Scents of Purpose: Artists Interpret the Spice Box


May 4, 2005 - September 5, 2005



In the longstanding tradition of the Museum, the Invitational encourages artists of all backgrounds from around the country to make us think afresh by creating original interpretations of traditional Jewish ritual objects using a variety of media. This year, the spice box (or besamim) takes center stage. During the havdalah ceremony, performed at the end of Shabbat, the spice box is passed around and its fragrant scents inhaled - a moment marking the bittersweet transition between the day of rest and the resumption of the everyday. Enjoy the delicate beauty of the spice boxes, sending sweetness into the coming week.


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