Fifty international artists explore one of the pillars of Jewish practice and belief: the sanctity of the Sabbath through provocative works of art. In an era when technology and culture have eroded the boundaries separating work, play, and repose, their works invite us to delve into the possibilities and new definitions of renewal symbolized by the 'day of rest.'Through the crucible of their creativity, the artists in this exhibition offer new ways to imagine Shabbat and reflect the profound insights that Abraham Joshua Heschel observed in The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man:
“The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation, from the world of creation to the creation of the world.”
This exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays by curator Laura Kruger; Rabbi Norman Cohen, Professor of Midrash; and Rabbi Nancy Weiner, Clinical Director, Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling.
This exhibition and catalog are made possible by the Irma L. and Abram S. Croll Center for Jewish Learning and Culture, with the support of George, z’l, and Mildred Weissman.