Unknown, Elijah ben Meshallum, Menorah, 1296, Tempera colors, gold, and ink. Ms. 116, fol. 226v Acquired with the generous support of Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder

People of the Book


Harold M. Williams Auditorium

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Learn about and discuss the Rothschild Pentateuch, a recent addition to the Getty Museum's collection. This elaborately illuminated manuscript containing the first five books of the Hebrew Bible was created in France and/or Germany in 1296 and traveled to Italy, Poland, and New York over the centuries before landing permanently at the Getty. Sharon Mintz, curator of Jewish Art at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, describes the book and its fascinating history. Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple joins Mintz for a discussion of the enduring significance of this extraordinary manuscript.

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