Who is carrying the Menorah?

Talk by Steven Fine on Jewish Counter-Histories of the Arch of Titus Spoils Panel (audio recording available)

In his lecture Who is Carrying the Menorah? Jewish Counter-Histories of the Arch of Titus Spoil's Panel, Steven Fine explores a controversial Jewish interpretation of the Arch of Titus illustrations.

The arch depicts the triumphal procession of the Romans with spoils from the Jerusalem temple. The scene was later reinterpreted from a Jewish perspective as Jews carrying their sacred objects to exile.

recording available

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green


Old Building, level 2, Great Hall
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Fine illustrates that this controversial counter-narrative still affects identity politics in Israel today.

Steven Fine

Steven Fine is professor at Yeshiva University in New York, director of the YU Center for Israel Studies and of the Arch of Titus Project. From spring 2018, he will teach as Frerich's Annual Professor at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem.

This event is organized by the Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Museum Berlin as part of the lecture series Bildnis machen. Judentum und Kunst (Making an image. Judaism and Art)

Arch of Titus

More on Wikipedia

Damaged relief: a group of men carrying a Hanukkah candelabrum on their shoulders.

Audio recording of the talk Who is carrying the Menorah?, 8 February 2018; Jewish Museum Berlin 2018
Photo: Cast of the original Titus relief in Rome (81-96 CE)

Where, when, what?

  • When8 Feb 2018
  • Where Altbau 2. OG, Großer Saal
    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
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