All posts in category Holocaust

What If You Trivialize Hitler?

My article “What If You Trivialize Hitler?” — about the Holocaust art of Bruce Gendelman — appears in Mosaic magazine. (The Jewish Journal, LA, also excerpts it.) Here’s the lede: “How do you shoot the devil in the back?” asks the character played by Kevin Spacey in the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects. A similar […]

Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world

My article “Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Update: On the NCR podcast, Brittany Wilmes and Julia Lieblich say exceedingly nice things about my article (starting around the 5:05 mark, although the whole podcast is worth a listen).

In His Biblical Scenes, the 17th-Century Dutch Painter Jan Steen Rivals Rembrandt Himself

My article “In His Biblical Scenes, the 17th-Century Dutch Painter Jan Steen Rivals Rembrandt Himself” appears in Mosaic magazine.

Chess Life article about Bobby Fischer

My article “Searching for Fischer’s Legacy,” which reflects on Bobby Fischer’s legacy 10 years after his death, appears in the March 2018 issue of Chess Life magazine. It may be accessed in PDF format via this link. To read the entire issue of Chess Life, and to subscribe to future issues, visit this link to […]

Does the Vatican Have the Ancient Jerusalem Temple Menorah?

My article “Does the Vatican Have the Ancient Jerusalem Temple Menorah?” appears in National Review. It draws upon an exhibition at the Yeshiva University Museum about the Arch of Titus, which includes a recreation of the Jerusalem spoils section.

The Aesthetics of Horror

My article “The Aesthetics of Horror,” about an exhibit on architecture and the Holocaust at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, appears in Sojourners magazine.

A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History

My article “A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History,” co-written with E.A. Carmean Jr., appears in the Wall Street Journal. It addresses Jules Olitski’s “Elyon,” installed at the Beth Tzedec synagogue in Toronto.

Artist’s drawing of a herring on a bialy gains an audience in Bialystok — and Hollywood

My article “Artist’s drawing of a herring on a bialy gains an audience in Bialystok — and Hollywood,” which draws upon an interview with Mel Brooks, appears in Religion News Service.

(Forward) Jewish Philanthropist Establishes Kansas City As Cultural Mecca

My article “Jewish Philanthropist Establishes Kansas City As Cultural Mecca,” which draws upon interviews with Henry Bloch, 94, co-founder (and the ‘H’ in) H&R Block, about the new wing named for him at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum, appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.

(JTA) Italy’s only female rabbi is on a mission to expand the tribe

My article “Italy’s only female rabbi is on a mission to expand the tribe” appears in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

  • Selected articles

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Confederate monuments "Confederate Monuments and the Power of Absence." Religion & Politics. Oct. 2017.

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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