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Museo on the Seam

  • 4 Heil HaHandasa St, Jerusalem
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A museum that questions – for better or worse
Valutazione di TripAdvisorRivisto il November 8, 2017

The Museum on the Seam is rather small in size and number of exhibits, but it packs a punch as it questions normative Jewish practices and beliefs. I am still trying to figure out if I liked this museum and if I would recommend it to others or not. I am a...

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The Museum on the Seam is rather small in size and number of exhibits, but it packs a punch as it questions normative Jewish practices and beliefs. I am still trying to figure out if I liked this museum and if I would recommend it to others or not. I am a questioner so I can appreciate the iconoclastic nature of the displays. However, I am also deeply entrenched in and appreciative of my Judaism on an emotional and even more so on an intellectual level, so I found some of the museum’s irreverence which sometimes appeared facile and not founded in personal experience or knowledge to be unpleasantly jarring. On one hand: The video exhibits in the lowest section of the museum dealt with the issue of the halachic (legal) requirement for a woman who converts to Judaism to immerse in the mikvah (ritual bath) in the presence of male rabbis. Three well known contemporary Orthodox Rabbis are interviewed and each has quite a different take on the issue. The display is rounded off by a forth video portraying a modern day “midrash” praising a female convert who readily embraces Judaism and stanchly insists that she can not immerse in the presence of men. I loved this exhibit as it was at the same time strongly questioning and also respectful of tradition. Whereas: The displays on the upper floor that deal with a women’s monthly immersion in the mikvah went beyond questioning and were in fact mocking. I can imagine that the video display that used a never-ending calendar to count off clean and non- permissible days in a woman’s cycle her whole married life was done by someone who did not observe this practice. It likened the mitzvah (requirement in Jewish law) of mikvah to a prison sentence without seeing anything redeeming in the practice. It also seemed oblivious to the simple fact that a woman’s life is so rich that this one observance can not be the only thing that defines her. Furthermore: The video of the building of a third Temple followed simultaneously by its very bloody and horrific destruction was so gratuitously negative especially as the museum sits in the city of Jerusalem and very close to the old city. We live in an epoch of real miracles and Jewish joy with respect to the State of Israel and the reunification of Jerusalem- a time of such vibrancy and flowering of Judaism. This utterly negative “prophecy”, the last thing I saw in the museum, served no edifying purpose and left me with a bad taste in my mouth. A visitor should know that the exhibits tend quite strongly (but not exclusively) to “women’s issues” in Judaism. I think it can be seen very fully in 1-1.5 hours.

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Good overall
Valutazione di TripAdvisorRivisto il September 11, 2017

Interesting place with a clear message. Only issue I had with it was that a few times I felt as though they were forcing themselves to find conflict in Israel when it wasn't really there

Totally misrepresented
Valutazione di TripAdvisorRivisto il August 18, 2017

The entrance door through WE sculpture is best exponate. Expected: re-unification historic museum, since name, location (old border) and door. Fact: entire rooms to female bleeding in judaism, female dress modesty in ritual bath at conversion to judaism, third temple fiction movie. Just a ripoff of 30 NIS, or get to know the exposition...

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The entrance door through WE sculpture is best exponate. Expected: re-unification historic museum, since name, location (old border) and door. Fact: entire rooms to female bleeding in judaism, female dress modesty in ritual bath at conversion to judaism, third temple fiction movie. Just a ripoff of 30 NIS, or get to know the exposition before visit. PS. Roof panorama attached - nothing of value, unless high power telescope.

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Beautiful, quiet, thought-provoking museum
Valutazione di TripAdvisorRivisto il August 15, 2017

Museum on the Seam is a small, 3 floor museum that mounts one exhibition at a time, all united by a common theme: liminality, borders, walls, transitions, tension between two distinct things that occupy the same space. The exhibits change every ~6 months; they might be exploring the human-animal relationship, the Arab-Israeli conflict, or...

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Museum on the Seam is a small, 3 floor museum that mounts one exhibition at a time, all united by a common theme: liminality, borders, walls, transitions, tension between two distinct things that occupy the same space. The exhibits change every ~6 months; they might be exploring the human-animal relationship, the Arab-Israeli conflict, or (as the exhibit right now), the tensions between Jewish orthodoxy and modern ideologies. The rooftop hosts a terrace cafe and bookstore with a lovely view of the seam between East and West Jerusalem. I went for the first time today and had the museum to myself (literally did not see another visitor) for 1.5 hours. I'm a fairly recent convert to Judaism who's super interested in feminist religious practice, so the current exhibit, titled "Thou Shalt Not," really captivated me--but if you don't know much about Judaism, you might not get as much out of it. Definitely read up on the website before going and see what you think, but I'd recommend checking it out if you're unsure -- it's a cool space and deserves more attention. Other notes: The wall text is in English and Hebrew and the video art was subtitled. The gift shop has some unique postcards and gifts, if you're looking for something artsy and/or political.

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A Gem
Valutazione di TripAdvisorRivisto il April 8, 2017

LIke many such places in other cities as well, this is a small gem, off the beaten track and packs a punch. AS you approach it, you may walk by it. The building is ugly and nondescript. Once you enter, you will most likely be the only visitor. You will be greeted by a...

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LIke many such places in other cities as well, this is a small gem, off the beaten track and packs a punch. AS you approach it, you may walk by it. The building is ugly and nondescript. Once you enter, you will most likely be the only visitor. You will be greeted by a very friendly girl at reception who is a one person show here. It is difficult to describe this museum. Suffice to say, if you interested in some real stuff and not the religious mumbo jumbo in the rest of Jerusalem, experience it for yourself.

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