The Jewish culture is book-heavy, but still partial to sensuous ritual: Candles are lit, spices are scented, symbolic foods are eaten, words are read aloud, and objects are touched. Rituals address all the senses and create an atmosphere that everyone from small children to old men share. In this way ritual binds the community and is an important link between Danish Jews and other Jews in space and time. When retelling the story of Moses leading the twelve tribes out of Egypt at the feast of Pesach, the speaker and participants become themselves a continuous part of a millennia-old tradition.
Jewish traditions bring Jews together and often point back to common memories. Judaism does not claim to hold a special truth which all mankind should follow. Ethical principles such as striving for justice and truth are duties applicable to all mankind, while Jewish traditions are specifically for Jews. Jews therefore do not mission, and only accept converts who come of their own volition with a strong wish to belong to the extended Jewish family.
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Get a discount of 10% at selected cafés by showing your ticket from the museum (Photo: Eddie Michel Azoulay).
- an exhibition about Jews in Denmark
The exhibition is a broad story of Jewish life in Denmark and focuses on co-exixstence and indentity through 400 years. Read more...
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