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Exhibitions

Selected Pearls from the Islam Collection for the Month of Ramadan 

On Thursday, May 16th,the Library will open an exhibition of rare and beautiful Islamic manuscripts, dating from the tenth through the 18th centuries. Open free to the public during Library hours until June 14th.


 


Entry is free!

For guided tours please contact the Visitors Center:

visitors@nli.org.il  074-7336125

 

 

 ‭(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.