Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Temple Rodef Shalom Celebrates Purim, Salutes Billy Joel

Wednesday evening marks the holiday of Purim, a festive day on the Jewish calendar which remembers the biblical Book of Esther. Queen Esther becomes the Jewish wife of the gentile King Ahasuerus, who “set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen,” as we read in the Scriptures (Esther 2: 17). This places Esther in a powerful position to prevent the wicked designs of the villain Haman, who wishes to kill her uncle Mordecai and, indeed, the entire Jewish people: “I and my people [are] to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish,” Esther exclaims to her husband and king (Esther 7: 4), but it is Haman who is defeated and destroyed instead.

Arts & Entertainment

New Photography Exhibit Takes Viewers “Near and Far”

Falls Church Arts Gallery is exhibiting a collection of art photography which is not just unique and attention-grabbing in terms of striking images but also in implementing visually a thought-provoking theme. Entitled “Near and Far,” the exhibition has photographs which are of images close up and far-away—a theme realized at times in the same photograph, at times in two photographs depicting different spatial perspectives yet exhibited in close proximity to each other.