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Rare book exhibit draws crowds in Jerusalem

The "Maimonides: A Legacy in Script” exhibit, a collection of rare manuscripts by a renowned Jewish scholar, is drawing unusually large crowds of Orthodox Jews to Jerusalem’s Israel Museum.

An exhibit showcasing rare illuminated manuscripts by one of the world's most renowned Jewish scholars is drawing uncharacteristic crowds of Orthodox Jews to Jerusalem’s Israel Museum.

Since opening Dec. 11, the “Maimonides: A Legacy in Script” exhibit has boosted visitation to the museum’s Jewish Art and Life wing by 60%, Miki Joelson, associate curator of the exhibition and assistant to the chief curator of the wing, told Al-Monitor. A large portion of those visiting the exhibit are Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews who don’t ordinarily patronize the museum, she said.

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