Maimonides was an enlightened Rabbi, philosopher and
physician, whose writings are revered by the Christian, Jewish and Muslim
religions. He died 800 years ago, but his writings and message of
reconciliation, born of understanding the similarities of the three faiths, must
be realized. He wrote in both Hebrew and Arabic and his manuscripts highlight
the convergence of these faiths. Some of these writings have been housed in the
Vatican Library. Many of these important historical and theological works
have never been available for public viewing before this project.
For Phase one, September 2002, Pave the Way
Foundation requested and was granted permission to bring Jewish scholars to view
the original manuscripts of Maimonides to the Vatican Library. The Library was
especially opened for this occasion by Fr. Raffaele Farina SBD, Prefect of the
Library and H.Em. Jorge Cardinal Mejia, Vatican Librarian and Archivist.
This was a great and historic event please watch the Video below
describing the unique provendial events that occurred that day.
For Phase two, Pave the Way initiated the
Vatican loan of Maimonides works, along with other rare Hebrew manuscripts, for
exhibit in Jerusalem, at the Israel Museum's 40th anniversary, September 27,
2005. This historic commemoration was the first time in history that these
manuscripts were on Israeli soil.
Opening of the Israel Museum Exhibit with the two Chief
Rabbis of Israel, the Director and curators of the Israel Museum, the
Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and the Prefect of the Vatican
Phase three, Pave the Way has arranged for a
the digitization of the Vatican Library manuscript collection. This is extremely
significant since it will "pave the way" to one day opening this, one of the
largest collections in the world, to worldwide learning.
Phase four will be dedicated to reproducing
these rare manuscripts, in concert with the Vatican Library, so that the
every day person, libraries and schools may one day access these treasures. PTWF has also instituted
the digitization project to preserve the manuscripts of the Franciscan Custody
in the Holy Land. Through PTWF, There are now over 8000 images of manuscripts
that were preserved for ever. Copies of these priceless images will be preserved
at the Vatican Library, the Franciscan Custody in Israel and in Washington DC.
The George S. Blumenthal Foundation, which donated these services through PTWF,
will be creating a website for the Franciscan Custody where these manuscripts
can be viewed on line for world wide learning.