The Biblical Museum of Natural History, located in Beit Shemesh, Israel, is a unique institution that is part zoo, part natural history museum, and part Torah education center. It showcases the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects of Scripture, as well as related zoological topics from the Talmud. The large species are exhibited as taxidermy specimens, while live exhibits are maintained for smaller species, and there are also a large number of biological artifacts of religious significance. Visits are conducted via guided tours, which include hands-on experiences! Through the exciting and interactive tour, visitors learn the identities and symbolism of the animals of Scripture, lessons in Jewish values, law and history, and the natural history of Biblical Israel.
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The first volume of The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom is now available to order! Written by the museum’s director Rabbi Slifkin, The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom presents every reference to animals in Scripture, Talmud and Midrash, along with extensive discussion and insights from modern zoology. Lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs, it is an essential addition to every home and library.