05.12.21 — 29.05.22
In 2021, at the milestone of 200 years since the closing of the Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition in Portugal, the Jewish Museum of São Paulo presents in its inaugural exhibition the functioning of this organization that molded the Iberian and colonial mentality, establishing a society of deceit and hypocrisy. This exhibition also strives to highlight the struggle of the New Christians to rebuild their lives in Brazil during the 300 year existence of the Tribunal, an institution that prohibited them from practicing their Jewish traditions.
In this exhibition, the objective is to weave a complex narrative of the plurality of Jewish presence in Brazil based on the different migratory flows spanning 500 years.
The first long-term exhibition, Jewish Life, presents the customs and rituals through which Judaism connects with the sacred, measures time, studies its texts, celebrates values, elects its typical foods and lives collectively in each stage of life. It therefore addresses the daily occurrences of Jewish life, seen not only through a religious lens, but also as a cultural phenomenon.
The fruit of a civil society initiative nurtured over two decades, the Museu Judaico de São Paulo (MUJ) opens its doors with a view to cultivating the different expressions, histories, memories, traditions and values of Jewish culture, in dialogue with the Brazilian context, the present and the aspirations of its different publics.
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