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OH, YEAH, SURE, JUST A PASSOVER SHOW TOWEL
Have you ever covered a towel so that people wouldn’t see that it was used?  Probably not.  However, doing just that was a regional Alsatian practice where people would hang a towel near the front door so that guests could wash as they entered—and not after entering.  Yet, hanging a dirty rag outside the entrance of a home would certainly not do!  Instead, they hid the soiled towel with an embroidered towel. Alsatian Jews adapted this practice, and used a decorative towel to hide the soiled towel actually used during the hand-washing ritual of the Passover Seder.
Passover Seder show towel (Sederwehl), Probably Alsace, ca. 1830. Linen:  painted. Collection of YU Museum collection (2006.231).

OH, YEAH, SURE, JUST A PASSOVER SHOW TOWEL

Have you ever covered a towel so that people wouldn’t see that it was used?  Probably not.  However, doing just that was a regional Alsatian practice where people would hang a towel near the front door so that guests could wash as they entered—and not after entering.  Yet, hanging a dirty rag outside the entrance of a home would certainly not do!  Instead, they hid the soiled towel with an embroidered towel. Alsatian Jews adapted this practice, and used a decorative towel to hide the soiled towel actually used during the hand-washing ritual of the Passover Seder.

Passover Seder show towel (Sederwehl), Probably Alsace, ca. 1830. Linen:  painted. Collection of YU Museum collection (2006.231).

WHAT SEDER PLATE ARE YOU GOING TO USE? SOMETHING IRIDESCENT I HOPE!
Does this remind you of an oyster? Many Jews who took the cure at Karlsbad, an incredible spa town a few hours from Prague, took home souvenir Seder plates resembling contemporary oyster plates in their basic form.
Seder Plate, Paul Kuechler, Karlsbad, Bohemia, early 20th century. Collection of YU Museum (2003.063).

WHAT SEDER PLATE ARE YOU GOING TO USE? SOMETHING IRIDESCENT I HOPE!

Does this remind you of an oyster? Many Jews who took the cure at Karlsbad, an incredible spa town a few hours from Prague, took home souvenir Seder plates resembling contemporary oyster plates in their basic form.

Seder Plate, Paul Kuechler, Karlsbad, Bohemia, early 20th century. Collection of YU Museum (2003.063).

* Foto: © Židovské muzeum v Praze 
MARK PODWAL’S TORAH ARK CURTAIN INSTALLED  IN ALTNEUSCHUL IN PRAGUE 
If you missed YUM’s presentation of Mark Podwal’s new textiles for the Altneuschul in Prague, you can still see the pieces… in Prague!  The following article (in Czech) discusses the pieces, their installation, and their significance.  
And check out the short video produced by curator Zachary Paul Levine on the development of these textiles at YUM’s Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/34334552
Here’s the article:
Výtvarník Marek Podwal daroval Staronové synagoze nové synagogální textilie
Patnáctého března zažila pražská židovská obec mimořádnou událost. Ve Staronové synagoze byly zasvěceny nové synagogální textilie navržené a darované významným americkým výtvarníkem a obdivovatelem židovské Prahy Markem Podwalem.
Novým rituálním textiliím dominuje parochet, tedy monumentální opona, zakrývající v synagoze svatostánek se schránkou na Tóru. K souboru dále patří tři pláštíky na svitky Tóry, pokrývky na pult k předčítání z Tóry a povlaky na polštářky. Textilie jsou zhotoveny z brokátu a mají bohaté výšivky s tradičními židovskými motivy.  
read on…

* Foto: © Židovské muzeum v Praze

MARK PODWAL’S TORAH ARK CURTAIN INSTALLED  IN ALTNEUSCHUL IN PRAGUE

If you missed YUM’s presentation of Mark Podwal’s new textiles for the Altneuschul in Prague, you can still see the pieces… in Prague!  The following article (in Czech) discusses the pieces, their installation, and their significance. 

And check out the short video produced by curator Zachary Paul Levine on the development of these textiles at YUM’s Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/34334552

Here’s the article:

Výtvarník Marek Podwal daroval Staronové synagoze nové synagogální textilie

Patnáctého března zažila pražská židovská obec mimořádnou událost. Ve Staronové synagoze byly zasvěceny nové synagogální textilie navržené a darované významným americkým výtvarníkem a obdivovatelem židovské Prahy Markem Podwalem.

