Menachem Wecker


All God’s Griffins Got Wings at Cleveland Synagogue

By Menachem Wecker

All God’s Griffins Got Wings at Cleveland Synagogue
Winged lions and Orthodox temples don’t usually go together. In the midst of a renovation, Cleveland’s historic Green Road Synagogue ponders removing the griffins for aesthetic reasons.Read More


Mystical Gardening and Digital Art

By Menachem Wecker

Mystical Gardening and Digital Art
Growing up in central New Jersey in the early 1950s, Allen Hirsh knew virtually nothing about Judaism as a religion. “My family was rather typical of the community: extremely left-wing labor Zionists,” he said of his parents, who spoke Yiddish at least half of the time in the house. Hirsh’s father, a chicken farmer-turned-landscaper, went to kheyder for 11 years and “was considered a Yiddish language scholar by other farmers,” Hirsh said. His father, he notes, took several “extended trips” to Israel during the Suez crisis “to help build the fledgling chicken industry at Kibbutz Gesher HaZiv in northern Israel.”Read More


Meret Oppenheim’s Magical Tables and Teacups

By Menachem Wecker

Photo: Suzanne Khalil/NMWA Read More


Getting Back to the Garden (of Eden)

By Menachem Wecker

Getting Back to the Garden (of Eden)
Biblical symbols abound in modern culture. The Museum of Biblical Art’s new exhibition shows how contemporary artists represent the Garden of Eden.Read More



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