By NoCamels Team
The bible has for centuries been a source of inspiration and influence for art in all its forms. The canonical collection of texts sacred to Abrahamic religions has indeed inspired some of the world’s greatest known works of art.
Israeli photographer Dikla Laor has worked for six years to bring the stories of female biblical figures to life through the camera lens, embarking on a unique project to imagine these characters’ appearances, dress, and demeanor against breathtaking backdrops. Her “Biblical Women Series” includes the “first woman,” Eve, the Jewish matriarchs – Sarah, Rivka (Rebecca), Leah and Rachel – Lot’s wife, the Queen of Sheba, the prophetess Deborah, and Jezebel, among over 40 such photographs.
By Lior Zaltzman for Kveller
OK, OK. I really don’t know much about football. (And I *know* I’m not the only one, right?) But I know that Super Bowl parties usually have really good snacks, and the televised event is full of very expensive, sometimes moving and sometimes hilarious commercials. And yes, I know that there are some pretty good reasons to feel icky about supporting the NFL.
By Francine Wolfisz for JewishNews.Times of Israel
Ten reasons why Israel is now the go-to nation for original TV drama
When Israel celebrated its 20th Independence Day in 1968, another milestone was gladly reached when black-and-white images of the parade were filmed for the first time by a state broadcaster and shown to the nation.
Politics, pig farmers and lacrosse are among the fresh plot lines of new Jewish and Israeli movies being screened at film festivals around the United States this winter and spring, from Atlanta, Phoenix and San Diego (all in February), and from Miami to Houston (in January and March, respectively; check your local Jewish film festival website for specific dates and movie listings). Cinematic trends that show no sign of slowing down are explorations of ultra-Orthodox society and Holocaust films from Eastern European countries.
New Jewish Documentation Center, Containing 100 Years of Jewish Life in Mexico City, Opens This Week
By Alan Grabinsky for Tablet Magazine
The paper legacies of separate immigrant communities return under one roof after earthquake-induced exile
A catastrophic 1985 earthquake that killed thousands of people in Mexico City and destroyed the (back-then) Jewish neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa also left the archives of the Ashkenazi community in a state of complete disarray, stashed away in makeshift boxes in the damp and dark basement of the Nidje Israel synagogue, colloquially known as Acapulco 70 for its street address. In the early 1990s, Alicia Gojman de Backal, a history professor at the National University of Mexico, decided to make sense of this archival nightmare. The result was Generations of Jews in Mexico a seven-tome encyclopedic history of the Ashkenazi community in Mexico published in 1993 and the birth of Mexico City’s Jewish Documentation Center, which will reopen this week in its new home in the historical Rodfe Sedek synagogue.
BY JOSH WEISS for JWeekly
Almost 20 years since the publication of “The Bad Beginning” and 13 years (a fittingly unlucky figure) since its film adaptation, Netflix has given Lemony Snicket’s book series, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” new life. All eight episodes of the first season were released on Jan. 13.
Filled with incredible actors, breathtaking set designs and an engaging plot infused with humor and melancholy, the new show is everything fans could have hoped for after all this time.
By Shira Feder for The Forward
There was a time when to any Jew in the know, “the mountains” meant the Catskills, and “the Catskills” meant the Borscht Belt, the site of orgiastic meals, frenzied sexual activity and cutting edge comedy. (A sampling: “Did you hear about the bum who walked up to a Jewish mother on the street and said, ‘Lady, I haven’t eaten in three days.’ ’ ‘Force yourself,’ she replied.” And yes, Woody Allen, Jerry Lewis and Jerry Seinfeld all performed there.)