Jewish Art Salon Members Ben Schachter and Yona Verwer are two of the four artists featured in this major exhibit at the Y. U. Museum.
It's A Thin Line - The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and beyond.
Curated by Zachary Paul Levine.
"Eruvim are symbolic Jewish enclosures. Eruvim protect Orthodox Jews from transgressing the prohibition against carrying on the Sabbath, which is considered a form of work. These enclosures extend what is considered private space into the public sphere and are all but invisible.
As a contemporary artist, I see these structures as drawings in space.
These paintings are acrylic and thread on paper (20x30”) with the exception of “Sixteen Eruvim I’ve Walked Through,” which is "acrylic and thread on canvas (40x60”).
|Tightrope - Detail. Acrylic on canvas, Steel cable, LCD monitors|
Having spent many a Shabbat on the Lower East Side, I am aware that the physical boundary of the eruv has become a spiritual boundary as well. It excludes women from fully participating in Jewish life and creates a male-dominated synagogue community.
What is an eruv?
An Eruv is a border, usually made out of string or wire stretched on top of or on telephone or light poles, which symbolically encloses a neighborhood or a city. It allows Jews to accomplish one of the most basic activities on the Sabbath, which Jewish law otherwise prohibits on the Day of Rest: Carrying. An eruv makes it possible for people to carry keys, push a baby carriage or hold a baby, or bring food to someone’s home.
(at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, NYC)
Women and the Eruv, Spring 2012
Celebrated writer and thinker Blu Greenberg (On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition) will take part in a program, co-presented by the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, focusing on the impact of the eruv on the lives of women and families within the Jewish community.
The Eruv and Free Speech, early 2013
The YU Museum will partner with Yeshiva University’s Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo Law School and the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought to present a panel discussion among top legal scholars using the eruv as a window into church-state issues and the relationship between law and community building.
A series of in-depth tours will be offered during the run of the exhibition, featuring Zachary Paul Levine, curator of It’s a Thin Line, and Rabbi Adam Mintz, one of the foremost historians of the eruvin America and the exhibition’s academic adviser.
More info here.
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