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American singer and songwriter Johnny Cash at a lavish meal in Jerusalem held in his honor on his third visit to Israel, November 1971. Credit: The Dan Hadani Archive, Pritzker Family National Photography Collection at the National Library of Israel, Jerusalem/IPPA staff.

National Library of Israel releases photos from Johnny Cash’s ‘Holy Land’ visit

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The National Library of Israel in Jerusalem has released rare photographs from a November 1971 visit by legendary musician Johnny Cash to Israel. It took place during a professional and spiritual resurgence for the star after years...
Monsieur Chouchani taught many of the 20th century's Jewish scholars. Archive Photograph: No credit.

Shining a light on one of Judaism’s most enigmatic scholars

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For Israeli Philosophy Professor Shalom Rosenberg, the world is divided into two kinds of people: those who had the privilege of meeting Monsieur Choucani and those who did not. An enigmatic scholar, Choucani taught many...
Letters by the “Hazon Ish,” Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz (1878-1953). Credit: The National Library of Israel in Jerusalem.

Personal letters by rabbi known as ‘Hazon Ish’ come to National Library of Israel

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Fourteen letters penned in the 1940s by the legendary rabbi known as the “Hazon Ish” have been donated to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem by the family of their recipient, Rabbi Zvi...
A sukkah on an Israeli army vehicle in the Golan during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Photo by Nathan Fendrich, Courtesy of the Pritzker Family National Photography Collection at National Library of Israel.

National Library of Israel releases rare photographs of Sukkot during 1973 war

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Nearly 50 years after the Yom Kippur War, the National Library of Israel has released a number of rare photos showing how the festival of Sukkot, or “Feast of Tabernacles,” was celebrated during the conflict, even...
The suitcase Hannah Senesh used to move from Hungary to what was then British Mandatory Palestine. Credit: The National Library of Israel.

National Library of Israel digitizes personal effects, poetry of Hannah Senesh

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In celebrating 100 years since the birth of Jewish war hero and poet Hannah Senesh (Szenes), the National Library of Israel has digitized dozens of items from her recently acquired archive, many of them never previously...
National Library of Israel director Oren Weinberg (left) and Abdulla M. Alraisi, director of the National Archive of the United Arab Emirates at Abu Dhabi, sign a memorandum of understanding laying out various areas of collaboration between the two institutions, Credit: National Library of Israel/UAE National Archive.

UAE National Archives, National Library of Israel ink historic agreement

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The National Library of Israel (NLI) in Jerusalem and the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi have signed a historic memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two organizations announced in a...
Natan Sharansky, released by the Soviet Union in an exchange of prisoners by the U.S. authorities, with his wife, Avital, at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel, 1986. Photo by Israel Simionsky, Dan Hadani Archive, Pritzker Family National Photography Collection, National Library of Israel.

In time for holiday, National Library of Israel launches ‘Passover Memories’ project

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The National Library of Israel has launched the “Passover Memories” project to share personal stories from a number of prominent figures who celebrated the holiday under “normal” and not-so-normal circumstances. The project includes Natan Sharansky’s...
Researcher Clinton Bailey interviews a Bedouin elder in 1972. Credit: Boris Carmi from the Meitar Collection at the National Library of Israel Archives.

Clinton Bailey Archive of Bedouin Culture comes to National Library of Israel

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Clinton Bailey has conducted research in the deserts of Sinai and the Negev over the past five decades, establishing himself as a world-renowned expert on the Bedouin. The Clinton Bailey Archive of Bedouin Culture is...
A panel from the rare medieval Scroll of Esther recently donated to the National Library of Israel. The library announced that it would be viewed online on Feb. 22, 2021. Credit: National Library of Israel.

Israel’s National Library gains gift of rare 15th-century Scroll of Esther

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One of the world’s oldest scrolls of Esther was recently gifted to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, the library’s blog announced on Monday. The scroll, dating from medieval times, was a gift from...
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. Credit: Flickr/R. Barraez D'Lucca.

Pro-Zionist letter by ‘father of modern China’ Sun Yat-Sen resurfaces in Israel

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The original, signed copy of a letter written by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, considered to be one of the greatest leaders of modern China, expressing support for Zionism has been rediscovered in the archives of...