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International Museum Day
Mother Tongue
Weekend Family Fun
Summer Day Camp - Adventures Around the Ancient World
Sura and Pumbedita - Talmudic Academies
Opera at the Museum

Wednesdays at 19:30 | Free with Museum admission*

6/5/15 – The Exile as Pictured in Jewish Art, Dr. Shulamit Laderman, Bar Ilan Univ. and Schechter Inst., Hebrew


13/5/15 – Jewish Identity in the Global Village – From Babylon to America, Dr. Hagai Misgav, Hebrew Univ., Hebrew


20/5/15 –  Where did the Lachish Letters Originate From, Mr. Zeev B. Begin, Hebrew


27/5/15 – Special Guest Lecture

The Age of Heroes, Professor Sir John Boardman, Beazley Archive, Classics Centre, Oxford, English


3/6/15 – The Jews of Hellenistic-Roman Egypt: The Evidence of Papyri, Dr. Noah Hacham, Hebrew Univ., Hebrew

10/6/15 – Lost and Found: Finding Sasanian Jewish Culture in the Babylonian Rabbinic Rules of Lost Property, Dr. Shai Secunda, Hebrew Univ., Hebrew


17/6/15 – Why Did the Babylonian Sages Disapprove of Palestinian Piyyut?, Dr. Ophir Münz-Manor, The Open Univ., Hebrew


24/6/15"Alas, my city!" - The Lamentation Literature of Ancient Mesopotamia, Dr. Uri Gabbay, Hebrew Univ., Hebrew


1/7/15 – "The Many Voices of the Book of Lamentations", Prof. Ed Greenstein, Bar Ilan Univ., Hebrew

Sura and Pumbedita – Talmudic Academies
The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem and Beit Midrash Elul invite you to this special series of meetings held in the spirit of the Talmudic academies of Sura and Pumbedita, the ancient "universities" of the Jewish people.

These academies, where the Babylonian Talmud was debated and edited, existed for over 800 years, between the 3rd and 11th centuries CE. They served as the cultural and spiritual center of the Jewish people, and the nourishing setting in which the Jewish identity we know today was formulated. Join us as we travel back in time to the Talmudic academies of Babylon, experience their educational methodology, learning, and yearning for Zion.

8/7/15Session 1– Forgetting the Teaching of Babylon – The Physical and Spiritual Journeys of Talmudic Scholars Between Eretz-Israel and Babylon.
19:00-21:00 – An evening of learning circles  and Chavrutot. led by Beit Midrash Elul moderators.

15/7/15 - Session 2 Mesivta – The Virtue of Learning
18:30 – Talmudic Scholars for a Moment – Learning circles in the spirit of the ancient yeshiva, with Beit Midrash Elul moderators on: teacher-student relationships, controversy and its limits, scholars and philistines, and the power of Chavruta.
19:30 – The Ancient Universities of the People of Israel,  Lecture by Rabbi Dr. Binyamin Lau

22/7/15 – Session 3 – "A decree the public cannot stand" – The Destruction of the Temple and the Shaping of Memory
19.30. – Seminar led by Shlomit Ravitzky Tur-Paz, Executive Director of  Beit Midrash Elul


29/7/15 – To Be Announced

*Please note start times for the Sura and Pumbedita series.
** Sura and Pumbedita series –
Free for museum members only.

Non-members – Entrance ticket to the BLMJ.

Advanced reservation for lectures and learning sessions required.

All programs subject to change







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