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Jewish relics from last 1,000 years showcased by Israel National Library

Created by Israel's National Library with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, the items will feature in a series of three films

Rare Jewish artefacts, including a calendar from the 12th century, are being showcased at a new series by the National Library of Israel.

Launched ahead of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, ‘A Look at the Jewish Year’ offers a unique view of items including the first written example of Yiddish and stunning 18th century illustrations.

Created in collaboration with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, the items will feature in a series of three films, each approximately 15 minutes long.

Among the Jewish treasures is a nearly thousand year-old Jewish calendar found in the famed Cairo Geniza, the 13th century Worms Mahzor, which includes the first written example of Yiddish and survived the Holocaust, and an 18th century manuscript known as Sefer Evronot featuring an array of stunning illustrations.

Early 20th century Sukkot poster. Courtesy- The National Library of Israel, Jerusalem (© Herzog & de Meuron; Mann-Shinar Architects, Executive Architect)

Modern items featured include an early 20th century poster of a traditional Sukkot holiday meal, and flags waved by children on Simchat Torah.

Each of the films includes features a conversation between Dr. Yoel Finkelman, curator of the Haim and Hanna Salomon Judaica Collection at the National Library of Israel, and Rabbanit Nechama Barash of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.

The films are intended to give viewers an understanding the Jewish calendar and holidays through the lens of the Library’s extensive rare collections.

Worms Mahzor, 13th century Germany. Courtesy – The National Library of Israel, Jerusalem (© Herzog & de Meuron; Mann-Shinar Architects, Executive Architect)

Watch the videos for the series here:

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