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How Modern Museums Make Use of Jewish Culture

The Met’s Jerusalem 1000-1400 is just one example of the way Jewish history, Jewish ideas, and Jewish art are trimmed to the purposes of contemporary taste and opinion.

A page from the Worms Maḥzor, 1270-1280. Flickr/bibliodyssey.

A page from the Worms Maḥzor, 1270-1280. Flickr/bibliodyssey.

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Feb. 20 2017
About the author

Steven Fine is the Churgin professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University and director of the YU Center for Israel Studies. He is the author of The Menorah: From the Bible to Modern Israel (Harvard University Press, 2016).


Congratulations and many thanks to Edward Rothstein for “Jerusalem Syndrome at the Met,” his poignant and pungent essay on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven.

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