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A Look at the Jewish Year

A Look at the Jewish Year

A Look at the Jewish Year

Join us for a journey through the Hebrew calendar via the peerless collections of the National Library of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide!

The materials below are free to use and we welcome your feedback.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

The Jewish Calendar

A collaboration between the National Library of Israel and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Join Dr. Yoel Finkelman, curator of the Haim and Hanna Salomon Judaica Collection at the National Library of Israel, and Rabbanit Nechama Barash of Pardes as they take a look at some of the rare items in the National Library's collections and discuss the texts and questions surrounding the concept of the Jewish calendar. Check out the accompanying worksheet here.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

A collaboration between the National Library of Israel and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Join Dr. Yoel Finkelman, curator of the Haim and Hanna Salomon Judaica Collection at the National Library of Israel, and Rabbanit Nechama Barash of Pardes as they take a look at some of the rare items in the National Library's collections and discuss the texts and questions surrounding the holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Check out the accompanying worksheet here.

Sukkot and Simchat Torah

A collaboration between the National Library of Israel and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Join Dr. Yoel Finkelman, curator of the Haim and Hanna Salomon Judaica Collection at the National Library of Israel, and Rabbanit Nechama Barash of Pardes as they take a look at some of the rare items in the National Library's collections and discuss the texts and questions surrounding the holidays of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Check out the accompanying worksheet here.

Eight Stories for Eight Nights of Hanukkah

Join the National Library of Israel in celebrating Hanukkah this year with eight stories, eight historical treasures, eight languages, and eight candles; part of the National Library’s “A Look at the Jewish Year” series.

 

Happy Hanukkah!

Dr. Yoel Finkelman, curator of the world-leading Haim and Hanna Salomon Judaica Collection, wishes you and yours a Happy Hanukkah from the National Library of Israel:

First candle

In the video below, join Dr. Aliza Moreno-Goldschmidt, head of the Israel and Judaica Reading Room, as she explores a small, rare booklet of Ladino Hanukkah verses, printed in the Ottoman Empire...

And also, check out these stories about Sephardic culture and heritage:

Memories from my Sephardic Grandparents

Five-Hundred Years in the Life of the Amon Family

Kosher Pork Chops and Crypto-Jewish Identity

Also check out our world-leading collection of digitized, fully searchable historic Jewish press, including numerous titles in Ladino and Spanish.

 

Second candle

Join Ariel Viterbo, an archivist in the National Library’s Archives, for a look at a late 19th century Tuscan Hanukkah flyer, including texts in Hebrew and Italian.

And check out these stories about Italian Jewish culture and heritage:

Did a Woman Really Read from the Torah in the 15th century?

The Disappearing Headstones from the Jewish Cemetery of Ferrara

Meet Emilia Morpurgo: A Female Ritual Slaughterer from Italy

Read about “I-Tal-Ya Books”, an exciting new initiative to create a unified listing of all Hebrew books in Italy for the first time ever.

 

Third candle

Join Tadeusz Woleński, a project manager in the Culture Department, for a look at two Polish Hanukkah treasures, one from just before the Holocaust and one from just after...

Also, check out these stories about Polish Jewish culture and heritage:

A Moment Before Desolation: Rare Photographs of Polish Jewry

Not Traveling? Visit Stunning Jewish Sites Across Poland from Home

The Feminist Revival of Tu B’Av, the Jewish Festival of Love

In addition, check out our world-leading collection of digitized, fully searchable historic Jewish press, including dozens of titles in Polish and Yiddish.

Fourth candle

Join Dr. Amalia Kedem of the Music Collection and Sound Archive for a listen to the official candle lighting ceremony at the Israeli president’s residence in 1957...

And discover more on this subject below:

Hanukkah Songs and Sounds From Across the Globe

Bringing Darkness to Light: Singing Hanukkah Songs Through the Holocaust

Diverse musical treasures from the NLI collections

Listen to the full recording of the ceremony described in the video

Fifth candle

In the video below, join Emmanuel Fulop, R&D Manager and Architect, for a look at a rare French Jewish text that mentions latkes before potatoes had even made their way to Europe!

Discover more here:

Latkes, Hanukkah Donuts and the Head of Holofernes

How the Anti-Semitic Dreyfus Affair Led to the Creation of the Tour de France

Original NLI educational resources in French

Also check out our world-leading collection of digitized, fully searchable historic Jewish press, including dozens of titles in French.

 

Sixth candle

Join Chaya Meier-Herr, head of the Edelstein Collection, for a look at a 1914 Hanukkah publication for German Jewish soldiers...

And check out these related stories:

The Jewish Soldiers of the Kaiser’s Army

Looking Back at the Jewish Soldiers of the Great War

Days of Awe for the Jewish Soldiers of the First World War​

Seventh candle

Join Alexander Gordin, coordinator of the Special Collections Reading Room, for a look at a rare Hanukkah text from the Bukharian Jewish community in the video below.

Discover more:

Manuscripts at the National Library of Israel

Discover other rare Jewish languages in this exhibition

A History in Pictures: The Jews of the USSR

Three Guests for Passover

Our “A Look at the Jewish Year” series continues with an exploration of the festival of Pesach, Passover, featuring some unusual guests as well as a number of unique items from the National Library of Israel collections.

Learn more about the items featured in the film:

The Geniza fragment

The Wolff Haggadah

The Prague Haggadah

View and download some beautiful rare Haggadot from the National Library collections.

Explore more Haggadot and stories around the theme of Passover.

Find educational resources to use in your own Passover activities.