The heart in art Artists express their desire for harmony in 'Shalom/Salaam'

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Tue, 2012-05-15
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​Article in the San Francisco Bay Guardian about my show at the Mishin Gallery (May 15, 2012).

by Renee Frojo

As the old saying goes, a picture can be worth a thousand words. But a local gallery has united twoseparate artists stemming from Jewish and Islamic backgrounds to convey only one: peace.

The heart in art: Artists express their desire for harmony in 'Shalom/Salaam'

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Renee Frojo
San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 15, 2012
San Francisco Bay Guardian

As the old saying goes, a picture can be worth a thousand words. But a local gallery has united two separate artists stemming from Jewish and Islamic backgrounds to convey only one: peace.

Artist Interview: Tom Block

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Interview with Tom Block
Art Hash, July 2011
Art Hash

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist:

Sufism and Hasidism: Shared Spiritual Tales

Thomas Block writes on the spiritual teachings tales that are found in both Sufi
Sophia: The Journal of Traditional Studies, October, 2011

Positive interactions between Jewish and Islamic thinkers from the founding of Islam (622) until the fall of the Spanish Caliphate (1492) led to deep Muslim influence on the Jewish religion, including meditation practices, mystical grammar, retreat and supererogatory prayers, liturgical imagery and other specific inspirations that reverberate to this day.  For nearly one millennium, Jewish

"Shalom/Salaam" Review by Parabola Magazine

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Rabbi Pamela Gottfried
New York, NY, April 29, 2011
Parabola Magazine

In a world where so many writers of nonfiction illustrate facts and figures in black and white, Thomas Block illuminates the history of Jewish and Muslim mysticism in a vividly hued portrait.  Shalom/Salaam: A Story of Mystical Fraternity is a well-researched and carefully drawn masterpiece.  In this culmination of more than ten years of sustained interest and thorough resear

Review of "Shalom/Salaam: A Mystical Fraternity" by Friends of al-Aqsa

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Sarah Irving
England, April 20, 2011
Friends of al-Aqsa

If you believe the narratives of modern Zionists and Islamophobes, Jews and Muslims exist in a natural state of animosity. The relationship between the people of the two faiths is, according to this story, typified by massacres, oppression and antagonism, and the current situation in Palestine is just one episode in a long history of conflicts.

Tom Block: Untold story of Muslim & Jewish Mystics

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David Crumm
Detroit, MI, April 13, 2011
Read the Spirit

Want something truly provocative to discuss at Passover next week? Or, if you’re among the 2 billion Christians approaching Holy Week and thinking about the history of Jerusalem: Want to revolutionize your understanding of what has unfolded across the Holy Land between Jews and Muslims?

"Shalom/Salaam" Review by Jewish Rennaissance Magazine

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Agi Erdos
London, England, April 2011
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What an interesting choice of subject. Although Thomas Block is not the first to claim that Sufism, a mystical tradition within Islam, has been a formative influence on the development of Jewish mysticism from the

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