Age of Empires

The perfect tour for the summer and the Three Weeks.

Join us at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as we go through the last chapters of II-Melachim, select passages in Yeshayahu and Yirmiyahu and more.

See the artifacts from the time and understand their historic context. Understand the dilemmas of the last kings of Israel and Judah and the impact of their choices, as they faced the mighty Assyrian Empire, allied with Egypt, and ultimately went into exile in Babylon.

Disclaimer: The name “Age of Empires” has nothing to do with the Exhibition in the Met about with the same name, or the computer game. It refers to the Assyrian and Babylonian empires, and the name has been used before the exhibition began.

This approximately two-hour tour is limited to 25-30 participants at a time. It is also available privately, and for families.

To join a tour, or arrange one for your community and family, contact me at


Tanach Study Group from Brooklyn, by the Lions of Babylon (December 2016)

Nachliel put together an interactive and informative program in the MET. It was a great experience to see firsthand some of the artifacts that our biblical ancestors saw, as presented to us in the Tanach. It was especially moving to stand under the Ishtar Gate, the same gate our ancestors entered through as they were exiled from Jerusalem to Babel during first temple period, circa 586 BC.

Jesse Salem, Founder of Tanach Study, Brooklyn, NY 
Principal at Sam Salem & Son


We recently joined Nachliel Selavan on a visit to the Walters Museum in Baltimore, MD. In the limited time that we had, Nachliel gave us tremendous insight into the various artifacts that we were looking at and explained how to interpret them based on the time periods. Through looking at the objects on display he was able to contextualize the time period and relate it to so much of the Bible and other historical references. His thorough knowledge of Jewish history as well as his clear and concise descriptions would be a tremendous asset to anyone, young and old, history expert or novice, who is fortunate to have him as a tour guide.

Moshe Wealcatch, Educator, Baltimore, MD

Nachliel’s knowledge, energy and understanding of the art was thorough, colorful and rich. Through an intimate knowledge of history as well, he was able to vibrantly relate manifestations of ancient history to modern cultural events. A history lesson through art would have been satisfying enough, but Nachliel’s added touch of historical events as they relate to modern culture, and his willingness to respond to many questions, often tangential, brought the tour to unexpected heights

Ezra and Deborah Safdieh, Brooklyn, NY


I was born and have lived my whole life in Brooklyn. I’ve been to the Brooklyn Museum many times, but after taking a tour with Rav Nachliel I feel as though I’ve seen it for the first time. His wealth of information and story telling skills bring to life an otherwise routine walk through the Assyrian and Egyptian exhibits. I felt as though I was walking through the centuries with our forefathers as Rav Nachliel would correlate the pieces in the exhibit to familiar dates and events in the history of Bnei Yisrael, as well as explain the meaning behind countless inscriptions and sculptures. He brings years of hard work and research right to your fingertips. I highly recommend taking a tour, few people around have the expertise to bring history to life in such a way.

Dr. Charles Manopla MD, Brooklyn, NY
I went with Nachliel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on several occasions. Nachliel is enthusiastic about Torah and archaeology, explaining Tanach and teachings of Chazal in a very engaging manner, passionately bringing Torah to life through the history and the archaeology that we explored together.Indeed, I too look forward to join him on future programs…
Dr. Nisan Hershkowitz, Brooklyn, NY
A president of the New York State Academy of General Dentistry