Controversial thinker “Zoo Rabbi” opens Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh
Rabbi Natan Slifkin, also popularly known as the “Zoo Rabbi,” has opened the Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh. A converted warehouse in the city’s industrial zone harbors the museum, a project Rabbi Slifkin has been working on for years. The museum aims to provide a scientific panorama of the animals of the Torah, showcasing a mix of taxidermy and skeleton exhibits, as well as live animals. Rabbi Slifkin is a controversial figure for his efforts to blend biblical interpretation with modern science, particularly the creation narrative and the theory of evolution. Although the museum is currently open to certain tour groups, its official opening will take place in several weeks.