National Library of Israel

National Library of Israel and the books of the people

With the cultural repository shuttered since last week, its chairman tells ‘In Jerusalem’ why we should all care.

19/08/2020
The National Library of Israel: Victim of COVID-19, elections, budget war

The People of the Book cannot afford to lose their national library.

National Library of Israel to put 300 workers on unpaid leave

Under the suspension, the library will stop the lending of books and close reading rooms.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
06/08/2020
The siddur that survived the Nazis

This prayer book was published by Schocken in 1937, a year before Kristallnacht. Decades later, a reader at the National Library was surprised to find in it a clearly visible Nazi seal.

By IORAM MELCER
27/07/2020
German Jewish poet brought back to life in a new online platform

Else Lasker-Schüler is considered to be one of the greats of German poetry, a bohemian artist who corresponded with many of the most prominent cultural figures of her time.

New Israeli-Italian project will catalog all Hebrew texts in Italy

The project is expected to last three years and is set to catalog an estimated 35,000 volumes from 14 Jewish communities and 25 state-run institutions.

01/07/2020
The 'Vilna Gaon Map' is believed to be a copy of a map drawn by the Gaon
The epidemic that brought Jews back to Jerusalem

Fleeing a Galilean plague, a handful of the Vilna Gaon’s students rewrote the holy city’s history

By ZACK ROTHBART
21/05/2020
Prayers, amulets and spells to ward off plagues

The sages of Safed created amulets, the Jews of Italy wrote prayers and other Jews warned of less conventional plagues.

By CHEN MALUL/ NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL
14/04/2020
Is 'Chad Gadya' the first children's song in recorded history?
Is 'Chad Gadya' the first children's song in recorded history?

The purpose of the Haggadah is to fulfill the important commandment “and you shall tell your son” (and your daughter, we might add) the story of the Exodus.

By AMIT NAOR / NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL
06/04/2020
National Library offers free audiobooks amid coronavirus closures

The books will be available through the iCast app with the authors' consent.

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