long couch, hello cellphone. Instead of undergoing psychotherapy, some people find it easier and more discreet to text-message their therapist. Enter Talkspace, a provider...

  • With a $180 million Picasso, art market enters a new frontier

    May 12, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    When Picasso's "Les Femmes d'Alger (Version O)" set a record on Monday as the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction, it was by a wide margin of nearly $40 million, fetching just under $180 million.

    Christie's' sale of 35 works spanning the 20th and nascent 21st centuries...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 8, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    Yehudit Ravitz is one of the most appreciated Israeli artists. With a career spanning over 30 years and 12 solo albums, the singer-songwriter stands behind songs that every single one of us knows by heart.


    Ravitz’ musical career began in the army, when she was accepted to the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 17, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    This week’s Israeli creation doesn’t really need an introduction. Balkan Beat Box (BBB,) is one of the most famous Israeli musical groups in the world, and chances are you already know all of their big hits, even if you’ve never actually heard of them before.


    Balkan Beat Box...

  • Passing an art legacy on to the next generation

    April 17, 2015 | 11:04 am

    During the lengthy visits she would have with her great-uncle and great-aunt, David and Rivka Labkovski, at their home in South Africa, Leora Raikin — who was a young girl at the time — recalls these relatives being a bit eccentric.

    David owned one pair of shoes, and Rivka — the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 27, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    Do you enjoy your occasional opera and classical music? Do you enjoy it even better when it’s mixed with modern pop? If so, you must start listening to Israeli singer David D’Or – an Israeli singer, composer and songwriter, who has a vocal range of more than four octaves (which is...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    The best way to describe Israeli singer Shlomo Artzi would probably be “one big, timeless rock star.” With more than 50 years on stage and more than 1.5 million albums sold (big numbers in a country with a population of 7 million,) he is probably the most successful musician in...

  • Are there limits to humor?

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    February 26, 2015 | 5:22 pm

    Scandals involving rabbis or celebrities, a massively destructive Web hack, Ebola, Middle East unrest, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, even ISIS — when it comes to brainstorming for Purim content, today’s Jews see every strange or terrifying story as comedic potential. In...

  • Liebermann: An Artist’s Studio

    By Milad Doroudian

    January 24, 2015 | 6:52 am

    In 2012, the famous Nazi apartment in Munich that held more than 1000 works of stolen art from all over Germany and the world, also held a few disparate pieces by the renowned Impressionist, Max Liebermann. Yet, outside of the art historian bromide-universe he is not so acclaimed,...

  • On culture and sexuality

    January 16, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    The news is in. Kim Kardashian has released her most explicit photos ever, and an enthused public is looking for more.   

    Why is popular culture obsessed with sexuality?  Why are magazines for the masses checkered with accounts of the dalliances of the rich, the coupling habits...

  • Jack Bender’s lost and found

    January 7, 2015 | 3:29 pm

    During his recent art show, “Junk Blessings,” at the Jewish rehab center Beit T’Shuvah, Jack Bender took the microphone and told the eclectic crowd that when he was a kid, “I’d throw paint up … and call it art. I sometimes feel like I’m still doing that.” 

    It was a humble...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 2, 2015 | 12:58 pm

    Today, I would like to present to you an Israeli online store, which allows visitors to take home a piece of Jerusalem. The City of David store is located at the heart of the actual City of David in Jerusalem, but also sells products online. It offers special products from the City...

  • Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, it is objective.

    By Milad Doroudian

    December 25, 2014 | 10:48 pm

    It is no particular secret that human beings enjoy looking at aesthetically pleasing things, whether it is art, nature, or just other people. Our eyes are drawn to beauty, to the pleasing colours, lines, and shapes of the world around us, which in turn play a substantial role in...

  • Exodus at (Cedars-)Sinai

    By Jared Sichel

    December 11, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    In 2003, when John T. Lange was hired as curator of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s vast contemporary art collection, one of his first tasks was to take inventory of the items in the collection’s storage room.

    Rummaging through a stack high up on a shelf, Lange came across...

  • A Bright Light For The L.A. Art Scene: QART.COM Gallery Opening

    By Milad Doroudian

    December 9, 2014 | 8:11 am

    How much do you know about Stan Lee, despite the fact that he was Jewish, and had something to do with Spiderman? If not much, then here is your chance to discover one of the reasons why he is considered to be one of the most important comic-book artists of all time.

    Quality Art...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 5, 2014 | 1:45 pm


    How many times have you promised yourself that "the diet starts tomorrow," but couldn't keep that promise? Sometimes it seems that no matter how much we want to live and maintain a healthier lifestyle, temptations around us prevent it from happening.

    A new Israeli startup,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2014 | 11:53 am

    This week, I would like to introduce you to the most Hollywood-like Israeli TV series, which is a combination of non-stop action, thrills and drama.

    New-York, which is filmed partly in Manhattan and partly in Israel, tells the story of Yossi Elharizi, the illegitimate son of...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 14, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    There isn’t much to say about Cherry Tomato. I’m sure you all know and love it, whether it is part of a dish or a healthy snack. The small-sized tomatoes are believed to go all the way back to Aztec Mexico in the 15th century. The Santorini Cherry Tomatoes were used in Greece in...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 7, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    “GO GO Power Rangers!” If you grew up in the 90’s, this catch phrase was a big part of your childhood. If not, you probably heard of the live- action children’s television series at some point, but did you know it was created by Israeli Haim Saban?


    Nowadays, Saban is deeply...

  • My job is to scare you

    October 30, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    I always knew that writing and visual arts would be unpredictable career paths. But I’ve discovered that there is one thing that I can always count on: dead bodies.

    As the art director for the “Scare Zones” at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, I oversee the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 17, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Ninet Tayeb is an Israeli singer and actress, who rose to stardom in 2003, as the winner of the first season of Kochav Nolad (the Israeli version of American Idol.)


    Ninet Tayeb became the “Naional Sweetheart,” after winning the contest, especially thanks to her “Cinderella...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 19, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    You have SNL, we got Eretz Nehederet (“a wonderful country”) – a satirical television series, which makes fun of everything and everyone. The show, debuted on November 7, 2003, features satirical references to the main affairs of the week through parodies of the people involved, as...

  • Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Berlin exhibition

    September 16, 2014 | 9:07 am

    Moshe Gershuni's expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer.

    Titled "No Father No Mother", the retrospective of paintings...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 12, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Kindle – what a life changing invention. This small device made reading “cool” again by enabling users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other digital media via wireless networking. But what does it have to do with Israel?


    It is...

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