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​A New Exhibition: "Maimonides –​ From the Printing Press to the Digital Age"

Among the items that will be displayed at the National Library are a first printing of Maimonides' Mishna commentary, an edition of the Sefer Hamitzvot intended for Sephardic Marranos who escaped to Amsterdam, an amulet featuring an image of Maimonides' face, a variety of historical children's books about Maimonides and more.

Entry is free of charge


A new exhibition marking the completion of the
cataloging of the Hebrew University's historical archive



The exhibition will be on display on the second floor
between Nov. 20th 2018 and Feb. 20th, 2019




This new exhibition tells the story of German-Jewish intellectuals, uprooted from their home, who managed to flourish again as the founders and shapers of Israeli academia.

This is a joint exhibition organized by the Hebrew University and the National Library. It focuses on seven scholars who began their professional lives in Germany, and traces the dramatic circumstances which led them to the Hebrew University in its early years.

The exhibition shows how these intellectuals were fired from their jobs or uprooted from their homes during the period of the Nazi rise to power, and how they eventually integrated themselves, often with major difficulties, into the developing academic institution in Jerusalem.

Using materials from the National Library collections and the Hebrew University archive, the exhibition displays documents, letters and personal files belonging to the seven scholars, whose impact on the academic world is still felt today.


The exhibition also features a "students' desk", displaying actual student applications from young men and women from Central and Eastern Europe who hoped to be accepted to the Hebrew University, and thus rescue themselves from the inferno on the continent. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to examine the applications, and just like the admissions committees of the time, experience the dilemmas and conflicts that were faced by the university.





 ‭(Hidden)‬ New Exhibition: "Our hearts responded in ancient prayer"

This exhibition will feature a series of items and works related to the customs, hopes and prayers associated with the holidays of the Jewish month of Tishrei. It will center around five ancient mahzors from the Jewish Diaspora, including the Ashkenaz Worms mahzor and the famous Catalan mahzor, both dating back to the 13th century. The exhibition will also feature an original fragment of a hymn written by the poet Eleazar Ben Killir, as well as a handwritten siddur that once belonged to Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, the greatest of the Jewish Yemenite poets.

In addition to these treasures, we will also exhibit a number of Islamic hymns from Persia and the East, as well as European engravings depicting the holidays of Tishrei in the modern period, and dozens of Shana Tova postcards dating back to the first three decades of the State of Israel.


The exhibition will be on display on the entry floor between Sept. 2nd and Nov. 4th, 2018.



The Catalan MahzorThe Worms Mahzor



 ‭(Hidden)‬ The Birth of Israel: Jerusalem in 1948

Marlin Moshe Levin's photographs, exhibited here, are just a small part of his impressive collection of color images, made during days of war and siege, as the State of Israel was born. Of all of the photographs taken at the time, Levin's are exceptional in that they have been preserved in excellent condition.


Marlin Moshe Levin was born in 1921 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His journalism studies at Temple University were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, when he joined the U.S. Army and served in Europe and Japan. After his discharge, he completed his studies. In 1947 he immigrated to Palestine with his wife, Betty nee Schoffmann. He was


immediately hired as an editor at the Palestine Post. At the same time he started to work as a special correspondent for the United Press agency. The agency sent him color film. Some of these photographs were donated by Levin to the National Library of Israel in 2000, as part of a large exhibition of his photographic work.

The exhibition is on display on the first floor.

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