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‘Like Stars In A Complex Constellation, These Objects Convey The Sweep Of Jewish History’

"Journeys necessarily begin with a departure, but where they end is less certain. In the words of another 20th-century Jewish poet, Uri Zvi Greenberg, we are all of us journeying “to somewhere beyond the final point, towards an endless beginning, far in the distance”."

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"Since the objects in the Ashmolean determined the moments in Jewish history that the book I decided to write would cover, there are gaps in the story, places on the Jewish journey that I have had to leave out, but what is in the Ashmolean nevertheless covers a vast and varied terrain. Like the journey of the Jews themselves, the journey described by the 22 objects eventually decided on is both temporal and geographical. It begins with the King List (1800BC) from ancient Iraq, where Abraham, the founding father of Jewish monotheism, may once have lived, and from there wends its way across the centuries and continents, ending with a pottery camel, which has made its own long journey from Tang dynasty China via Nazi Germany to present-day Oxford. The Jewish Journey: 4,000 Years in 22 Objects thus takes the reader on two journeys: a physical journey through the galleries of the Ashmolean Museum, and a metaphorical journey, which traces the steps of the Jewish people through time and space.

"Why 22 objects? As long as 3,000 years ago, the Hebrew alphabet had fixed on the 22 letters it still uses to this day, and while the script and language have evolved during that time, the letters are recognisably the same, symbolic of the blend of change and continuity that characterises Jewish history itself. According to kabbalistic tradition, the universe was created through 22 hidden paths on the Tree of Life, and the number 22 signifies the meaning of life. The objects in The Jewish Journey are not intended to reveal the meaning of life, but they do, I hope, reveal something of what life has meant to Jewish people at different times in their history, and of the diversity and complexity of that history.

"Across the centuries, the frequent imperative for Jewish people to move from one place to another as refugees and immigrants gives their story a particular resonance at this moment in time, a reminder that human migration is nothing new and often proves highly beneficial to the countries in which people resettle. While these objects tell stories that sometimes pull in contradictory directions, taken as a whole, they speak to the human capacity for adaptability, resilience and renewal. Journeys necessarily begin with a departure, but where they end is less certain. In the words of another 20th-century Jewish poet, Uri Zvi Greenberg, we are all of us journeying “to somewhere beyond the final point, towards an endless beginning, far in the distance”."

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/15/like...

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Interior Of The Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czechoslovakia.

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      Interior of the Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czechoslovakia.

      "The Spanish Synagogue is the most recent synagogue in the Prague Jewish Town.

      "Built in 1868 for the local Reform congregation on the site of the 12th-century Altschul, which was the oldest synagogue in the Prague ghetto.

      "It was called the Spanish Synagogue for its impressive Moorish interior design, influenced by the famous Alhambra. The building was designed by Josef Niklas and Jan Bělský, the remarkable interior (from 1882–83) by Antonín Baum and Bedřich Münzberger."

      https://www.jewishmuseum.cz/en/explore/sites/spani...

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      Al-Masjid An-Nabawi Also Called The Mosque Of The Prophet

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          Al-Masjid an-Nabawi also called the Mosque of the Prophet (PBUH) is the second oldest mosques in the world as well as one of the largest. It was built during the time of the Prophet (PBUH) when he arrived in the city of Medina. The current Architecture of the Mosque is a blend of medieval ottoman and modern influence. The Mosques features sliding golden domes and retractable umbrella-like canopies.

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          Nasir Ol Molk Mosque Also Known By The Name Of Pink Mosque

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              Nasir ol Molk Mosque also known by the name of Pink Mosque, is located in Shiraz, Iran. It was built from 1876 to 1888 on the order of Mirza Hasan Ali (Nasir ol Molk). The mosque includes extensive colored glass in its façade, and displays other traditional elements such as Panj Kase (five concaved) design.

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              "The Baron Trump Adventures"

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                  "The Baron Trump Adventures"

                  The internet going bonkers for time-traveling Trump


                  Will a series of bizarre Victorian-era novels soon reach the big screen?

