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​"Next Year We will be Free Men"

   
   
   
  
 
 


Unconventional Passover Haggadot from the struggle to found the State of Israel


The exhibition will be open to the public, free of charge,
 from March 22, 2018 to May 31, 2018.



Sunday-Thursday 9:00-19:00

Friday - 9:00-13:00

 

In honor of the 70th year since the founding of the State of Israel, the National Library of Israel will be presenting a special exhibition of 30 unconventional Haggadot that connect the story of the exodus from Egypt to the first Independence Day of the State of Israel- the day on which a vision and a dream became reality.

 

These Haggadot were created between 1940 and 1948 and were printed under difficult circumstances but they symbolize in a unique way, the Zionist idea, our connection to the exodus from Egypt and the struggle in the desert until the entry into Israel.

 

Unconventional Haggadot are a blend of the traditional, Orthodox text with Zionist and secular commentary. In the years before the founding of the state we see additions that focus on the suffering and tribulations that were faced in the process of building a state along with inspirational songs and texts in preparation of the big trials yet to come.


A portion of the Haggadot that will be featured in the exhibition are from the collection of the National Library of Israel and several are from the collection of Aviram Paz of Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek who has dedicated all of his energies into gathering and preserving Haggadot of Pesach from the period of the foundation of the state.

 

The exhibition includes Haggadot that were printed on simple paper on the machines that exited in the time of the World War II.  They were largely distributed in the DP camps established for the survivors of the Holocaust. Other Haggadot were printed and distributed to the different battalions of Jewish soldiers serving in the British army, including the Haggadah of the women's battalion serving in Egypt. Additionally, included in the exhibition are special and minimalist Haggadot that were distributed amongst soldiers on the Passover holiday of 1948 that was celebrated at the height of the most turbulent battles of the War of Independence, including the battle of Nabi Yosha in the Upper Galilee, Operation Nachshon- the mission to clear the siege on Jerusalem, the struggle to secure Gush Etzion and more.

 

A special thank you to Aviram Paz, author of "The Egyptian Exodus: Then and Now," who contributed to this exhibition from his personal collections.

 


 

​Where Balfour Meets Allenby

1917, The Year That Changed the Fate of the Jewish People.

We invite you to travel with us back 100 years to the sights and sounds from those dramatic days that changed the face of the region forever.

 

Hundreds of rare documents, unique photographs, video clips, and authentic maps await you at the special exhibition.

 

Press Below to the Special Exhibition Website!

 

The exhibition will open on November 12, 2017 between 09:00-17:00


Entry is free!

 

 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ New Exhibition: How to Draw a Poem

Poets illustrate drawings, illustrators write poetry. How do you reconcile these ideas and what is the special relationship between author and illustrator? The exhibition showcases 21 intersections between poem and drawing, which uncover surprising and unknown facets of well-known creators.

 

Rare items that highlight four kinds of relationships between poets and painters, between illustrators 2and poetry, and between the image and the written word.


 

Availability : Sunday - Thursday 09:00 - 18:00 Friday 09:00- 12:00

Entrance is free of charge.


 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 1960: Israel in the year the National Library Opened

1960The cornerstone-laying ceremony for the future home of the National Library – on 5 April 2016 – not only marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in our history. It also sets in motion the process of bidding farewell to the library's current home on the Givat Ram campus. We have decided at this historic moment, as a gesture to the generation of dreamers and builders, to focus on the year when this building was inaugurated: 1960.

 
1960 was a year of restraint, set between the struggles and crises that preceded it and those that would follow. This exhibition, from the treasures of the National Library, is a tribute to the library of 1960, from whose spirit we will draw inspiration as we build the Library's new home for the next hundred years.
 
April 6th – October 28th, 2016
Availability: Sunday-Friday
Entrance is free of charge.

 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ A Timeless Script: Handwritten Passover Haggadot

A Timeless ScriptNearly every Jew, near and far, in this and previous generations, sits down to the Seder table and reads the Passover Haggadah. The Passover Haggadah is perhaps the most read text in the history of the Jewish people and the Jewish text of which more editions than any other have been printed.


This exhibition is a collection of Passover Haggadot written, illuminated and illustrated by hand from the twelfth through the twentieth century. The National Library of Israel holds Haggadot from Persia and Babylon, Europe and Africa, each telling the stories of Jewish communities distinct in their languages and writing styles, in their philosophies and the wide range of reasons that led their scribes to take up the pen — as they remained faithful to the ancient, familiar and beloved text.


April 6th – May 13th, 2016

Availability: Sunday-Thursday (09:00-16:00); Friday (09:00-13:00)
Entrance is free of charge.
  • Martin Buber and other Jewish students in the Jewish Students’ League, Leipzig, 1899
    Martin Buber and other Jewish students in the Jewish Students’ League, Leipzig, 1899
  • Issue of the monthly journal, Der Jude (The Jew), 1918
    Issue of the monthly journal, Der Jude (The Jew), 1918
  • Letter of dismissal to Buber as a professor at Frankfurt University, 1933
    Letter of dismissal to Buber as a professor at Frankfurt University, 1933
  • Invitation to a ceremony to bestow an honorary doctorate, 1953
    Invitation to a ceremony to bestow an honorary doctorate, 1953
  • A greeting card for Martin Buber’s 75th birthday from his philosophy students, 1953
    A greeting card for Martin Buber’s 75th birthday from his philosophy students, 1953
  • Martin Buber with members of the National Library of Israel, Kurt David Wormann and Felix Weltsch, 1960
    Martin Buber with members of the National Library of Israel, Kurt David Wormann and Felix Weltsch, 1960

 

Dreams and Diplomacy in the Holy Land

 
Exhibition Tours This joint exhibition by the Shapell Manuscript Foundation and the National Library of Israel is a window into American involvement in the region. It presents several colorful figures who served as U.S. consuls in Israel by means of a unique collection of items, some of them displayed here for the first time.

 
Target Audience: Adults and youth
Duration: 1.5 hours
Availability: Sunday-Friday