Colorful photo collage of art objects from the exhibition.

JMB Book Club – The Song of Songs

To accompany the exhibition Sex: Jewish Positions

Read along!

The new JMB Book Club is already entering its second round: To accompany the exhibition Sex: Jewish Positions, the JMB library is once again curating a selection of texts and books for us to read and discuss together. We will begin with the “original text” of Jewish sexuality – the Song of Songs.  
 

Wed 26. Jun 2024, 6.30 pm

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
Postal address: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

There has been much discussion as to why this unusual series of erotic love poetry found its way into the canon of the Hebrew Bible. With the weight of his authority, Rabbi Akiva declared the “Song of Songs” to be the “holiest of the holy,” thereby contributing substantially to the establishment of this poem. 

In conversation with Rabbi Jasmin Andriani, who leads the liberal Jewish community in Göttingen, we will explore the tension between holiness and eroticism in the Bible. 
 

Various translations of the Song of Songs can be accessed via the following links:

The book Song of Songs translated by Martin Buber (in German): Gesang der Gesänge (windmuller.de)
Hoheslied – Die Schrift (bibel.github.io)
Unified translation (in German): Hohelied 1 - Einheitsübersetzung (EUE) - Die-Bibel.de
Lutheran translation (in German): Hoheslied 1 - Lutherbibel 2017 (LU17) - Die-Bibel.de
Colorful photo collage of art objects from the exhibition.

Sex: Jewish Positions: Features & Programme

Exhibition Webpage
Sex: Jewish Positions: Exhibition, 17 May to 6 Oct 2024
Accompanying Events
From Orthodox to Queer. SEX – Jewish Positions in Film: 23 Jun 2024
JMB Bookclub: Let's read! The Song of Songs, 26 Jun 2024
JMB Bookclub: Let's read! Portnoy’s Fear of Flying, 24 Jul 2024
Publications
Sex. Jüdische Positionen: Catalog accompanying the exhibition, German edition, 2024
Sex: Jewish Positions: Catalog accompanying the exhibition, English edition, 2024
Digital Content
Letʼs Talk About Sex: Online feature accompanying the exhibition
What do the artists say? Interview series accompanying the exhibition
Listen to the exhibition’s soundtrack: Playlist on Spotify
The Song of Songs. Between Literal and Allegorical Loves: Essay by Ilana Pardes
“Sex Is A Force”: Interview with Talli Rosenbaum
Androgynous Characters in I.B. Singer’s Literary Shtetl: Essay by Helena Lutz
Jewish Places: Find information about Jewish sites related to the exhibition on our interactive map
Tours & Workshops
Public tour: Tour with fixed dates, in German
Public tour: Tour with fixed dates
Public tour: Tour with fixed dates, in Hebrew
Bookable tours: Tours for groups
Sex: Jewish Positions at the JMB library: Public guided tour through the museum’s library
Hey you! Flirting without Sexism: Workshop for students with drama-pedagogical elements on the exhibition
Duty and Pleasure: Workshop for adults
See also
Jüdisches Film Festival Berlin | Brandenburg: Film series in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Berlin

Where, when, what?

  • WhenWed 26. Jun 2024, 6.30 pm
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library
    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin Postal address: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
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