A hand-drawn representation of the Temple menorah from a book containing annotations by the renowned Jewish sage Maimonides will be on display as part of an upcoming exhibition, according to the Yeshiva University Museum (Rambam).
From May 9 until December, there will be an exhibition titled “The Golden Path: Maimonides Across Eight Centuries” at the New York City museum on December 31, 2023.
A Rambam’s Mishneh Torah that Maimonides allegedly personally signed will also be included.
A copy of Rambam’s “Commentary on the Mishnah” from the 12th century contains a drawing of the Temple menorah as well as his handwritten annotations in the margins.
Seven straight, as opposed to curved, branches can be seen on the menorah depicted in the Temple.
It’s possible that Maimonides himself drew this distinctive representation of the holy gold candelabra.
Rare treasures on loan from the National Library of Israel, the British Library, the Royal Danish Library, the Mantua State Archive of the Italian Ministry of Culture, and the Bodleian Library in Oxford will also be displayed.
According to Gabriel Goldstein, director and lead curator of the Yeshiva University Museum, “the relationships with worldwide collections are unparalleled, and the show stands to be one of the most stunning collections of Maimonides items ever to be displayed together.”