Monday, May 29, 2006
Lively Jewish Arts and Culture
Is it God or Is it Culture?There seems to be a disconnect betweenpeople thinking about Judaism as a religion and Judaism as a culture. Judaism has both and the two sometimes live well together and sometimes not. Jewish art does not have to be religious, sacred, or ritualized. It can be religious or deal with religious questions, but Jewish art can also be about the history of Jews, it can incorporate Jewish lives and socializations, it can reflect on Jews as outsiders or Jews as perceived by non-Jews, it can utilize major Jewish themes such as tzedekah (social justice) or tikkun olam (repairing the world), the covenant with one God, or Jewish learning in an intertextual methodology -- and it can meld all of this together into a really delicious blend that is its own aesthetic.