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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Visit to the Living Torah Museum

All of the junior classes recently visited the fascinating and funky Living Torah museum. The museum has an amazing variety of artifacts from the ancient period and because the museum has a hands-on policy, students were able to touch, feel, and even try on items that were thousands of years old.

Students enjoyed handling ancient coins and Roman weaponry, trying on magnificent jewelry worn by Egyptian queens, and demonstrating their strength (or lack thereof!) in a contest involving a large stone used in ancient battles. Some of the outstanding artifacts we saw included the world's oldest menorah and a Samaritan tablet with the Ten Commandments inscribed on it.

The visit to the museum really made ancient Jewish history come alive in a way that no textbook can. It also demonstrated the significance of archaeology in helping us better understand the ancient world.