National Library receives rare books from Rivlin, PM

In a role reversal, President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who are accustomed to receiving symbolic gifts at public ceremonies – both donated rare books on Tuesday at the cornerstone-laying for the National Library, being built in Jerusalem opposite the Knesset and Israel Museum.

Both men are the sons of professors, and both gifted a literary treasure that had belonged to his father. Rivlin presented a Farsi manuscript of poems and liturgical texts by biblical commentator and kabbalist Rabbi Israel Ben Moshe Najara. Netanyahu gifted his father Benzion Netanyahu’s archive on the Jews of Spain and conversos.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/National-Library-receives-rare-books-from-Rivlin-PM-450350

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