So taught Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis z”l. “Our doctrines are in the sacred days which punctuate our time.”
“The [Jewish] Festivals and fasts are to be taken whole…the introspective solemnity of the High Holy Days is balanced by the exuberant openness to nature in Sukkot…the Passover, expressive of freedom, leads into the Shavuot revelation of law…the grieving of Yom HaShoah is followed by the celebration of the resurrection of hope on Israel’s Independence Day.”*
From Rosh Hashanah 2023 through Yom Ha-Atzma’ut 2024, YOU ARE INVITED to take a spiritual journey through the Jewish calendar with “MOED: To Everything There is a Season,” guided by thoughtful words from the Rabbi paired with the musical commentary of renowned composer, Aminadav “Ami” Aloni z”l, via QR links to performance audios. Included as well is memorabilia from the Aloni years along with relevant meditations from the writings and sermons of Rabbi Schulweis.
MOED, the second exhibit in the Teachings of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis series in the VBS Ellie and Mark Lainer Beit Midrash, is based on the Schulweis/Aloni collaboration in the 1980’s, an oratorio performed in several parts at VBS and at then University of Judaism, now AJU. At VBS it will be presented in 2 parts, Part I featuring Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah and Hanukkah. Part II, to premiere in early 2024, will complete the calendrical cycle.
What follows is a taste of MOED’s text and music as well as resources to enhance your exhibit experience. The project is brought to you by the Schulweis Library Collection/HMSI.
*From In God’s Mirror
MOED Exhibit Graphic Designer: Gabriela Berkstein
With Special Thanks to Dr. Noreen Green and Steve Fleschler