Novým rituálním textiliím dominuje parochet, tedy monumentální opona, zakrývající v synagoze svatostánek se schránkou na Tóru. K souboru dále patří tři pláštíky na svitky Tóry, pokrývky na pult k předčítání z Tóry a povlaky na polštářky. Textilie jsou zhotoveny z brokátu a mají bohaté výšivky s tradičními židovskými motivy.  

read on…

SO WHERE DOES MATZAH FOR PASSOVER COME FROM ANYWAY? - PASSOVER IS ON ITS WAY!
The store?  Meh….by not… It comes from a factory! A special Factory! One filled with people and absolutely no leavend bread, special flower, and ovens! 
Matzah is the special unleavened, flat bread/cracker that many Jews eat on Passover to commemorate the Jews’ quick escape from slavery in ancient Egypt (it didn’t rise because they didn’t have time to bake the bread, having to get up and go right away). It is also called the ‘bread of affliction’ because this solid bread-ish product just sits in the stomach, leaving one filled up but still undernourished. The third reason for this bread? Sure: it’s likely that early farmers (like thousands of years ago) ate a similar bread during a festival to celebrate the first grain harvest of each spring. 
This image features a matzah factory in Israel. It was one of a series of glass lantern slides used at Cejwin Camps in Port Jervis, New York, to familiarize campers with Israel. 
2009.484 Matzah factory, Israel, ca. 1930s, Gift of Av Rivel, Collection of YU Museum

SO WHERE DOES MATZAH FOR PASSOVER COME FROM ANYWAY? - PASSOVER IS ON ITS WAY!

The store?  Meh….by not… It comes from a factory! A special Factory! One filled with people and absolutely no leavend bread, special flower, and ovens!

Matzah is the special unleavened, flat bread/cracker that many Jews eat on Passover to commemorate the Jews’ quick escape from slavery in ancient Egypt (it didn’t rise because they didn’t have time to bake the bread, having to get up and go right away). It is also called the ‘bread of affliction’ because this solid bread-ish product just sits in the stomach, leaving one filled up but still undernourished. The third reason for this bread? Sure: it’s likely that early farmers (like thousands of years ago) ate a similar bread during a festival to celebrate the first grain harvest of each spring.

This image features a matzah factory in Israel. It was one of a series of glass lantern slides used at Cejwin Camps in Port Jervis, New York, to familiarize campers with Israel.

2009.484 Matzah factory, Israel, ca. 1930s, Gift of Av Rivel, Collection of YU Museum

THERE ARE FOUR SONS. WHICH ARE YOU ON PASSOVER?
 Joseph Steinhardt’s vision of the four sons of the Passover Haggadah are highly personalized, rather than based on traditional depictions. Here the wicked son, traditionally depicted as a soldier, wears a Prussian uniform and carries a sword. The other sons: wise, simple, and the one who does not know how to ask a question.
Passover Haggadah, artist Joseph Steinhardt (1888-1940), Vienna and Berlin, 1921. Gift of Estelle Heinrich. Collection of YU Museum (2001.387)

THERE ARE FOUR SONS. WHICH ARE YOU ON PASSOVER?

Joseph Steinhardt’s vision of the four sons of the Passover Haggadah are highly personalized, rather than based on traditional depictions. Here the wicked son, traditionally depicted as a soldier, wears a Prussian uniform and carries a sword. The other sons: wise, simple, and the one who does not know how to ask a question.

Passover Haggadah, artist Joseph Steinhardt (1888-1940), Vienna and Berlin, 1921. Gift of Estelle Heinrich. Collection of YU Museum (2001.387)

LION VS BIRD! LION VS BIRD! or WHY IS IT SO RARE TO SEE A ROOSTER ON A MEDICAL DIPLOMA THESE DAYS?
This 1492 Italian diploma for a Jewish doctor is decorated with an animated confrontation between a rooster and a dog.  You can view this dazzling document in YU Museum’s current exhibition Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960, on view February 26 - August 12, 2012 @YU Museum 
  
*Photo credit: Braginsky Collection, Zurich

LION VS BIRD! LION VS BIRD! or WHY IS IT SO RARE TO SEE A ROOSTER ON A MEDICAL DIPLOMA THESE DAYS?

