UPDATE: Kohanim should Avoid Liberty Science Center from June until January

liberty science center bodies revealedAs earlier reported on TLS, Kohanim would be Halachically unable to attend the Liberty Science Center for several months due to an upcoming exhibition, according to a Liberty Science Center manager.

The following letter was sent by a manager of the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City:

I hope you had a blessed Passover. I want to alert you about an exhibition we will be hosting June 18 – January 16 that I’m sure your customers will want to avoid.

I tell this to you in all openness because I respect the Jewish community and don’t want anyone to be caught unaware.

The show is called “Bodies Revealed” and it features real human forms, organs and skeletons preserved for display and educational purposes. These are the same kind use in medical schools such as the University of Michigan.

The show will be in a separate closed gallery on the 4th floor, but I am sure most of our Jewish visitors will not want to enter the building while it is here. If you know of any other factors I should be aware of, please let me know.

I will be sending letters to the editors of Jewish publications in which we advertise to let them know of the show.

Additionally, we will have a large sign outside the building so if a family does come here without hearing about the show, they will not walk into the building and then find out. I imagine that would be a very unpleasant surprise.

Yours sincerely, Elizabeth

Kohanim inquired from TLS as to when the human forms would actually be arriving at the Science Center.

We spoke to the Science Center who said that there was no exact date as to when they would be arriving, but “June – January will cover the time period they will be in the building.”

[TLS – SB]

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  1. It’s not so פשוט that עכו”ם is מטמא באהל.

    Kohanim should ask a Rov whether in fact they would “be Halachically unable” to enter.

  2. IN the Ripleys believe it or not in Atlantic city, they had a few displays which claimed to be made of real people bones, mummies, and bodies.. I don’t know how real it is, but if it is, I was wondering the same thing.

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