We can see in these exhibits the cultural and spiritual co-operation between Christians and Jews over centuries.
Last month Cherie attended the opening of the Jewish Museum's 'Illumination' Exhibition. This exhibition, which will cast new light on the study of sacred texts by all three Abrahamic faiths, brings together for the first time a range of rare and exquisitely beautiful Hebrew manuscripts from The Vatican Library, The Bodleian Library, The British Library and the Library of Lambeth Palace. These Hebrew manuscripts are proof of coexistence and cultural affinity between Jews and their non-Jewish neighbours in the middle ages.
As Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has said
We have to learn to live together, valuing equally our differences and our commonalities. The perennial problem of civilisation, given new depth and pathos in our time, is how to manage our separateness and togetherness, our differences and interdependencies. Both are equally important. If we were completely different we could not communicate. If we were exactly alike, we would have nothing to say.
Following a £10 million investment, the new Jewish Museum is an inspirational place to explore Jewish culture, heritage and identity as well as a home for their internationally acclaimed collections. The new museum in Camden Town triples the space of the old museum.
Cherie was given a tour of the museum and the Hebrew Manuscripts by Lady Levene, a Trustee and Member of the Council. Cherie then gave a speech where she spoke about the exhibition:
We can see in these exhibits that the cultural and spiritual co-operation between Christians and Jews over centuries led to the creation of some extraordinary treasures. And one of the special aspects is that many of these exhibits and texts could not have been born out of one religious tradition alone.
She also spoke briefly about her own Foundation for Women:
I know from my own Foundation's work supporting women, often those in conflict zones around the world, that we really can make a difference if we reach across national, cultural and religious divides to find common ground.
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