This 1492 Italian diploma for a Jewish doctor is decorated with an animated confrontation between a rooster and a dog.  You can view this dazzling document in YU Museum’s current exhibition Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960, on view February 26 - August 12, 2012 @YU Museum


 

*Photo credit: Braginsky Collection, Zurich

From Buzzine:THE TRUE STORY OF THE FATHER OF CHEMOTHERAPY, INSPIRATION FOR A CLASSIC FILM
By: Roslyn Bernstein
March 19, 2012

In 1940, Hollywood mogul Hal Wallis produced Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet — a biopic that starred Edward G. Robinson in the title role of scientist Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915). The film “became Hollywood’s single most important exposition of medical history,” said historian of medicine Bert Hansen, the author of Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio. For the general public, the film “offered a remarkably rich dramatization of scientific conceptions and of the process of laboratory research and discovery.”

A pioneer in the study of cells and tissues, Ehrlich was known “as the father of chemotherapy — the treatment of illness using chemicals that selectively target disease-causing agents.” He called these chemical agents “magic bullets,” and his discovery of Salvarsan, the first of these bullets, dramatically changed the treatment of Syphilis.


Ehrlich’s story, and the stories of other prominent Jewish doctors, are featured in a modest but engaging exhibit, “Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960,” that recently opened at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York. The show, presented in collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, will be up until August 12th.  
Read the whole article at Buzzinelifestyle.com
* Image: Exterminate Flies. They spread diseases. Keep your home and yard clean. Cover your food!, OSE Poster  Printed by Paul Schöpf, Berlin 1926, with the aid of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and distributed in Eastern Europe by OZE, Collection of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

From Buzzine:THE TRUE STORY OF THE FATHER OF CHEMOTHERAPY, INSPIRATION FOR A CLASSIC FILM

In 1940, Hollywood mogul Hal Wallis produced Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet — a biopic that starred Edward G. Robinson in the title role of scientist Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915). The film “became Hollywood’s single most important exposition of medical history,” said historian of medicine Bert Hansen, the author of Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio. For the general public, the film “offered a remarkably rich dramatization of scientific conceptions and of the process of laboratory research and discovery.”

A pioneer in the study of cells and tissues, Ehrlich was known “as the father of chemotherapy — the treatment of illness using chemicals that selectively target disease-causing agents.” He called these chemical agents “magic bullets,” and his discovery of Salvarsan, the first of these bullets, dramatically changed the treatment of Syphilis.

Ehrlich’s story, and the stories of other prominent Jewish doctors, are featured in a modest but engaging exhibit, “Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960,” that recently opened at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York. The show, presented in collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, will be up until August 12th. 

Read the whole article at Buzzinelifestyle.com

* Image: Exterminate Flies. They spread diseases. Keep your home and yard clean. Cover your food!, OSE Poster  Printed by Paul Schöpf, Berlin 1926, with the aid of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and distributed in Eastern Europe by OZE, Collection of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

WHY DOES THIS VIDEO SEEM A BIT WEIRD TO ME? - QUICK COMMENTARY FROM THE CURATOR

The following is a commentary response from YUM’s curator, and not indicative of any views held by YU Museum

Purim is a magical, entertaining, and nearly-always raucous occasion.  This seemingly adorable video starts with what seems like an interfaith reading of the scroll of Esther, but quickly morphs into a jolly, alcohol-infused romp of Hasidic men, with some subtle nods to the bottle dance from Fiddler on the Roof (where it originated… don’t kid yourself about it’s ‘authenticity’). Though this video is really adorable visually, it brings up some rather disturbing ideas:

That, in the end, to celebrate Jewishly, one should probably be Chasidic men dancing in a circle, because, after all, isn’t that the center of Judaism? What does this image say about pluralism, tolerance, and the goals for Judaism?  What does it say about a ‘Jewish’ view of and expectations for other religions and cultures? What are we supposed to think of the Buddhist monk who suddenly dons Chasidic garb—and a stereotypically large nose to boot?

That Purim is time for celebration marked by stereotypical dancing and alcohol guzzling. This is about on the mark as American vision of St. Patrick’s Day, which characterizes Irish people and Irish culture in an equally if not incredibly pernicious negative light. Some inebriation is part of Purim observance, but it is neither the center nor the point of the holiday.

The short cartoon ends with a salutation for a Happy Purim.  That’s wonderful, great, and absolutely in the spirit of the holiday. But I dare say that there are underlying images that are, at the very least, of dubious meaning, and, at worst, portray some negative stereotypes.

Thanks deborahfeldman!

Cute!

