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Hand of God: Transcendence

Elliot Toman

The higher and more distant the ideal
the greater the power to exalt the soul
Ahad HaAm

‘Transcendence’ explores the deep connection between beauty and spirituality. By combining images and music from different cultures and periods, the exhibition shows the universality of aesthetics, as well as its power to elevate and unite, to transcend differences. At a time when we are each being reduced to our differences, ‘Transcendence’ uses art to honor the individual soul—to create a path back to seeing that, as Rabbi Jonathan Sacks put it, “in our uniqueness lies our universality.”

Revelations, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Nan Melville
‘Kidana Maharat,’ Dor Kedmi
‘Simonides,’ Yuval Yairi
‘Petit Palais,’ Charles Girault
‘Ethiopia,’ Cyril Christo
‘Agamon Hula: Chaos,’ Tzachi Yaffe
‘Saffron,’ Anila Quayyum Agha; photo by Sam Simon
‘Tel Aviv-Jaffa,’ Eldad Rafaeli
‘Badoer-Giustiniani Chapel,’ Venice, Danilo Scarpati 
‘Baby Birds,’ Youssef Ammar
City of Shadows, Alexis Titeranko
Salam, Abdul Aziz
The Hole, Batsheva Dance Theater, Gadi Dagon
Domes of Jerusalem, Iris Cohenian
‘L’abbaye de Sénanque,’ Richard Boileau
Muscat’s Grande Mosque, David Vazquez
Over the Rainbow & What a Wonderful World  Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
The Arrival (Take Me Home)
L’abbaye du Thoronet, Provence, David Heald

Issue I

Elliot Toman

Is ‘Pay for Slay’ Biden’s Idea of Social Justice?

The Biden administration chose Holocaust Remembrance Day to declare their intention to finance Palestinian-Arab terrorism with American tax dollars.

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We Remember

We remember with sorrow /
Blessed memories of souls taken too soon

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A Seed Planted

A quiet voice whisperedSo faint it might have been carried on an autumn breeze Even as the winter of tyrannyDrove life into dormancy Defiantly and resolutelyThe voice would not be silenced The threat was not to be mistakenEver present and clear as a summer day It was in the face of such great evilThat one…

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First Learn, Then Never Forget

As a middle school student in a New York City public school, I couldn’t help but notice that while we’ve learned about many important events throughout history and relevant current events, we never once stopped to talk about the Holocaust or the rise of anti-Semitism. The Holocaust was arguably the largest genocide in human history,…

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Only the Brave Write History

In 1942, a group of students at the University of Munich formed an intellectual resistance group called WeiBe Rose—White Rose. The group’s aim: to tell the world what the Nazis were doing. Led by Hans Scholl, his sister Sophie, Alexander Schmorell, and Christopher Probst, the group sent letters around the world, dropped leaflets throughout Germany,…

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The Radical Liberal

To David Grossman There are many causes for the rediscovery in our time of the love of dictatorship, for the heartbreaking revival of the preference for what a sixteenth-century French thinker perplexedly called “voluntary servitude.” Some of those causes are economic, but not all of them. We are witnessing also an intellectual convulsion. Not an…

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Free Speech & Social Media

The great irony—if not outright fraud—of the internet is that it is a digital highway without speed limits. That’s true, of course, until the summonses show up. Users then learn of restricted access and banned accounts. Some receive lifetime sanctions, others mere probation.  The digital highway actually has unseen speed traps that operate with all…

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Looking Left, Looking Right: Anti-Semitism in the Places of Hope and Truth

In a world of lies the lie is not removed from the world by means of its opposite, but only by means of a world of truth. (Franz Kafka, The Fourth Notebook, The Blue Octavo Notebooks) Introduction: Why look, at all?  Why should anyone really care about anti-Semitism, beyond those directly affected? To get by…

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On Fatherhood

One of the most important jobs any man can have on earth is being a father. This is not an exclusion of mothers, but an appeal to a society that tends to undervalue men and the role they play as fathers specifically. As a black American, knowing the statistics on fatherlessness in the black community,…

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The Hand that Rocks the Cradle: Indoctrination in K-12 Education

As we reach the one-year anniversary of the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, a second pandemic of sorts has infected our public and private K-12 schools.  It is the increasingly widespread introduction of “Critical Race Theory” into our elementary and secondary grades.  There is no vaccine for this infection.  The only cure will be the…

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Liberalism vs. Leftism

One of the more challenging aspects of contemporary American political culture is the phenomenon of certain words being twisted and tortured until they end up virtually unrecognizable. Unfortunately, this is a practice engaged in by partisans on both sides as well as functionaries all along and around each point on the political spectrum. Granted, the…

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Extremism Tracker

White Rose Staff

President Biden cancels the Keystone pipeline, terminating tens of thousands of well-paying US jobs. Simultaneously, discussions are reported regarding US support of pipelines through Russia, Germany and Afghanistan. Selective application of climate concerns that only adversely affect the U.S. economy raises questions. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/biden-kills-pipelines-at-home-but-promotes-them-for-the-taliban Biden referred to the Uighur sterility and re-education camps run by the…

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Principles of Liberalism

White Rose Staff

  Individual Freedom  Individual Freedom is the fundamental and underlying principle supporting the core values of classical liberalism. Liberalism as a political philosophy begins with empowering individuals by placing explicit trust in them to make rational and responsible decisions for themselves. John Stuart Mill, one of classical liberalism’s most influential thinkers, declared “over his own…

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