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April 24, 2015  RSS feed
Culture

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Art exibition explores ‘The Day of Rest’ through a contemporary lens


Malcah Zeldis, 1931, Bronx, New York, Sabbath in Detroit, 1981, Acrylic on board Malcah Zeldis, 1931, Bronx, New York, Sabbath in Detroit, 1981, Acrylic on board In Jewish tradition, one of the pillars of Jewish practice, Sabbath, or Shabbat, is observed in many ways, including going to synagogue, enjoying a special meal, resting from work or physical activity and reflecting on life outside of our daily routines. The Jewish Museum of Florida- FIU presents an exhibition, “The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat,” that features contemporary and often provocative depictions of Shabbat through the works of leading international artists.

The Seventh Day opened earlier this month at the Miami Beach museum and will run through Oct. 25. This is a traveling exhibit, created from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York.

Over millennia, the interpretation and the practice of Shabbat has evolved, changed, and expanded to meet the needs of people, respond to the growth of rabbinic law, and adapt to the travails of living in the Diaspora.


Will Barnet, 1911-2012, Beverly, MA, Saturday Afternoon, Gramercy Park, Color photo-lithograph, 2012 Will Barnet, 1911-2012, Beverly, MA, Saturday Afternoon, Gramercy Park, Color photo-lithograph, 2012 With a rapidly changing Jewish community, characterized by increasing ethnic diversity, interfaith families, challenges affecting the organized institutions of Jewish life, and an unprecedented acceptance in the fabric of North American life, what does the seventh day mean to contemporary Jews who may or may not choose to adhere to traditional observance?

The artists in this exhibit have tackled this question, resulting in these works of art born out of an era where technology and culture have eroded the boundaries separating work, play, and repose.

The Seventh Day includes pieces based on Sabbath texts and functional ritual objects such as candlesticks, challah plates and covers. Concepts from midrash and the Kabbalah, reflecting mystical spirituality, also have inspired these artists.

Admission to the museum is $6, seniors and students, $5; and museum members, free. The museum is also free for everyone on Saturday.

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is the only museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture. It is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The museum is at 301 Washington Ave. on South Beach.

For more information on hours, exhibits and directions, go to info@jewishmuseum.com or call (786) 972-3175.


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