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 The City of Dream: Jerusalem in the Mind's Eye

​No other city has sparked human imagination throughout the centuries as has Jerusalem. Jews, Christians and Muslims looked yearningly toward the city, drawing its image in their mind’s eye. This image largely reflected the desires of the dreamers rather than the actual appearance of the city itself, which in reality was very far from the exalted vision idealized in the three monotheistic religions. In the jubilee year of the unification of Jerusalem, we have chosen to focus on the dreamers, presenting the perspectives of those who never visited the city, yet who nonetheless walked its streets and alleys with the familiarity of locals.

 

The variety of items expressing the dream of Jerusalem in this exhibition represents only a small fraction of the National Library's treasures that have a connection to the eternal city.

 

Availability : Sunday - Thursday 09:00 - 20:00 Friday 09:00- 12:00

Entrance is free of charge.
The exhibition will be Open until 15.10.2017.

 

For guided tours please contact the Visitors Center:

visitors@nli.org.il  074-7336125

 

 

 ‭(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