Are we allowed to drive a car to synagogue services on Shabbat? If my father is Jewish and my mother is Christian, what am I? Can an uncircumcised man be Jewish?
The exhibition, The Whole Truth… everything you always wanted to know about Jews, deals with common as well as uncommon questions about Judaism. We put some of these questions to seven rabbis and filmed their responses. All of them serve in Germany and represent a wide spectrum of religious belief: orthodox, liberal, conservative, progressive.
Inspired by research done on a number of Internet forums with names like “Ask the Rabbi,” “Askmoses,” and “Dear Rabbi,” in which rabbis from all over the world answer questions on how to handle religious law in everyday life, we organized the shooting of this film at a studio in Berlin-Wedding: with kosher catering, a chair, two cameras, and our seven interview partners.
There was much laughter along with answers also to questions that we hadn’t asked. We learned for instance that many rabbis use facebook to connect with and advise their congregants. And that one can go a long way, when hosting guests who eat kosher, with a simple unpeeled banana and a glass of tea.
The film-installation Ask the Rabbi will be shown in its own room as part of the exhibition. You can see it starting tomorrow, 22 March 2013, at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Martina Lüdicke, Curator of the Exhibition “The Whole Truth”
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Behind the Scenes: Entries on the Exhibition “The Whole Truth” (7)
Entries on the Exhibition “The Whole Truth”
What obstacles had to be overcome to open the exhibition The Whole Truth (2013), how it felt as a Jew to sit in a glass case in the exhibition, how visitors reacted, what further things developed out of the exhibition...
Trials of a Truth Seeker
Michal Friedlander on the countdown before the opening of the exhibition The Whole Truth
Ask the Rabbi
Martina Lüdicke about the shooting of the film installation in the exhibition The Whole Truth
In the Showcase
Olga Mannheimer about her experiences in the exhibition The Whole Truth
From Wagner to the Weather
Signe Rossbach about her two hours as a living exhibition object in the show The Whole Truth
Conversion and Controversy
Naomi Lubrich on the new interest in this topic and on religious loyalty
The Whole Truth: a Continuing Discussion
Guide Marc Wrasse about group discussions in the exhibition
After the Exhibition is Before the Exhibition
Martina Lüdicke on the decision to dedicate a separate exhibition to questions of circumcision