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release date: Apr 13, 2015
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Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts

The love of books in the Jewish tradition extends back over many centuries, and the ways of interpreting those books are as myriad as the traditions themselves. Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink offers the first full survey of Jewish illuminated manuscripts, ranging from their origins in the Middle Ages to the present day. Featuring some of the most beautiful examples of Jewish art of all time―including hand-illustrated versions of the Bible, the Haggadah, the prayer book, marriage documents, and other beloved Jewish texts―the book introduces readers to the history of these manuscripts and their interpretation.

Edited by Marc Michael Epstein with contributions from leading experts, this sumptuous volume features a lively and informative text, showing how Jewish aesthetic tastes and iconography overlapped with and diverged from those of Christianity, Islam, and other traditions. Featured manuscripts were commissioned by Jews and produced by Jews and non-Jews over many centuries, and represent Eastern and Western perspectives and the views of both pietistic and liberal communities across the Diaspora, including Europe, Israel, the Middle East, and Africa.

Magnificently illustrated with pages from hundreds of manuscripts, many previously unpublished or rarely seen, Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink offers surprising new perspectives on Jewish life, presenting the books of the People of the Book as never before.

release date: Jan 03, 2001
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Ketubbah: The Art of the Jewish Marriage Contract
The custom of illuminating the traditional Jewish marriage contract, the ketubbah, developed over the last four centuries into a rich and varied form of Jewish folk art. This book offers a broad selection from one of the outstanding collections of ketubbot, representing Jewish communities from the Near East to Northern Europe. It focuses particularly on the ketubbot of Italy, where the art of the illuminated ketubbah found its most beautiful expression during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, under the influence of Renaissance and Baroque art.
Co-produced with the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, home to one of the largest collections of ketubbot, this book also offers a fascinating account of Jewish marriage customs and a vivid picture of diverse Jewish communities.
release date: Sep 15, 1998
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Jerusalem Stone and Spirit: 3000 Years of History and Art
This unique view of the Holy City is a blend of compelling history and sumptuous visuals, featuring new scholarship and many previously unpublished images collected from all over the world.
release date: Nov 01, 1990
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Ketubbah: Jewish Marriage Contracts of Hebrew Union College, Skirball Museum, and Klau Library (Philip and Muriel Berman Edition)

The illustrated Ketubbah is a unique artifact of Judaica. It is, first of all, a legal document virtually unchanged since talmudic times, but it is also an artistic expression of aesthetic tastes and social mores from centuries of Jewish wandering and just as much a part of today's Jewish wedding ceremonies as it was hundreds of years ago. This gorgeous collection of kettubim includes 48 color plates and 124 black and white photographs.

release date: May 01, 2000
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A Crown for a King: Studies in Jewish Art, History, and Archaeology in Memory of Stephen S. Kayser

Jewish art and material culture are the subjects of this unique volume presented in memory of a truly profound thinker and scholar, Professor Stephen S. Kayser. A CROWN FOR A KING brings together scholars from Israel, the U.S. and Europe writing on a wide range of Professor Kayser's interests: from archaeology to ceremonial art, from the medieval period to the 20th century. Gefen Publishing House (Jerusalem / New York) and the Judah L. Magnes Museum of Berkeley, California have released this very special volume in memory of Prof. Stephen S. Kayser (1900-1988) - the renowned pioneer in the field of Jewish Museum Art. During his tenure as founding curator of the Jewish Museum in New York, Prof. Kayser was responsible for many important Judaica exhibitions.

release date: Dec 01, 2001
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Romance and Ritual: Celebrating the Jewish Wedding
Romance and Ritual explores the Jewish wedding and related themes of courtship and married life through customs and rituals from different times and places. Included are may treasured works, including rare, illuminated ketubbot (wedding contracts) from the 17th to 20th centuries and embroidered Wimpels or Torah binders; newly restored American wedding gowns from the late 19th century to the present accompanied by personal and touching stories; and mementos - postcards, sheet music, invitations - that celebrate the universal aspiratons couples have when embarking upon marriage. Additional wedding clothing reflects Jewish communites in Morocco, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Rhodes. Portraits celebrate the virtues of marriage, depicting couples well into their marriages. Essays on wedding dress preservation and recommendations to the modern bride are also included. Though Jewish law stipulates very few requirements for a wedding, many special customs and rituals have been developed over time and in different countries to embellish this important personal event. The ketubbah documents the marriage. A huppa, or canopy, symbolizes the home the couple will build together. Blessings are recited and the bride and groom share from the same cup of wine. The giving of the ring represents the promise of the ancient wedding vow. Sometimes the groom breaks a glass, the bride circles the groom, family and friends lift the couple on chairs.
release date: Mar 21, 2005
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The Moriah Haggadah: Collector's Edition (Philip and Muriel Berman Edition)

The illuminated haggadah is the most popular artistic book in Jewish history. The word “haggadah” means recital—namely, reciting or telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt—following the biblical exhortation to tell the next generation the story of the redemption of the Israelites. This special full-color collector’s edition of The Moriah Haggadah, with art and calligraphy faithfully reproduced from the original hand-painted edition, is enhanced with a clear and precise English translation and commentary. All translations of biblical texts are from the 1917 and 1985 Jewish Publication Society translations of the TANAKH, which have been modified to make the texts gender sensitive.

Avner Moriah’s prodigious talent and curiosity, his deep personal identification with the themes of the festival and its special book, and his imaginative visualizations have given rise to an inspiring contemporary interpretation of the ancient Passover story. Moriah imbues the words with captivating modern images and new ways to penetrate its many hidden meanings.

Izzy Pludwinski’s elegant calligraphy gives the Hebrew characters unique beauty, and the commentary by Shlomo Fox provides new insights into the familiar text.

release date: Jun 23, 1998
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Treasures of Jewish Art: From the Jacobo and Asea Furman Collection of Judaica
Surveys the history of Jewish art within Jewish culture, and describes examples of especially fine artwork
release date: May 01, 1997
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Jerusalem, Stone and Spirit: 3000 Years of History and Art (English and Hebrew Edition)
Book and Slipcase: With its integration of fascinating historical text and spectacularly beautiful artworks collected especially for this purpose from all over the world, Jerusalem reveals itself as a unique blend of reality and imagination, matter and spirit.
release date: Jul 17, 2021
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