Trash Tradition Inspires New NYC Exhibit

NEW YORK - A new exhibit entitled "Holy Trash" is now on display at the American Jewish Historical Society in Manhattan.

The work by Rachel Libeskind was inspired by the Jewish tradition of never throwing away any materials containing the name of God.

"There's a Genizah, which is a repository for all this kind of stuff. And the wonderful artist Rachel Liebskind kind of took a play on that," said American Jewish Historical Society Executive Director Rachel Lithgow.

"I think it's interesting to look at the inventory of things that make up our lives. Some of them are holy, and some of them are definitely not holy, and we just think of them as trash, and some we're just not comfortable throwing away. It's kind of an endless idea," Libeskind said.

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