Shortly before Time Begins:

What We Won’t Be Showing, after All

In a few days, indeed in a matter of hours, our special exhibition “A Time for Everything” will open to the public: a display of both sacred and profane objects presented in the context of “Rituals Against Forgetting.” Almost all the objects kindly loaned us have arrived by now, walls have been painted, texts written, showcases installed, and the complete English version of the exhibition webpage will be launched in a few minutes.

Yet much looks very different now, from how it was conceived and planned initially. Up to the very last minute, we had to juggle decisions as to what should be done, and how, and to drop certain ideas that proved infeasible. We are currently shooting the exhibition trailer and already have some scenes ‘in the can,’ namely those which struck us as most interesting and promising. Yet doubtless also some of those will land on the cutting-room floor however — as did this statement from Cilly Kugelmann on the exhibition title and the meaning of time:

The theme of time, or, to be more precise, the Jewish perspective on times, is the primary focus of our forthcoming issue of the JMB Journal, too. Alongside essays on holy and messianic time, on an unusual Bar Mitzvah, and on time pressure on the Sixth Day, the spotlight will be on the Book of Qoheleth. The best-known text from this book, from which the exhibition title and themes derive, was originally supposed to be integrated in the design of the exhibition website. But it too numbered among the ideas we were obliged to abandon. We’d therefore like to remind you, this time in modern musical form, of the Biblical verse that begins with the words: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”:

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