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Biblical Depth vs. Artistic Freedom: A Scary Menorah

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 12:30 PM

I sat there nervously as the auction was proceeding. Michael Steinhardt, a 20 year collector of Judaica and former client was divesting himself of his Judaica collection. No one was really sure why. A known billionare and lifelong hedge fund and Wall street guru, he certainly didn't need the money....

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A Family Tree Unearthed

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 8:13 PM

"Family is not an important thing. It's everything." So when Rabbi Shull, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, reached out to me, explaining that he has been retracing his family history for 20 years, I was only too eager to help.

After more than 20 years of trying to research and discover...

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Why I Spent $67,000 on Judaica

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 6:24 PM

I can't believe it! Just last week, I spent $3.89 on milk, $62 on gas and $67,500 on Judaica as inventory for my antique gallery in Cedarhurst, N.Y. Sounds strange right?

Well, not really.

Last Wednesday, philanthropist Michael Steinhardt held an auction, where he was selling a lifetime collection...

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Understanding the Art of Shavous

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 2:29 PM

The holiday of Shavous celebrates the giving of the Five Books of Moses also known as the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. It is a holiday that is not only festive, but is the only holiday that we specially decorate the synagogue, usually with greenery. This act...

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The Other Passover Object

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 11:50 PM

This past December, a major U.S. newspaper featured me and my collection of rare and valuable menorahs in a piece about the meaning of Chanukah. Shortly afterwards, I got an email from a very nice woman on the Upper East Side of Manhattan stating that she read about my work...

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How Purim Got Its Silver Lining: Megillot From the Ages

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 2:09 PM

While most of the Jewish holidays are celebratory, there is none like the holiday of Purim. This smaller holiday, which often falls in March and occasionally in late February (such as this year), commemorates the victory of the Jewish population of Ancient Persia over Haman, the notorious anti-Semite and persecutor...

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Menorahs Through the Ages

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 1:04 PM

French writer and poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once famously said, "Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings." This sentiment seems especially fitting as we enter the fourth night of Hanukkah, the holiday that celebrates the Maccabees' victory over the Greeks.

With a turbulent history ourselves, the Jewish...

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Protecting Your Antiques... Before the Storm

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 10:33 AM

The past few weeks have been a real test for many people living on the east coast, especially in the New York and tri-state area. The dramatic and unprecedented weather brought to the area by Hurricane Sandy, which was quickly followed by a Nor'Easter last week, has caused serious and catastrophic...

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