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Letters of Light

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

Anchored in ancient Jewish mystical text and drawing inspiration from alphabetic traditions of other cultures, “Letters of Light” by renowned artist Micha Ullman is now taking shape in the southern portion of the new National Library of Israel campus in Jerusalem. It stands at a prominent crossroads between the Israel Museum and the Knesset.

The ground-breaking work is largely inspired by Sefer Yetzira (Book of Creation), an ancient Jewish text maintaining that the universe was created through the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. What is Sefer Yetzira and how can it and other ancient, mystical texts be reflected in modern art?

Yigal Zalmona will be in conversation in conversation with Rachel Elior. Moderated by Caron Sethill.

8 pm Israel Time/ 1 pm EST
Part of Jewish Book Week 2022

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Professor Rachel Elior

Prof. Rachel Elior is John and Golda Cohen Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Jewish Mystical Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of numerous works on Jewish mysticism and Hasidism. The recipient of many honours, she was awarded the 2006 Gershom Scholem Prize for the Study of Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
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Yigal Zalmona

Yigal Zalmona is an Israeli curator, art critic and historian. He was the Chief Curator-at-Large of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem until his retirement in 2012. Yigal has published numerous works in Hebrew and English on Israeli art and art history. He currently serves as adviser on matters of art and exhibitions for the new National Library of Israel in Jerusalem.
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The National Library of Israel (NLI)

The National Library of Israel serves as the dynamic institution of collective memory for the Jewish people worldwide and Israelis of all backgrounds and faiths – past, present and future. Through its world-class collections and a range of innovative digital, educational and cultural initiatives, the National Library works to share the stories of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, the Land of Israel and its region.
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