Gentileschi, recognized as the finest female artist of the 17th century, developed a reputation for depicting women, particularly figures from the Bible and classical mythology.
The story of Esther concealing her Jewishness to save her people should lead Jews to think about the politics of “passing” in 21st century America.
The fifth of the Ten Commandments is “honor thy father and thy mother,” and in the Jewish tradition, fatherly responsibilities are certainly honorable.
Standing on a cold December night in what seemed to be a never ending queue outside the Israeli embassy in Washington, visitors waiting to enter the embassy’s annual Hanukkah reception had plenty of time to commiserate.
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