20 February 2018 - 6 Adar 5778 - ו' אדר ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
Israel’s national anthem in Top Ten E-mail
In a recent straw poll conducted by The Economist, Israel’s national anthem came seventh in the list of the best national anthems in the world.

South Africa’s national anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ IiAfrika, was named the best national anthem in the world. According to The Economist, what makes a national anthem really good is “a rousing tune to quicken the pulse, some pathos to moisten the eyes and that inexplicable something to make it stand out from all the rest”.

Russia came second, followed by Uruguay, Brazil, Ukraine, Japan, Israel, Nepal, Germany and the US.

God Save the Queen
was slammed for having too many “dreary harmonies” and “platitudes about being victorious and glorious”. South Africa’s anthem is “compositionally unusual” because it shifts (modulates) and ends in a different key. But whoever said unusual was a bad thing?Please login or register to see the full article
Artist David Stein showcases To Live is to Love E-mail

To Live is to Love, a solo exhibition by abstract artist David Stein, is currently on show at Art Supermarket in Hong Kong’s Soho district.

Jewish community members may recall meeting David, a Swiss national, when he was GM at the Aberdeen Marina Club, where he organised many memorable kosher functions. He is a 25+-year veteran in the hospitality industry, having worked for many of the large hotel chains in the region, including the Shangri-La Hotel group.

David has always been passionate about art and now devotes all of his time to painting. Colour, light and emotion drive his painting to new levels of abstraction in his third exhibition in Hong Kong: To Live is to Love.

Painting is an obsession for Stein, conveying his idea of “from the real world to the dream world”. He is a skilled practitioner of “plein air” painting, playing with natural light and shade and employing a wide range of colours in his work, however he usually limits the hues in his paintings.

Colour and tough brushstrokes express the intense emotions that inspire him. “The interplay of light and shade shows my belief that light can emanate from every direction no matter how dark it is”, Stein said. “You don’t need to paint. It’s there. What I do is to depict them according to what I see. Sometimes it takes months and sometimes years but ultimately it will be out, suddenly but seamlessly, like the early spring water flow through the mountains.” […] “I want my paintings to light up people’s life – to show people something they haven’t recognised in themselves.”

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Simon Wiesenthal Center exhibition on show in Japan E-mail
The Simon Wiesenthal Center held the Japanese première of its new exhibition: People. Book. Land. The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People With The Holy Land, at Yamano Beauty College in Yoyogi, Tokyo, in December.
The exhibition presents an historical, not political, narrative of the Jews’ 3,500-year relationship with the Holy Land, providing an insight into the principles that have guided them throughout this period.

Renowned historian Professor Robert Wistrich authored the exhibition, which also focuses on the universal and particular values that inspired the unique journey of the Jewish people throughout history and inspired Jews to retain an unbreakable, centuries-old bond with and love for their ancestral homeland.

The exhibition is part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s mandate that includes using its top-tier NGO status to educate the world about the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust, intergroup relations and tolerance, and standing up for the rights and dignity of people everywhere. The exhibition, the first under United Nations auspices that outlines the historical raison d’être for the UN vote to recognise a Jewish homeland in 1947: the remarkable fact that the Jewish people have an uninterrupted 3,500-year relationship with the Holy Land.

The exhibition was open to the public and sponsored by the governments of the US, Canada and Israel, and was co-sponsored by UNESCO.Please login or register to see the full article
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