Throughout history, the natural world has filled people with awe and wonder. While today’s world frequently places barriers between us and nature, for our predecessors in Biblical times the encounter with nature was very real and direct, an integral part of everyday life. The narratives of the Torah reflect that reality and abound with references to the animal kingdom as well as other features of the natural world.
By experiencing what these verses refer to, first-hand and in the flesh, not only do we open up a window to life in Biblical times, but we are also able to unlock much of the beauty, meaning and symbolism embedded within Scripture, Midrash and Talmud. We also gain a deeper appreciation for the land of Israel, whose flora, fauna and landscapes served as the inspirational backdrop for so much of the Biblical narrative.
The Biblical Museum of Natural History takes you beyond the text, beyond the classroom, offering an interactive, hands-on experience of the natural world of the Bible, in order to make the Biblical texts and Torah tradition come alive. The Museum collection, which includes both live and non-live (taxidermy) exhibits, explained in colorful detail via our personal guided tours, provides an educational encounter that is designed to inspire and educate visitors young and old.
How can I make the Torah come alive for my students?”
“Educators of all sectors of the Jewish people struggle with this question. Our sacred texts no longer speak to all those whom we strive to teach. The world we live in is very different from the world of nature which was the context of much of the Bible and Talmud. The Biblical Museum of Natural History is designed to respond to this question. It allows students of Torah, of all ages and of all backgrounds, to learn about the context of our Torah. Through the creative use of modern techniques and exciting modalities, it makes the Torah come alive.”
– Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President, Emeritus, Orthodox Union,
and Board Member, The Biblical Museum of Natural History
The Biblical Museum of Natural History is currently housed in a rental facility. Our goal is to construct our own facility, which will house a larger range of exhibits. It will serve as a premier educational attraction in the central area of Israel. If you would like to be involved in this project, please be in touch.