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Zooming In: Sound Objects (Spring 2013)
Mar 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Sound Objects combined the study of Jewish material culture with the emerging field of Sound Studies and investigated the role of objects that emit sound during synagogue rituals. Some objects used in synagogue rituals are designed to produce specific sounds, such as the shofar horn blasted on the High Holy Days, and the noisemakers used on Purim, but many others — especially those dedicated to embellishing, storing, carrying, and reading the Torah scrolls — emit “ritual noises” even though sound-making is not their primary function. Select objects in the exhibition were also recorded digitally, and the resulting “playlist” accompanied the display on-site and online.