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The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat

HUC Museum New York,
October 3, 2013 - June 27, 2014
Curator Laura Kruger

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.





The HUC-JIR Museum in New York

Location: One West Fourth Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street), New York City

The Jewish Week
The Day Of Rest Reconsidered
HUC show invites artists to consider a new the idea of the Sabbath.

"Another Israeli photographer in the show, Dorit Jordan Dotan, presents a bold photo, “Observing, Within” with views through the windows of a home, with an observant family and its guests seen inside beginning to gather around the table for the rituals of Shabbat. The viewer is outside, looking in, a witness, and at the same time fulfilling the commandment to remember and observe the Shabbat. At the top and bottom and along the windowpanes are the words from Genesis, including “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”."

“The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat” Dorit Jordan Dotan  Photography

Observing, Within

Mixed media

Fine Art Print 28"x17"



“The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat” Dorit Jordan Dotan  Photography

Observing, From Within

Mixed media

Fine Art Print 28"x17"

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