Rebecca Schischa


Art Kibbutz Bears First Fruits

By Rebecca Schischa

Art Kibbutz Bears First Fruits
There was giant Hebrew letter Shin representing the Shekhina — the Godly presence — constructed out of large branches to be launched on a lake and set on fire, a 12-tone music system assigned to the Hebrew alphabet and the 72 names of God, and organic art installations hanging from trees in the forest.Read More


Mysterious Manuscript Owners Come To Life

By Rebecca Schischa

Mysterious Manuscript Owners Come To Life
While a bunch of musty old books may not, at first, sound like a diverting idea for an exhibition, Columbia University has succeeded in bringing to life an illuminating collection of Judaic manuscripts.Read More


Confessions of an Orthodox Feminist

By Rebecca Schischa

Confessions of an Orthodox Feminist
Over the recent (and somewhat endless) round of high holidays this year, I came to some disconcerting realizations about my attitude to shul-going as a woman and a feminist.Read More


Window to a Medieval Seder

By Rebecca Schischa

Window to a Medieval Seder
Each Haggadah tells not just the story of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, but also the story of its owners. Containing worn, loose or torn out pages, covered with wine stains and littered with matzo crumbs, the Haggadah reflects how Jews celebrate the yearly rituals of the Seder night.Read More


Monday Music: 'Jewish Voices' in Prayer

By Rebecca Schischa

Monday Music: 'Jewish Voices' in Prayer
Nina Beilina, a violinist and professor at Mannes College The New School for Music, describes herself as a traditional, if not a religious Jew. It was when she was branded a “Yid” on the streets of Russia that she first felt really Jewish. “I was brought up by my parents to be cosmopolitan, international; then the Stalin era came and anti-Semitism was blooming. I turned to being nationalistic, not international. I was proud to be Jewish,” she said.Read More



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