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  • A Lamentation on the Destruction of the Temple

    July 12, 2013 | 11:38 am

    1.  The absence of Presence
    The Romans are approaching. We wallow in callous pettiness. The city will fall soon.
    Desolation.

    2. The presence of Absence
    They are despoiling the sanctuary. We wail in piteous grief. Sun and moon are eclipsed. Horror.

    3. The presence of Presence
    It’s all over now. The dew washes clean our punished world. A lilac is blooming.
    Consolation.

    Copyright © 2013, Jonathan Omer-Man. For more, visit omer-man.net.

  • Balancing Israel of War and Israel of Peace

    By David Suissa

    December 12, 2012 | 10:32 am

    There’s been a lot of talk in our community lately about this notion of “balance,” particularly around the question of whether Israel supporters should balance their support for Israel with empathy for the enemy.

    This is an important subject — balancing the love for our own...

  • Monumental Roman-era synagogue uncovered

    July 2, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    Archaeologists digging just a few kilometers from the fishing village where Jesus is believed to have preached, have uncovered a monumental Roman-era synagogue with an exquisite, colorful mosaic floor with fine female faces.

    “An inscription in Hebrew has two female faces on either...

  • Roman Jewry mourns Italian Muslim leader

    June 26, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    The Rome Jewish community mourned the death of an Italian Muslim leader who was a key figure in promoting interfaith Jewish-Muslim relations.

    Mario Scialoja, a retired Italian diplomat and the first president of the Italian office of the World Muslim League, died Monday in Rome. His...

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  • Scholar explores ancient Jewish reactions to ancient pagan statues

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Imagine a rabbi encountering a statue of Zeus in Roman Palestine, circa 70 to 300 C.E. -- a monotheist's nightmare.

    "The myth is that he would have uttered something like the Yiddish 'gevalt,'" said professor Yaron Z. Eliav of the University of Michigan, who recently spoke about...

  • The Getty Villa: The ‘Wow’ Factor

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Before me sat a poet, flanked on each side by his muses. Was this Orpheus himself? His lyre was missing, and he looked off in the distance. Were the muses there to inspire him, or perhaps, to inspire me?

    No, this was not just another late night of hanging out with Mary Kate and...

  • The Treasures on Top of the Mountain

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By many accounts, it ranks just below Jerusalem as one of Israel's most beloved treasures. It holds United Nations Education, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) status as a World Heritage Site. Conde Nast Traveler magazine even named it the "World's Best Monument."

    Masada,...

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