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Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912–2012

Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912–2012

A century ago, New York philanthropist Jacob H. Schiff purchased an initial collection of nearly 10,000 Hebrew books and pamphlets from bibliophile and book dealer Ephraim Deinard for the Library of Congress. This gift formed the nucleus of what is today one of the world’s greatest collections of Hebraic materials, comprising some 200,000 items. This exhibition features more than 60 items dating from the 7th century through the present.

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Image credit: The Washington Haggadah. Germany, 1478. From the collections of the Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress.

Selected Exhibits and Collections