Dr. Filip Vukosavovic, Chief Curator of the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, spoke with Arutz Sheva about a new exhibit just opened at the museum which displays ancient relics from the Babylonian exile, roughly 2,600 years ago.
The exhibit, "By the Rivers of Babylon," is being opened with meaningful timing, as Tuesday marked the Tenth of Tevet fast day when the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem began 2,604 years ago.
Vukosavovic noted that a year-and-a-half later, the Babylonians broke through the walls and destroyed Jerusalem and the Holy Temple, and exiled the Jews to Babylon in a move that "shaped and determined the rest of the history to this very day for the people of Israel."
The exhibit covers all facets of Jewish life in the exile, displaying vessels, texts, weapons and other items from the period.
The curator noted that among the visitors to the exhibit are Jews whose families only recently returned from exile in Iraq - modern-day Babylonia - to Israel, and he remarked that many cried at the exhibit because it directly tell their family's story from thousands of years ago.
Vukosavovic concluded by pointing out the great impact on the Jewish people from the influence of the exile, and invited the public to check out the exhibit for themselves.