Mahane Yehuda Poster Art


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Not much to say, but I liked these posters at Mahane Yehuda, the outdoor market in West Jerusalem. It’s full of rabbis and religion these days. Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef wants his brothers back in this election poster, I think in reference to the recent campaign for the office of Sephardic Chief Rabbi, which his son recently won. The Nachman poster belongs to a faction opposed to pilgrimages to the site of Uman, in the Ukraine, where the Rebbe Nachman is buried. The poster picturing Menachem Begin is a pun. “Begin will divide Jerusalem” plays off rightwing fighting words thrown at leftist or center-leftist politicians said to be plotting to “divide” the city between Israel and Palestine. But here the reference is to a highway named after the late Prime Minister that’s either threatening or going to threaten to split the Palestinian village-neighborhood of Beit Safafa in East Jerusalem. The marketplace stands in as a microcosm for a larger sense of religious and political space.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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2 Responses to Mahane Yehuda Poster Art

  1. mads says:

    They don’t have much sense of the graphic arts, do they?

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