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The banality of Himmler: ‘The Decent One’ goes deep but offers no answers

The banality of Himmler: ‘The Decent One’ goes deep but offers no answers

Boris Kurbanov, Special to The Jewish Sound   Chilling and utterly compelling, Vanessa Lapa’s new documentary “The Decent One” uses narrated excerpts from a cache of SS Chief Heinrich Himmler’s letters and diaries — including those of his wife, Marga, his parents, mistress and even daughter Gudrun — to illustrate Himmler’s ascent from a lonely,(…)

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Painting the Torah

Painting the Torah

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound How do you see Torah? That’s the question Nancy Current and Jeremy Alk will be asking upon the launch of their new class, “The Genesis of Creativity: Using Visual Midrash to Capture the Jewish Imagination.” It’s not exactly a new question. Biblically inspired art is millennia(…)

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By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Art Spiegelman has a hard time explaining his new production. It’s “somewhere between intellectual vaudeville” and “a lecture run amok” inspired by woodcut novels, the musical genius of Phillip Johnston, and an opportunity to use the Sydney Opera House. Whatever it’s about, he said, “your brain(…)

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