                  By Ray Cunneff

                  October 7, 2017

                  This summer, a number of internet sleuths stumbled upon a series of largely forgotten science fiction-fantasy novels being re-marketed as "The Baron Trump Adventures". Now second-string filmmaker and Donald Trump supporter Leigh Scott is seeking funding to bring them to the big screen ala the "Harry Potter" series.

                  First published in 1889,"The Travels and Adventures of Little Baron Trump and His Wonderful Dog Bulger" and its sequel, "Baron Trump’s Marvelous Underground Adventure", written by American lawyer and political writer Ingersoll Lockwood, were generally dismissed as poorly written fanciful books for children.

                  One Baron Trump reviewer wrote in 1891, “The author labors through three hundred pages of fantastic and grotesque narrative, now and then striking a spark of wit; but the sparks emit little light and no warmth, and one has to fumble for the story.”

                  Originally presented as a wealthy young German aristocrat, Wilhelm Heinrich Sebastian Von Troomp, better known as Baron Trump, who lives in Castle Trump, frequently marvels at the size of his brain, brags about it to leaders of as yet-undiscovered lands both above and underground, and once sued his tutors for all that he had taught them. And won.

                  "Three portraits showing the wonderful growth of my brain."

                  He seldom fails to mention his superior intelligence during his frequent dalliances with exotic foreign women from undiscovered countries before casting them aside to pursue his next adventure.

                  But by the time the final book in the series, "The Last President" was published in 1896, the parallels to Donald Trump had become positively bizarre, suggesting some kind of weird, time-travel foreshadowing.

                  "The Last President" begins with a scene from a panicked New York City after the surprise election of a widely despised insurgent candidate, angry mobs protesting what is thought to be a corrupt and unethical election. "The entire East Side is in a state of uproar," police officers shouted through the streets, warning New Yorkers to stay indoors for the night.

                  "Mobs of vast size are organizing under the lead of anarchists and socialists, and threaten to plunder and despoil the houses of the rich who have wronged and oppressed them for so many years."

                  "The Fifth Avenue Hotel will be the first to feel the fury of the mob," the novel continues, citing an address in New York City where Trump Tower now stands.

                  "Would the troops be in time to save it?"

                  Needless to say, in recent weeks Donald Trump devotees on sites like Reddit and 4chan have been both joyously and ominously sharing images and conspiracy theories, some claiming the books are proof that the Trump family members possess a time machine that has kept them rich and powerful over the centuries.

                  Before leaving on his journeys, Trump likes to repeat the family motto:

                  "The pathway to glory is strewn with pitfalls and dangers."

                  http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/19th-cent...

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                  Kazuo Ishiguro Wins The Nobel Prize In Literature 2017

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                      "The British author Kazuo Ishiguro said he was both honoured and “taken completely by surprise” after he was named this year’s winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in literature, even initially wondering if the announcement was a case of “fake news”."

                      "Ishiguro, author of novels including The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, was praised by the Swedish Academy for novels which “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world” and were driven by a “great emotional force”."


                      https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/05/kazu...

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                      Gunday

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                          Remorseful Gunday

                          A poetic thought by; Dajuan Candle

                          Hand cannon from the Chinese Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).


                          Long before it's story was known, China gave birth to a widow’s song.

                          Bamboo and powder and magic smoke, took her dear man like a fatal stroke.

                          From out of one end so quickly came, a stone of death wrote the poet of fame.

                          Unlike before, not daggered, or slit, the barrel of boo was simply lit.

                          A duel of flame, of smoke and ash. The widows weep described the gash.

                          So long did grow the words by quill, the reaper came with a mourner's bill.

                          Song after song, day after day, and the highland trader galloped his way.

                          What say of this, of its magic and might, powder in a cane, a weapon of fright.

                          From this moment forth peace had far flown, with the gun now in hand all left was a moan.


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