Category Archives: Judaism

Chicken Soup Column: Israel’s Ritual Art Strengthens the Soul

By Penny Nisson, Jewish Education Coordinator Members and friends of the Mizel Museum returned from our first group tour to Israel in late October. As one of the lucky travelers on this triumphant journey, I was fortunate to meet many … Continue reading

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Building Up and Breaking Down: Art & Culture Tour of Israel, Day 2

By Alyssa Kapnik This week I’m in Israel with the Mizel’s Art & Culture tour of Israel.  This morning we were in an Arab town, Umm-El Fahem, surrounded by the drawings and paintings of inexperienced young Palestinian and Arab-Israeli artists, … Continue reading

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The Festival of Booths

Coming on the heels of the Jewish High Holidays, Sukkot or the Festival of Booths is a week-long fall festival. During Sukkot, it is customary for Jewish families and congregations to build temporary structures called Sukkahs, in their yards or … Continue reading

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The Art of Shabbat

By Penny Nisson, Jewish Education Coordinator When I think of Shabbat, a word derived from Hebrew root words meaning to rest, I think of the essence of being human and having free will. The celebratory aspects of Shabbat come into … Continue reading

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Sukkot: Ancient Roots, Contemporary Relevance

The autumn harvest festival of Sukkot is named after the temporary shelter or hut (sukkah) in which Jewish people gather during this seven day celebration. It is a joyous festival that focuses our attention on the outdoors. Agricultural in origin, … Continue reading

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Art and Midrash

By Sari Horovitz What is the Midrashic Process? Midrash, from the Hebrew root “drash” means to seek. In the Torah context, the midrash is seeking to interpret particular areas of the text that are either opaque, vague, lacking detail or … Continue reading

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