שיעור רישום בהר ציון, ירושלים, 1955, צלם: ורנר בראון. באדיבות אוסף ורנר בראון, ארכיון התמונות ע״ש שושנה ואשר הלוי, יד יצחק בן-צבי

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The main event at Mt. Zion
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The main exhibition of the Manofim Festival for 2024 will be displayed in two buildings on Mount Zion, and another building overlooking the mountain. It was originally scheduled to open on October 24, 2023 and take place in a different format. With the disaster that occurred on October seventh and with the beginning of the war, the exhibition was postponed to the current date and updated according to what is possible during wartime. We live in a time that carries profound sadness within it. In the face of the horrors and pain that are piling up from all sides, it seems that the questions which the exhibition originally dealt with, have become increasingly more relevant. What should we do now that so much hatred, pain and rage has been accumulated? How can we continue to live on this land that contains many opposing cultures and beliefs, when each demands its place?

Mt. Zion is mentioned dozens of times in ancient Jewish prophecies and in the book of Psalms as the holy mountain of Jerusalem or as the sacred place that is God’s chosen abode. According to Christian tradition, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles when they stayed on Mt. Zion during Pentecost, as told in the Act of Apostles. In Islamic tradition, the mountain is called ‘Jabal Al-Nabi Daoud’ after the prophet David (King David) whose tomb is located on the mountain. At the heart of Mt. Zion, stands a unique building, among the few in the land, where the three monotheistic faiths dwell under the same roof. According to the Jewish faith, the tomb of King David is on the first floor. In Muslim tradition the prophet David is buried there under a large stone. In 1550 the place was turned into a mosque whose remnants can be found to this day throughout the building, and the room where the last supper is said to have taken place can be found on the second floor. One possibility for the co-existence of religions in this place is the lack of any archaeological evidence to corroborate that these ancient occurrences did in fact take place there. And yet, all religions agree on the existence of a single element – faith.

Mount Zion can be a case study for the possibility of different beliefs existing side by side on the same land. The very existence of many buildings on the mountain, belonging to the three religions and the diverse schools found within them, buildings that will not move anywhere, can serve as a model for the simultaneous existence of multiple ways of life, on one land, each in its own territory and according to its own customs. In these days, it seems that this thought is a fantasy or at least very naïve. At the same time, this exhibition seeks to celebrate this possibility, to honor the faith of others, whether religious or civil, to cherish their story and memory. To believe it is possible otherwise.

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Opening night

18:30-22:00

The opening event will include a live performance by the Great Gehenna Choir at 20:00 at the Dormition Abbey. Admission to the concert is included in the exhibition ticket price.

11:00-18:00

Guided tour of the exhibition will begin at 11:00.

11:00-18:00

Guided tour of the exhibition will begin at 11:00.

10:00-16:00

Guided tour of the exhibition will begin at 11:00.

10:00-16:00

Guided tour of the exhibition will begin at 11:00.

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