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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...
From the documentary “Golda,” about Israel’s first female prime minister’s term of office. Credit: National Library of Israel.

Festival of best Israeli documentaries goes digital, with special track in English

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The National Library of Israel’s sixth annual Docu.Text Film Festival is going digital, with a special track for English-speaking international audiences. The festival, running from Nov. 15-25, features award-winning documentary films, question-and-answer sessions and an array of special...
Nachmanides, the Rambam. Credit: Courtesy (National Library of Israel).

Recently unearthed Ramban prayer online and in English for first time

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In time for the High Holidays, a recently unearthed poetic prayer attributed to the famous 13th-century rabbi known as the Ramban (Nachmanides) has been translated into English for the first time, and is now...
A joint project is underway in Italy to catalogue an estimated 35,000 volumes from 14 Jewish communities and 25 state institutions, June 2020. Credit: The National Library of Israel.

Joint effort begins to identify and catalogue every Hebrew book in Italy

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A ground-breaking collaborative effort to create a unified listing of all Hebrew books in Italy has been announced by the Union of Jewish Communities in Italy (UCEI), the Rome National Central Library (BNCR) and...
The “Moskowitz Mahzor” before restoration. Credit: The National Library of Israel.

15th-century prayer book fully restored, put online by National Library of Israel

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Restoration of the National Library of Israel’s renowned Moskowitz Mahzor has been completed with the manuscript online for the first time. It was created on parchment in the 15th century by Joel ben Simeon, considered by many...
A Paris travel journal and Kafka manuscript from the literary estate of Max Brod. Credit: National Library of Israel.

Last batch of Brod and Kafka papers return to Israel after decades in Swiss...

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The final batch of personal papers belonging to Max Brod,—one of Czech writer Franz Kafka’s closest confidants—was transferred to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem on Wednesday after decades of legal battles to...