December 2018 - March 2019

About the Exhibition

There Was None Like Moses

Maimonides: From the Invention of Printing to
the Digital Age

The proverb "From Moses to Moses, there was none like Moses" reflects Maimonides’ vast influence in and beyond the Jewish world.

This exhibition presents publications created around the figure of Maimonides, from the invention of printing and into the digital age, and it shows diverse audiences portrayed their own Maimonides to match their needs and imaginations.

The rationalist philosopher, meticulous legalist, world-renowned physician, and active communal leader may have died more than 800 years ago, but interest in his writings and life has never flagged, among Jews and non-Jews alike, from Yemen and Iraq to Europe and the Americas.

Yet, various publics constructed for themselves a Maimonides that complemented their unique cultural sensitivities, at times imagining a figure very different from who he really was. Legacies have a life of their own, and the author himself does not determine how he will be perceived hundreds of years after his death.

The exhibit There Was None Like Moses is a collaboration of the National Library of Israel and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem with the support of the Maimonides Fund. Concurrently, the Israel Museum is presenting the exhibition Maimonides: A Legacy in Script, which focuses on the unique manuscripts containing his writings.          

Schedule

Tuesday, December 11
20:30-22:00
Opening remarks:
Mr. David Blumberg, Chair of the National Library of Israel
*Can the Two Co-exist?
Legal Interpretation and Halachic Interpretation
Prof. Aharon Barak, Retired President of the Supreme Court
Prof. Moshe Halbertal, The Hebrew University (remarks)
Chair: Prof. Elchanan Reiner, The National Library of Israel    

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Wednesday, December 12
10:15-11:45
*Maimonides: Halacha and Philosophy
Prof. Moshe Halbertal, Prof. Joseph David (remarks)

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11:45-12:00
Break
12:00-13:30
*Maimonides, the Community and Central Administration  
Prof. Menachem Ben-Sasson, Dr. Dotan Arad (remarks)

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13:30-14:30
Lunch break
14:30-16:00
**Two Conceptions of Idolatry in the Thought of Maimonides
Prof. Josef Stern, Mr. Omer Michaelis (remarks)

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16:00-16:30
Break
16:30-18:00
**Perplexed by What? Guides to Modern Jewish Life from Krochmal to Leibowitz
Prof. Leora Batnitzky, Dr. Michael Fagenblat (remarks)

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18:00-20:00
Guided tour of the exhibition

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Maimonides in a New Light

This session is open only to invited participants (students)

16:30-17:30
Love and Awe in the Philosophy of Maimonides
Prof. Moshe Halbertal
17:30-18:00
Break, light refreshments and tour of exhibition
18:00-19:00
Group study
19:10-20:00
Maimonides' Multi-Faceted Attitude Towards Islam
Prof. Meir Bar Asher

Main Event

20:30-22:00
*Maimonides and his influence on modern culture
Dr. Meir Buzaglo in conversation with Dr. Micah Goodman
Chair: Tsila Hayun, The National Library of Israel    
Musical accompaniment: Yad Ben Zvi Ensemble & Neta Elkayam

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Thursday, December 13
10:30-12:00
*The Obvious and the Concealed in the Guide to the Perplexed: The Riddle of Part 2 Chapter 42
Prof. Shalom Rosenberg, Prof. Zev Harvey (remarks)

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12:00-13:30
** Philosophy as a Way of Life in   Maimonides
Dr. Carlos Fraenkel, Prof. Menachem Lorberbaum (remarks)

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13:30-16:00
Lunch break
16:00-18:00
Guided tour of the exhibition at the Israel Museum

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Booking a place in the tour ensures a place to drive from the library to the museum and return

18:30-20:00
*The Reception of Maimonides in Light of Illuminated Manuscripts of his Works
Prof. Sarit Shalev-Eyni, Prof. Tzvi Langermann (remarks)

Free entrance is subject to the availability of seats

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Main Event

20:30-22:00
** A Philosopher in the Islamic World: What did this Really Mean?
Prof. Sari Nusseibeh in conversation with Prof. Sarah Stroumsa Chair: Dr. Raquel Ukeles, The National Library of Israel
Musical accompaniment: Prof. Taiseer Elias and Rabbi David Menachem

Participation is free of charge; pre-registration on the National Library website is required

Session in Hebrew*

Session in English**

Directions

The National Library
The National Library Address
Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram
POB 39105 Jerusalem, Israel
Public Transportation:
Bus lines: 7, 7H, 9, 14, 35, 35H, 42, 66, 66H, 68.
Parking
Parking is available in the parking lot near the main entrance, to the right of campus security.
Accessibility
The main entrance of the campus is fully wheelchair accessible.
Those arriving from the lower library parking lot should enter the library via the lower level entrance (push the doorbell button).
In the campus
When entering from the main entrance of the campus, the Library is located at the other end of the lawn.
The Israel Museum
Information
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Museum Address
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
POB 71117
Jerusalem, 9171002
Public Transportation
Bus lines: 7, 9, 14, 35, 66
Direct from Tel Aviv, line 100 from Shapirim Junction Parking
Information and schedules - dial Kol Kav *8787
Parking
Parking for cars and bycles outside the Museum
GPS - Avraham Granot Street
WAZE - Israel Museum