Where artifacts and midrash meet

Beit Avi Chai and the Israel Museum partner to produce a weekly lecture series

By ARIEL DOMINIQUE HENDELMAN
April 13, 2017 16:26
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Curator Daniella Shalev and Prof. Avigdor Shiran discuss ‘Poverty and Riches’ at the Vayikra event. (photo credit: BENNI MAOR)

 
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There are many classes that deal with the weekly Torah portion in various ways, be it through a halachic, spiritual or purely academic approach. But the Israel Museum is offering a lecture series in Hebrew on the weekly Torah portion that is quite unique.

It combines a midrashic interpretive study with an artistic or archeological perspective, eliciting a theme upon which to create discussion. The lectures are facilitated by Prof. Avigdor Shinan and curators from different departments of the museum. The series, a project born from a partnership between Beit Avichai and the museum, began three years ago with the Book of Genesis. Last year, they presented Exodus. This year, it’s Leviticus.

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