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The Five Senses and Jewish Ritual Objects

Location: Hillel
Dates: Fall 2010–Fall 2011



The role of sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste in Jewish ritual tradition is explored in Suzanne Gold’s ’10 student-curated exhibition The Five Senses and Jewish Ritual Objects. The exhibition examines how ceremonial objects mediate religious experience through the activation of particular senses—for example, the glimmer of light off polished silver, the aroma of rich incense, the sound issued from instruments, the smooth pulp of the Torah, and the taste of sweet wine. As the Sonneborn Collection Curatorial Intern, Suzanne researched and assembled objects from the Henry Sonneborn Collection. The exhibition will be on display for a year at Hillel.

Explore Further

Read about the Sonneborn Collection of Judaica in the JHU Gazette.