This week on Up Close, we explore the ways art has been used to promote Jewish life and to condemn it.
First, anti-Semitic symbols were a trope of medieval art, but what if the images themselves were often the source of anti-Semitic feelings? That’s what SUNY Stony Brook professor Sara Lipton argues in her book Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography.
Then, there was a time when Jewish liturgy was at the forefront of the avant-garde. Duke University professor Laura Lieber examines the cutting edge poetry popularized in early synagogues in her book A Vocabulary of Desire: The Song of Songs in the Early Synagogue.
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