The five-story museum next to Independence Mall, scheduled to open Nov. 26, is dedicated to chronicling 350 years of Jewish life in America and establishing a home base for scholarly meetings and community discussions.
But The Philadelphia Inquirer says officials had to decide whether to open on Saturdays, even though Jewish law forbids work and commercial transactions on the Sabbath. The alternative was closing on the day and turning away thousands of visitors — as well as up to a quarter of the anticipated admission revenue.
Michael Rosenzweig, the museum's president and chief executive officer, says there was "not a simple answer."
Read it all.
Filed under: * Culture-Watch Art History Religion & Culture * Economics, Politics Economy * International News & Commentary America/U.S.A. * Religion News & Commentary Other Faiths Judaism * Theology
To comment on this article: To article and comments
© 2015 Kendall S. Harmon. All rights reserved.
For original material from Titusonenine (such as articles and commentary by Dr. Harmon) permission to copy and distribute free of charge is granted, provided this notice, the logo, and the web site address are visible on all copies. For permission for use in for-profit publications, please email KSHarmon[at]mindspring[dot]com