Sacred or Superficial?

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  1. Mike S says:

    When I was in London about a decade ago, there was an exhibit of Jewish manuscripts at the British Museum. It included an autograph manuscript of a tshuvah of the Rambam. It was not beautifully calligraphed, but it was perhaps the most awe inspiring museum piece I have ever seen.

  2. Abigail says:

    It will not surprise you that I wrote a comment on that computer thingy at the end deconstructing the stance of the exhibition: in addition to all you mention above, it struck me as just *how* early C21st to end the exhibition with a computer where everyone could write their own feelings and random opinions about religioun based on, well, just about nothing (judging from the ones they displayed). While I do think it’s worthwhile for people to express a “connection” to the subject matter of the exhibition, ending with this kind of thing to me debases the importance of the exhibition materials by confusing the idea of allowing a breadth of opinion to be heard with the reality TV idea that everyone’s opinion is worth plastering on the wall. There are fora for this kind of discussion, but I don’t think the very end of a manuscript exhibition is the right place for this, especially when there is relatively little “informed” discussion of the nature/roles of religion actually in the exhibition.

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