JerusalemMapSixDaysFifty years after the Six Day War, the Modern State of Israel obsesses over its physical survival versus its moral survival as a democratic Jewish state. Politics are seen as the means by which Israelis think about the meaning of Jewish existence (rather than union with God). The result is a people who have “cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and have blasphemed the word of the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 5:24

The way for Jews (and humanity) to be fulfilled resides not in the Modern State of Israel but rather in the Holy One of Israel.

StreetArt17yMidtown, NYC – June 2, 2017

Morgam-ThoreauThis Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal, billed as “the most comprehensive exhibition devoted to the life of one of America’s most influential authors and thinkers, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862),” is at the Morgan Library and Museum through September 10.

“All this is perfectly evident to the observant eye, thus each wind is self-registering.” Thoreau (last journal entry)

ShavuotThis woman is celebrating Shavuot and her daughter’s Bot Mitzvah today.

“Bestow thy salvation upon thy well-beloved; she thirsteth for thy loving kindness, yea she longeth and pineth for thee…Be merciful unto us, O God, be merciful unto us: for our soul trusteth in thee.” Standard Machsor, 1925


StreetArt17t.JPGFor these ladies, just off a plane from Japan, the Magnolia Bakery in Midtown was their first stop.

Greenberg-GillPhotographic works by Leslie Gill, Francis McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle at Howard Greenberg Gallery through July 7, 2017.

TasteNY11TasteNYTasteNY10TasteNY9TasteNY2TasteNY5Among the many excellent products at this year’s Taste NY were Mercers wine ice cream and “KAS” Traditional Krupnikas, a handcrafted spiced honey liqueur — like from the old country.

RoseDrinking Rose’ wines can be a counterintuitive experience. Given the color, it’s easy to think, watery and sweet, but the good ones are dry, complex, structured and glorious, especially with food. Corsica is a go-to place for Rose’, but Germany and Greece are right there as well, with local varietals and styles that make for memorable Rose’ experiences. Three that we like: Meyer-Nakel Rose’ 2016 Spatburgunder Ahr, Wagner Stemple Rose’ 2016 Gutswein, and Kechris Rose’ 2016 Restina-Xinomauro

LatinAmericanArtGeorgeTookerGeorgiaO'Keeffe-PotFeathersWith Latin America dominating the American art scene, two works by American artists George Tooker and Georgia O’Keeffe, being sold at Christie’s and Sotheby’s today, are especially noteworthy.