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's Archive for September, 2010

To Cherish the Fruit of a Beautiful Tree: Etrog Containers in the Magnes Collection

The etrog (Heb. אתרוג, citrus fruit) is one of the “Four Species” used during the rituals relating to the Festival of Sukkot (or Tabernacles). Following rabbinic interpretations (based on the Mishnah and the Talmud, Sukkah), the “Four Species” (a date palm frond, myrtle and willow branches, and an etrog) are typically acquired during the days between Yom Kippur [...]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-09-26

Trying to figure out the moves on chess board in Oppenheim's 1856 painting Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses Mendelssohn http://bit.ly/9k0Fn6 # Did White put the Red in check mate? http://bit.ly/9k0Fn6 # Is White Mendelssohn (who's wearing red), or is Lavater (who's wearing black)? http://bit.ly/9k0Fn6 # New on magnes.org: The Esther Scroll (megilat ester) Collection http://fb.me/GzHwGskH [...]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-09-19

RT @ninaksimon: Looking for creative approaches to merging museum & library where library is free, museum costs $1 (nonnegotiable) Thoughts? # New post at opensource, "Findings from the Museum Collection Storage" by Julie Franklin http://fb.me/wmirUcke # New on YouTube. In the Magnes Archives: Arriving to San Francisco (1848-1900) http://fb.me/zP58OkzJ # I uploaded a YouTube video [...]

The Good Things To Come: Findings from the Museum Collection Storage

Greetings from my new home at the Bancroft and Happy Holidays! These days and months, preparing for the visible storage of the Magnes Collection in its future home in downtown Berkeley, I am busy researching art and artifacts in the art storage facility where the collection will be kept until its move. Quite prophetically, a [...]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-09-05

RT @spagnoloacht: At UC Berkeley & interested in Israel/Palestine? TWO events at the same time! http://bit.ly/df6WdF http://bit.ly/dA9Pc2 # Greet the Jewish New Year in style with The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life http://fb.me/GbLwLF1r # I posted 2 photos on Facebook in the album "St. Helena Sanitarium" http://fb.me/HsK74WGU # Updates on the design of [...]