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: J " ' ' " ' " " /llJlNlll~lll~ll Nlm~lUll HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 30, 2009 PAGE 13A Photographic memories of the Lower East Side on display "Delicatessen, Corner Hester Street, Lower East Side, NY' 1950. MIAMI BEACH--Jewish Photographic Memories by Ga- briela Landau opens Feb. 10 at the Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami Beach. The show of 25 black and white images of New York City's Lower East Side will run through May 10. Landau worked on many different assignments as a photographer, but when she wandered the streets of New York in the 1950s and '60s, her camera focused on a par- ticular and favorite subject: By Josh Lipowsky New Jersey Jewish Standard The Western concept of sexuality is deeply flawed, according to Rabbi Shmu- ley Boteach. The author of "Kosher Sex" and "Kosher Adultery" Says sexuality is looked at as merely of the body and not the mind, which leads to passionless encounters and decreasing marital relations. That just won't do. Boteach's new book, "The Kosher Sutra" (HarperOne, $25.99), is hitting shelves now and its purpose is to restore a sense of eroticism in America, said its author. Eroticism comes from explo- ration, he said, and a couple's sex life should "truly trans- form sex into knowledge." "Sex is the life force; it's the human life force," said Boteach, a columnist for this newspaper. "It's not just about procreation, Judaism never believed that." So what is eroticism? Despite what many may think, Boteach said, it's not watching pornography or using sex toys. Instead, eroti- cism is often approached in kabbalah as a way to gain knowledge. Eroticism, he said, is desire--and that's what's missing in .many marriages where seemingly nothing is held back between spouses. "It's a deep desire to peer beneath the hood of life and examine its engine," Boteach said. "Eroticism is a desire to penetrate the outer lz/y- ers and expose the other layers. Eroticism is curiosity incarnate." According to the Tal- mud, Boteach said, one of the greatest gifts a person can give is to bring peace between husband and wife. That has been one of his goals in his counseling, which led to "The Kosher Sutra." A few years ago, he read an article in The New York Times about the burgeoning popularity of homes with 'Pretzel Vendor, Lower "Peddler on Canal Street, East Side, NY, detail' 1951. Lower East Side, iVY' 1951. the Lower East Side. The The artistic qualities of photography of the l~ew Brooklyn Museum ofArt and Landau's works are as com- York Museum of Modern University of Lyons, France pelling as the historical and Art, requested her w~rk for have some of these photo- human-interest aspects, an exhibition. graphs in their permanent Landau received her pho- Landau, who has received collection, tographic training in New numerous honors, special- Home to a large Jewish York City from Victor Lar- izes in documentary black- community, the Lower East edo, a well-known photog- and-whitephotography. She Side was bustling with activ- rapher who has authored has been published in the ity. Corner delis, street ven- several books. She worked New York Times, American dors,-busy pedestrians, piles with Fritz Henle, formerLife Annual of photography, of pretzels and handwritten Magazine photographer, ad- Modern Photography, Salon Yiddishsignsweresomeofth'e ministering his studio and Photography and Behold a scenesandcharactersLandau work in New York. Edward Great Image by the Jewish captured. Steichen, first curat~or of Publication Society. 'Shoe Shine on Canal Street, Lower East Side,. NY' 1950. Landau was born in Ger- many and immigrated to Panama in 1939 with her family, and then to Jackson- ville in 1941. She met her husband, Rabbi Sol Landau, in New Yorkwhere they mar- ried in 1951. They moved to congregations in many communities throughout the United States and then settled in Miami in 1965, when he became the spiri- tual leader of Congregation Beth David. She established Boteach's new book exploreseroticism "his and her" bedrooms. Christian sources to trace note that parts of"The Kosher Sincethen, hesaid, mostofhis While filming his TLC show Jesus' preaching to Jewish Sutra" are sexually explicit.) critics have been silenced. "Shalom in the Home," teachings. After he wrote "Kosher Sex .... Peoplehaveseentheimpact Boteach found that half of Dubbed by some as "the sex more than l0 years ago, some mybookshavemadeonJewish the couples on the show were rabbi,"Boteachis familiarwith critics slammed him for writ- and thewider culture," he said. in platonic relationships. He the controversy surrounding ing about topics they consid- "Peoplearebeginningtounder- cited a study by Intel that 80 his books. (Readers should ered inappropriate for a rabbi, standthatifreligion ingeneral percent of American wives would give up two weeks of sex rather than two weeks of Internet. "The Kosher Sutra" out- lines eight steps to restoring eroticism within married life, illustrated by examples from his counseling ses- sions. Altogether, the book provides a blueprint for recapturing desire between husbafid and wife, Boteach said. Rekindling that erotic spark will enhance not only life in the bedroom but in other aspects as well--professional, family, and social. "Shalom in the Home" is slated to begin filming its third season later this month. While the past two seasons have mainly dealt with families and their children, the new season will address more problems between husband and wife, including sexuality. In February, Boteach's Jewish Values Network is ...... launching "Turn Friday Night Into Family Night." With participation from Newark Mayor Cory Booker, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the program's goal is to give. children one night each week of uninterrupted attention, Boteach said. "The Jewish people have so many gifts to give to the world," Boteach said: "I've hosted tens of thousands of non-Jews at my Shabbos table over the past 20 years. They always say, 'Why is this only something the Jews do?'" Even though Boteach is busy promoting "The Kosher Sutra," he is already working on his next book, which he said examines the Jewish roots of Jesus. That book uses the Fine Arts Program there. She-has been a leader in many Jewish organiza- tions her entire life and has received awards for her lifetime of commitment, including the Museum's Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award in 1998. Landau selected this col- lection of her works for the show, which evoke memories for the viewers and link them back to the 20th century. and Judaism in particular don't address these issues, who are we going to be learning them from? Hugh Hefner?" Josh Lipowsky is assistant editor of The Jewish Stan- dard. 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