IT’S A THIN LINE: THE ERUV AND JEWISH SPACE IN NEW YORK AND BEYOND
Opening October 29th, 2012
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From “The Daily Show” to Rabbinic and City Hall Debates, Eruvs Still Generate Controversy. It divides private and public, sacred and secular, work and Sabbath. And you might live in one without knowing it. With its main focus on New York City, New Jersey, and the surrounding communities, the exhibition also provides a vivid picture of local urban history through the stories of individual communities, religious figures and debates.
The eruv is one of the most fascinating, though little understood and sometimes controversial concepts in Jewish life. It is not just a concept. It’s also a physical creation that powerfully affects the lives of observant Jews. Without an eruv, parents couldn’t even carry their children on the Sabbath. It’s a Thin Line traces the history of the eruv and its adaptation into New York’s urban environment, and raises provocative questions. With 130 artifacts spanning over five centuries, It’s a Thin Line vividly illustrates how an ancient Biblical precept has been creatively interpreted and applied – especially in and around New York City. Objects range from some of the first Hebrew books ever printed to century-old images of New York life to contemporary tools and recent eruv artifacts to eruv-themed works by contemporary artists.