OH, YEAH, SURE, JUST A PASSOVER SHOW TOWEL
Have you ever covered a towel so that people wouldn’t see that it was used?  Probably not.  However, doing just that was a regional Alsatian practice where people would hang a towel near the front door so that guests could wash as they entered—and not after entering.  Yet, hanging a dirty rag outside the entrance of a home would certainly not do!  Instead, they hid the soiled towel with an embroidered towel. Alsatian Jews adapted this practice, and used a decorative towel to hide the soiled towel actually used during the hand-washing ritual of the Passover Seder.
Passover Seder show towel (Sederwehl), Probably Alsace, ca. 1830. Linen:  painted. Collection of YU Museum collection (2006.231).

OH, YEAH, SURE, JUST A PASSOVER SHOW TOWEL

Have you ever covered a towel so that people wouldn’t see that it was used?  Probably not.  However, doing just that was a regional Alsatian practice where people would hang a towel near the front door so that guests could wash as they entered—and not after entering.  Yet, hanging a dirty rag outside the entrance of a home would certainly not do!  Instead, they hid the soiled towel with an embroidered towel. Alsatian Jews adapted this practice, and used a decorative towel to hide the soiled towel actually used during the hand-washing ritual of the Passover Seder.

Passover Seder show towel (Sederwehl), Probably Alsace, ca. 1830. Linen:  painted. Collection of YU Museum collection (2006.231).

WHAT SEDER PLATE ARE YOU GOING TO USE? SOMETHING IRIDESCENT I HOPE!
Does this remind you of an oyster? Many Jews who took the cure at Karlsbad, an incredible spa town a few hours from Prague, took home souvenir Seder plates resembling contemporary oyster plates in their basic form.
Seder Plate, Paul Kuechler, Karlsbad, Bohemia, early 20th century. Collection of YU Museum (2003.063).

WHAT SEDER PLATE ARE YOU GOING TO USE? SOMETHING IRIDESCENT I HOPE!

Does this remind you of an oyster? Many Jews who took the cure at Karlsbad, an incredible spa town a few hours from Prague, took home souvenir Seder plates resembling contemporary oyster plates in their basic form.

Seder Plate, Paul Kuechler, Karlsbad, Bohemia, early 20th century. Collection of YU Museum (2003.063).

* Foto: © Židovské muzeum v Praze 
MARK PODWAL’S TORAH ARK CURTAIN INSTALLED  IN ALTNEUSCHUL IN PRAGUE 
If you missed YUM’s presentation of Mark Podwal’s new textiles for the Altneuschul in Prague, you can still see the pieces… in Prague!  The following article (in Czech) discusses the pieces, their installation, and their significance.  
And check out the short video produced by curator Zachary Paul Levine on the development of these textiles at YUM’s Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/34334552
Here’s the article:
Výtvarník Marek Podwal daroval Staronové synagoze nové synagogální textilie
Patnáctého března zažila pražská židovská obec mimořádnou událost. Ve Staronové synagoze byly zasvěceny nové synagogální textilie navržené a darované významným americkým výtvarníkem a obdivovatelem židovské Prahy Markem Podwalem.
Novým rituálním textiliím dominuje parochet, tedy monumentální opona, zakrývající v synagoze svatostánek se schránkou na Tóru. K souboru dále patří tři pláštíky na svitky Tóry, pokrývky na pult k předčítání z Tóry a povlaky na polštářky. Textilie jsou zhotoveny z brokátu a mají bohaté výšivky s tradičními židovskými motivy.  
read on…

* Foto: © Židovské muzeum v Praze

MARK PODWAL’S TORAH ARK CURTAIN INSTALLED  IN ALTNEUSCHUL IN PRAGUE

If you missed YUM’s presentation of Mark Podwal’s new textiles for the Altneuschul in Prague, you can still see the pieces… in Prague!  The following article (in Czech) discusses the pieces, their installation, and their significance. 

And check out the short video produced by curator Zachary Paul Levine on the development of these textiles at YUM’s Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/34334552

Here’s the article:

Výtvarník Marek Podwal daroval Staronové synagoze nové synagogální textilie

Patnáctého března zažila pražská židovská obec mimořádnou událost. Ve Staronové synagoze byly zasvěceny nové synagogální textilie navržené a darované významným americkým výtvarníkem a obdivovatelem židovské Prahy Markem Podwalem.

