As around the converted warehouse, a diverse group of national-religious and ultra-Orthodox Jews follow attentively. As they wend their way through the various exhibits from taxidermy animals to shelves of shofars, Slifkin maintains a steady discourse on the roles the biblical animals in his collection play in Jewish tradition.
Hidden in a dilapidated building in Beit Shemesh’s industrial zone blocks from the city’s gleaming new mall, the just opened Biblical Museum of Natural History represents years of work by a controversial thinker known popularly as the “Zoo Rabbi.”
“For many years, I have been teaching about animals in the Torah and leading tours of zoos, and this I found would be the best way to present the material, with the animals actually present,” Slifkin tells The Jerusalem Post. “You can see them in front of you, people can touch many of them. This is the way to give the most powerful experience.” Read full story here.