Please G-d we will visit this interesting exhibition A World Apart Next Door-Glimpses into the Life of Hasidic Jews … see below for some insights, will let you know! :)
June 19, 2012-December 1, 2012
Location: Bella and Harry Wexner Gallery
Curator: Ester Muchawsky-Schnapper, Curator, Julia and Leo Forchheimer Department of Jewish Ethnography
Media: Photographs, films, and music and objects from the collection
This ethnographic exhibition highlights facets of Hasidic culture that may not be known to the wider public. It illustrates the Hasidic experience through the rich, complex attire of men, women, and children and through objects with meaning for the group’s social and spiritual life, which revolves around its charismatic leader, the Rebbe.
Photographs, films, and music from life-cycle events and other rituals and celebrations are also presented, offering visitors an opportunity to enter, for a moment, the intriguing world of a vibrant ultra-Orthodox community of today. The Admor of the Shomrei Emunim Hasidim at the wheat harvest formatzah shemurah (shmure-matse), Komemiyyut, 2007. For matzah shemurah, the most ritually correct form of unleavened bread for Passover, the cut wheat is carefully guarded to ensure that it does not ferment.
Photo © Menahem Kahana, Jerusalem‘
Guarding the Dead’: the body of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe surrounded by his praying Hasidim,
Bnei Brak, March 14, 2012
Photo © Yuval NadelAt the Jewish New Year, Bratslav Hasidic men make a pilgrimage to Uman, Ukraine, to pray at the tomb of their Rebbe, Rabbi Nahman, who died in 1810.
Here they perform the Rosh Hashanah ritual of tashlikh, praying for forgiveness and symbolically casting their sins into the water. Many are dressed in the white kitl .
Photograph taken in 2003 © Andrey Gorb
The Lubavitcher Rebbe giving dollar bills, a gift cherished for its auspicious powers, to Avrahaum G. Segol, Brooklyn, New York, 1988
Photo courtesy of Avrahaum G. Segol, Jerusalem
Hasid praying at the Lelover Rebbe’s grave on the Mount of Olives,
Photo © Zion Ozeri, New YBaby before his pidyon ha-ben(redemption of the firstborn son) ceremony, Jerusalem, 2008. Lying on a silver plate, the one-month-old baby is covered with items auguring a good life.
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Ester Muchawsky-Schnapper
“Besht” Chanukah Lamp
Warsaw, Poland, second half of the 19th century
Silversmith: Abraham Reiner (active 1851–80) Silver, filigree work; H. 22 cm, W 27.5 cm
Gift of Israel Penini, Jaffa, through Keren Hayesod
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posnerhttp://www.imj.org.il/exhibitions/2012/Hasidim/images/thumbs/Belzer_Rebetsn.jpg” height=”155″ width=”200″ />Torah Crown
Austria, probably Vienna, ca. 1825
Gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and turquoises
Hebrew initials applied on the base band refer to the Crown of Torah, Crown of Priesthood, and Crown of Kingship (Mishnah Avot 4:17)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum (Loan: Gilbert.68:1–2008)
Photo: Gilbert Collection © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Chair of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav
Eastern Europe, ca. 1808
(brought in pieces to Jerusalem in the 1930s and restored by Catriel Sugarman in 1983)
Carved linden wood, velvet cushion; H 121 cm, W 65 cm, D 62 cm
Great Bratslav Yeshiva Or Ha-Ne’elam, Mea Shearim, Jerusalem
Photo © Avraham Hay, Herzliya
Thanks for great inspiration and more pics from the midnightrabbi to come , all copyrights and thanks to the © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and Ester Muchawsky-Schnapper and artists from the institution!