Novým rituálním textiliím dominuje parochet, tedy monumentální opona, zakrývající v synagoze svatostánek se schránkou na Tóru. K souboru dále patří tři pláštíky na svitky Tóry, pokrývky na pult k předčítání z Tóry a povlaky na polštářky. Textilie jsou zhotoveny z brokátu a mají bohaté výšivky s tradičními židovskými motivy.  

read on…

SO WHERE DOES MATZAH FOR PASSOVER COME FROM ANYWAY? - PASSOVER IS ON ITS WAY!
The store?  Meh….by not… It comes from a factory! A special Factory! One filled with people and absolutely no leavend bread, special flower, and ovens! 
Matzah is the special unleavened, flat bread/cracker that many Jews eat on Passover to commemorate the Jews’ quick escape from slavery in ancient Egypt (it didn’t rise because they didn’t have time to bake the bread, having to get up and go right away). It is also called the ‘bread of affliction’ because this solid bread-ish product just sits in the stomach, leaving one filled up but still undernourished. The third reason for this bread? Sure: it’s likely that early farmers (like thousands of years ago) ate a similar bread during a festival to celebrate the first grain harvest of each spring. 
This image features a matzah factory in Israel. It was one of a series of glass lantern slides used at Cejwin Camps in Port Jervis, New York, to familiarize campers with Israel. 
2009.484 Matzah factory, Israel, ca. 1930s, Gift of Av Rivel, Collection of YU Museum

SO WHERE DOES MATZAH FOR PASSOVER COME FROM ANYWAY? - PASSOVER IS ON ITS WAY!

The store?  Meh….by not… It comes from a factory! A special Factory! One filled with people and absolutely no leavend bread, special flower, and ovens!

Matzah is the special unleavened, flat bread/cracker that many Jews eat on Passover to commemorate the Jews’ quick escape from slavery in ancient Egypt (it didn’t rise because they didn’t have time to bake the bread, having to get up and go right away). It is also called the ‘bread of affliction’ because this solid bread-ish product just sits in the stomach, leaving one filled up but still undernourished. The third reason for this bread? Sure: it’s likely that early farmers (like thousands of years ago) ate a similar bread during a festival to celebrate the first grain harvest of each spring.

This image features a matzah factory in Israel. It was one of a series of glass lantern slides used at Cejwin Camps in Port Jervis, New York, to familiarize campers with Israel.

2009.484 Matzah factory, Israel, ca. 1930s, Gift of Av Rivel, Collection of YU Museum

THERE ARE FOUR SONS. WHICH ARE YOU ON PASSOVER?
 Joseph Steinhardt’s vision of the four sons of the Passover Haggadah are highly personalized, rather than based on traditional depictions. Here the wicked son, traditionally depicted as a soldier, wears a Prussian uniform and carries a sword. The other sons: wise, simple, and the one who does not know how to ask a question.
Passover Haggadah, artist Joseph Steinhardt (1888-1940), Vienna and Berlin, 1921. Gift of Estelle Heinrich. Collection of YU Museum (2001.387)

THERE ARE FOUR SONS. WHICH ARE YOU ON PASSOVER?

Joseph Steinhardt’s vision of the four sons of the Passover Haggadah are highly personalized, rather than based on traditional depictions. Here the wicked son, traditionally depicted as a soldier, wears a Prussian uniform and carries a sword. The other sons: wise, simple, and the one who does not know how to ask a question.

Passover Haggadah, artist Joseph Steinhardt (1888-1940), Vienna and Berlin, 1921. Gift of Estelle Heinrich. Collection of YU Museum (2001.387)

LION VS BIRD! LION VS BIRD! or WHY IS IT SO RARE TO SEE A ROOSTER ON A MEDICAL DIPLOMA THESE DAYS?
This 1492 Italian diploma for a Jewish doctor is decorated with an animated confrontation between a rooster and a dog.  You can view this dazzling document in YU Museum’s current exhibition Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960, on view February 26 - August 12, 2012 @YU Museum 
  
*Photo credit: Braginsky Collection, Zurich

LION VS BIRD! LION VS BIRD! or WHY IS IT SO RARE TO SEE A ROOSTER ON A MEDICAL DIPLOMA THESE DAYS?

