Bringing Tanach and Jewish History to Life, in the Classroom and in the Museum: Fostering a deeper connection to Torah through media, archaeology, museums, art and more.
Torah Intermedia LLC is about fostering a deeper connection to Torah through media, archaeology, museums, art and more.
Nachliel haCohen Selavan
Director, Torah InterMedia LLC
Through the end of August, I will be giving the “Age of Empires” tour, which is specific to the Three Weeks and the destruction of the First Temple. Read more about this tour here.
More tours will be running all year round, including this, and other tours. Other tours will include: Chanukah, Hellenism and the Greeks; Pre-Pesach Ancient Egypt; Rome and the Great Revolt; Bereshit/Shemot overview of Ancient Near East / Idolatry in the ANE and Greco-Roman world.
Private tours in other museums are also available at different times, including the following museums: Atlanta – Michael J. Carlos Museum, Baltimore – Walters Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Toronto – Royal Ontario Museum. In the future: Penn Museum and Chicago Oriental Institute.
- Bat/Bar Mitzvah Tours
- Confirmation Tours
- Family Tours
- Tanach Map Orientation
- Lectures and activities for the Jewish Year (Rosh Hashana, Chanukah, 10th of Tevet and the Four Fast Days, Purim, Sefirat haOmer, Haggadah Structure, Shavuot)
Highlights from Summer Tours:
Thank you Nachliel providing us all a great understanding of the Assyrian and Babylonian empires and their connection to Tanach!
We so enjoyed having Nachliel as our guide at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Our group had been studying rabbinic materials about idolatry and Nachliel helped bring those issues to life through the Met’s collections. His comfort both with the ancient and classic sculpture we looked at as well as his fluency in Bible and rabbinic literature were terrific!
“Fascinating…Truly eye opening into the world we only hear about. The connection of Ancient Artifacts and the Tanach is explained and put into perspective, especially in this troubled time. This tour only reinforces our Historical connection to the Holy Land of Israel”
Jeff and Chery Klein from Monsey, NY. Participated July 23
This your is a great way to be introduced to the history of the Ancient Near East! It’s very comprehensive and spans a pretty good range of time. I also loved that it was grounded (corroborated) by passages of Tanakh. I loved seeing the intersection between the written record of history and Torah! Personally, I would have loved to spend more time on the text itself, but it’s hard to do it all in under two hours. I recommend this for anyone who’s interested in the A.N.E.!
Malka Rappaport from Crown Heights, NY. Participated Wednesday, July 12
Powerful presentation of the era of kings – Regional Kingdoms and Empires…the separation of Israel and Judea and eventual destruction of Jerusalem and the beginning of the Babylonian diaspora. Nachliel is a passionate guide and very informed and well traveled in order to present his material.
Notes were very well researched and presented. This tour was made even more powerful during the period of the three weeks between Tammuz and Tisha b’Av.
Aliyana Wasserman, Rosanne Koenigson from Edison, NJ. Participated Sunday, July 16
In the Assyrian gallery waiting room of Ashurnasirpal II, we met a large group of teenage girls holding up a strange flag. This flag had the picture of the god Aššur, patron god of the city of Aššur and of the Assyrian Empire.
The girls told us that they are “Assyrian” (=northern Iraq), and the flag is the flag of Assyria, including the two rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates. We could not resist taking a picture with the flag!
Nachliel does an incredible job bringing black and white text with all of the intricate details to form a clear picture of Jewish history. For all the names, cities, and time periods that are mentioned throughout Tanach, Nachliel organizes them in a clear way that allows any tour-goer to follow along and really understand a snapshot of the historical time period being discussed. I learned a lot from my visit to the MET with Nachliel and now have a new outlook on historical passages found in Tanach. Additionally, I was a big fan of Nachliel’s knowledge, Hebrew-English translations, humor, wit, and incredible fashion sense.
The tour at the MET with Nachliel is most definitely recommendable. It was specifically rewarding to go on a historical tour with my own rich Jewish history coloring the backdrop. Nachliel was a superb tour guide who was obviously passionate and extremely well versed in his material. He gave historical context and depth to the Navi by discussing the politics of the time period and how that related to the kings and prophets written about in the Navi. It was especially remarkable when he pointed out an idol that the Navi refers to as the Baal as well as Avodah Zara dated to the time of Avraham Avinu. Thank you Nachliel for a great tour!
I’ve lived in New York City my entire life and have been through the Metropolitan Museum of Art Assyrian, Babylonian and Egyptian wings many times. Nachliel made me feel like I was touring these wings for the first time. Nachliel’s energy, knowledge and love for his subject enabled me to see all the artifacts from an entirely new and welcome perspective. For me, the climax was at the end when Nachliel showed an piece of ash that was excavated from under his house, dating from the destruction of the Second Temple.
Nachliel is exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate about his twin loves – Torah and Archeology. He showed us the importance of contextualizing Melachim Bet and Yirmiyahu in its Ancient Near Eastern setting. He really knows his subject matter backwards and forwards. His drive for the material made it interesting and engaging to hear him speak. Additionally, he was quite prepared with source sheet and kids scavenger hunt worksheets…We moved at a rapid-fire pace…