A World Apart Next Door-Glimpses into the Life of Chassidish Yidden!

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

<div style='direction:ltr'></div>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.

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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. <div style='direction:ltr'></div>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

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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,

Jerusalem, 2010
Photo © Zion Ozeri, New Y<div style='direction:ltr'></p><br /><br /><p></div>Baby 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
<div style='direction:ltr'><strong>'Besht' Hanukkah Lamp</strong><br />When this lamp was given to the Bezalel National Museum (precursor of the Israel Museum) by Israel Penini, descendant of a noted Hasidic family, it was erroneously believed that it had belonged to the Ba'al Shem Tov (the Besht). Since its publication, lamps of this type – which was very widespread in Eastern Europe – have been known as Besht Hanukkah lamps. It is clear that the lamp was made in the<br /><br /><br />nineteenth century and could not have been owned by the Besht, who died in 1760. However, given that Hasidic dynasties pass down objects and also copy them faithfully from generation to generation, the lamp was most likely owned by a<br /><br /><br />Hasidic Rebbe and reflected an earlier model. The dove motif on the lamp, though not specific to Hasidim, appears frequently on objects they use and is interpreted mystically as a symbol of the divine presence on earth, the <i>shekhinah</i>.</div>“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
B00290
Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner<div style='direction:ltr'></p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p></div><div style='direction:ltr'></p><br /><br /><p>          <strong>Torah Crown</strong><br />This magnificent jeweled Torah crown is said to come from the court of the Ruzhiner Rebbe and to have belonged to his son the Rebbe of Shtefanesht (1823–1868). It is told that the R. Israel of Ruzhin had a crown made for each of his six sons.<br /><br /><br />A crown is one of the ritual accessories with which the Torah scroll is adorned, symbolizing the majesty of Judaism's most sacred text. The size of this Torah crown suggests that it adorned a small scroll kept for personal use. The precious materials and exquisite workmanship, seen in the delicate rendition of flowers and of bells hanging from the beaks of six eagles, indicate that its owner was an important man<br /><br /><br />of means who believed in the principle of <i>hiddur mitzva</i> , 'beautifying the commandment.' Thus it is the sort of object suited to the regal courts of the Ruzhin dynasty. </p><br /><br /><p></p></p><br /><br /><p></div>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

<div style='direction:ltr'></p><br /><br /><p><strong>The Chair of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav</strong><br /><br /><br />It is said that in 1808 Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav received a wooden chair with carved decoration featuring griffons, doves, lions, grapes, a vase, and vegetal motifs. Speaking of a dream he had shortly after receiving the gift, R. Nahman described a chair encircled by fire with the living creatures of the world in pairs under the chair, which he related to matchmaking. <br /></p><br /><br /><p>According to Bratslav tradition, the chair Rabbi Nahman received was brought to Jerusalem; this chair is now preserved in the Great Bratslav Yeshivah in Mea Shearim (and of late copies have been made by other Bratslav communities). Today the original no longer serves as a talisman for matchmaking; instead, it is lent out to members of the community to serve as Elijah's Chair in circumcision ceremonies.<br /><br /><br />אחרות<br /></p><br /><br /><p></p></p><br /><br /><p></div>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!

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2 thoughts on “A World Apart Next Door-Glimpses into the Life of Chassidish Yidden!

  1. Reblogged this on midnightrabbi inspires and commented:

    Such a great visit , recommend as the exhibition is only open for another 2 weeks or so, after that you will have to travel or visit in London etc…

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