This 1492 Italian diploma for a Jewish doctor is decorated with an animated confrontation between a rooster and a dog.  You can view this dazzling document in YU Museum’s current exhibition Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960, on view February 26 - August 12, 2012 @YU Museum


 

*Photo credit: Braginsky Collection, Zurich

From Buzzine:THE TRUE STORY OF THE FATHER OF CHEMOTHERAPY, INSPIRATION FOR A CLASSIC FILM
By: Roslyn Bernstein
March 19, 2012

In 1940, Hollywood mogul Hal Wallis produced Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet — a biopic that starred Edward G. Robinson in the title role of scientist Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915). The film “became Hollywood’s single most important exposition of medical history,” said historian of medicine Bert Hansen, the author of Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio. For the general public, the film “offered a remarkably rich dramatization of scientific conceptions and of the process of laboratory research and discovery.”

A pioneer in the study of cells and tissues, Ehrlich was known “as the father of chemotherapy — the treatment of illness using chemicals that selectively target disease-causing agents.” He called these chemical agents “magic bullets,” and his discovery of Salvarsan, the first of these bullets, dramatically changed the treatment of Syphilis.


Ehrlich’s story, and the stories of other prominent Jewish doctors, are featured in a modest but engaging exhibit, “Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960,” that recently opened at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York. The show, presented in collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, will be up until August 12th.  
Read the whole article at Buzzinelifestyle.com
* Image: Exterminate Flies. They spread diseases. Keep your home and yard clean. Cover your food!, OSE Poster  Printed by Paul Schöpf, Berlin 1926, with the aid of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and distributed in Eastern Europe by OZE, Collection of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

From Buzzine:THE TRUE STORY OF THE FATHER OF CHEMOTHERAPY, INSPIRATION FOR A CLASSIC FILM

In 1940, Hollywood mogul Hal Wallis produced Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet — a biopic that starred Edward G. Robinson in the title role of scientist Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915). The film “became Hollywood’s single most important exposition of medical history,” said historian of medicine Bert Hansen, the author of Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio. For the general public, the film “offered a remarkably rich dramatization of scientific conceptions and of the process of laboratory research and discovery.”

A pioneer in the study of cells and tissues, Ehrlich was known “as the father of chemotherapy — the treatment of illness using chemicals that selectively target disease-causing agents.” He called these chemical agents “magic bullets,” and his discovery of Salvarsan, the first of these bullets, dramatically changed the treatment of Syphilis.

Ehrlich’s story, and the stories of other prominent Jewish doctors, are featured in a modest but engaging exhibit, “Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960,” that recently opened at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York. The show, presented in collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, will be up until August 12th. 

Read the whole article at Buzzinelifestyle.com

* Image: Exterminate Flies. They spread diseases. Keep your home and yard clean. Cover your food!, OSE Poster  Printed by Paul Schöpf, Berlin 1926, with the aid of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and distributed in Eastern Europe by OZE, Collection of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

WHY DOES THIS VIDEO SEEM A BIT WEIRD TO ME? - QUICK COMMENTARY FROM THE CURATOR

The following is a commentary response from YUM’s curator, and not indicative of any views held by YU Museum

Purim is a magical, entertaining, and nearly-always raucous occasion.  This seemingly adorable video starts with what seems like an interfaith reading of the scroll of Esther, but quickly morphs into a jolly, alcohol-infused romp of Hasidic men, with some subtle nods to the bottle dance from Fiddler on the Roof (where it originated… don’t kid yourself about it’s ‘authenticity’). Though this video is really adorable visually, it brings up some rather disturbing ideas:

That, in the end, to celebrate Jewishly, one should probably be Chasidic men dancing in a circle, because, after all, isn’t that the center of Judaism? What does this image say about pluralism, tolerance, and the goals for Judaism?  What does it say about a ‘Jewish’ view of and expectations for other religions and cultures? What are we supposed to think of the Buddhist monk who suddenly dons Chasidic garb—and a stereotypically large nose to boot?

That Purim is time for celebration marked by stereotypical dancing and alcohol guzzling. This is about on the mark as American vision of St. Patrick’s Day, which characterizes Irish people and Irish culture in an equally if not incredibly pernicious negative light. Some inebriation is part of Purim observance, but it is neither the center nor the point of the holiday.

The short cartoon ends with a salutation for a Happy Purim.  That’s wonderful, great, and absolutely in the spirit of the holiday. But I dare say that there are underlying images that are, at the very least, of dubious meaning, and, at worst, portray some negative stereotypes.

Thanks deborahfeldman!

Cute!

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