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Book review: 500 Judaica

500 Judaica: Innovative Contemporary Ritual Art (500 Series)

I love the Lark 500 Series books, and this one is no exception!  500 Judaica features just over 180 artists who work at making ritual objects used both at home and in the synagogue.  One would expect to see lots of beautiful menorahs, Shabbat candlesticks, and seder plates, and yes, you will find many amazing examples.  But you will also be thrilled by gorgeous ketubot, Kiddush cups, tallits, tzedakah boxes, and more.

The artists featured work in metal, wood, ceramics, paper, and fabric.  An introduction by Daniel Balasco, a curator at The Jewish Museum in NYC, discusses the various trends in contemporary Judaica.  There is also a glossary which is helpful for those who are not as familiar with the names and purposes of the various ritual items. 

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