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Treasures Revealed

 Treasures Revealed

Treasures RevealedFrom the Collections of the Jewish National and University Library
In Honor of the 75th Anniversary of The Hebrew University of of Jerusalem 
 
Curator: Rafael Weiser
2000
The role of the National Library brought with it the charge to gather and house forevermore any work produced by the Jewish people in its own and foreign tongues, and all written records or documents of Jewish history, whether concerning the Jewish people itself or its relations with other nations.
 
The Jewish cultural legacy was not, however, the Library's sole focus. The University was established so that "the windows of this edifice are open to the four corners of the world, that the fairest fruit produced by man's creative spirit in every land and every age may enter (Chaim Nachman Bialik). Thus, the Library's mandate was also to collect and preserve the legacies of other cultures.
 
The treasures of the Jewish National and University Library are indeed priceless: manuscripts of the Bible; works written by the greatest Jewish thinkers in their own hands; manuscripts of eminent scholars and scientists, both Jewish and non-Jewish; incunabula and early editions; works of art; and more.
 
Professor Menachem Magidor
President, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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  • "against the Evil Eye and all kind of evil spirits" with pictures of Sanoy, Sansanoy, and Simangaluf.
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    A charm from the Orient, for all members of the household
  • Spain, written on parchment ca. 1300-1350. Square Sefardi script.
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    Mishneh Torah by R. Moses Maimonides
  • The incantations are prefaced by the story of Elijah and Lilith. Printed in Jerusalem, between 1965-1970.
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    An amulet pendant to protect mother and child
  • Amsterdam, ca. 1700. Etching by the German convert Avraham bar Yaakov.
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    A Charm for the Birthing Mother
  • Frankz Kafka
  • Poster calling on the women of Mandate Palestine to volunteer for the British Army in World War II.
  • Autograph of the first strophe and refrain of the poem, with Naphtali Herz Imber's signature. 1907/8.
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    ["Hatikva"]
  • Bible in Spanish
  • Probably Persia, 1106. Copied and punctuated by Yitzhak ben Avraham ha-Levi.
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    Parashat Shelah-Lekha
  • Probably Persia, 1106. Copied and punctuated by Yitzhak ben Avraham ha-Levi.
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    Parashat Shelah-Lekha
  • "The Hyeroglyphical figures of Nicholas Flammell explianed, anno 1399".
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    Isaac Newton
  • Spain, written on parchment ca. 1300-1350. Square Sefardi script.
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    Mishneh Torah by R. Moses
  • Spain, written on parchment ca. 1300-1350. Square Sefardi script.
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    Mishneh Torah by R. Moses
  • Spain, written on parchment ca. 1300-1350. Square Sefardi script.
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    Mihshneh Torah by R. Moses
  • Manuscript. Morocco-Egypt, 1161-1168.
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    The Mishnah with R. Moses Maimonides' Arabic Commentary, Seder Nashim.
  • Manuscript. Morocco-Egypt, 1161-1168.
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    The Mishnah with R. Moses Maimonides' Arabic Commentary, Seder Nashim
  • Manuscript on parchment. Later Prophets. Classical Syriac script, 9th century.
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    Peshitta, Syriac translation of the Hebrew Bibile.
  • Manuscript on parchment. Later Prophets. Classical Syriac script, 9th century.
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    Peshitta, Syriac translation of the Hebrew Bible.
  • Manuscript on parchment. Written large bold, oriental square script, fully vocalized and with accents.
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    The Damascus Keter Torah, Palestine, 10th century.
  • Manuscript on parchment. Written large bold, oriental square script, fully vocalized and with accents.
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    The Damascus Keter Torah, Palestine, 10th century.
  • Manuscript on parchment. Burgos, Spain, 1260.
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    "Damascus Keter". Bible with Vocalization, Accents, Masorah Magna and Masorha Parva.
  • Manuscript on parchment, copied by a Franco-German scribe. England or France, end of the 12th century.
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    Torah with Vocalization, Accents, Masorah Magna and Masorah Parva.
  • Festival prayerbook according to the Ashkenazi rite, for the use of hazanim (cantors) synagogue. 1272.
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    Mahzor Worms.
  • Hand-drawn map, painted in water-colors. Eastern Europe, early 19th century.
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    Map of the Land of Israel, after R Eliahu ben Shlomo Zalman, the Vilna Gaon.
  • Magnificent Persian manuscript, end of the 15th century, rich Shirazi decoration.
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    Qur'an