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Dear Visitors,

I write to you in what promises to be an exciting year at the Museum. On February 13, we opened Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey, our most ambitious archaeological exhibition ever and the world's first exhibition about King Herod and his achievements as an imperial builder, culminating with his own monumental tomb at Herodium. And Joan Miro's Spanish Dancer: Variations on a Theme, a "focus" exhibition showcasing two of our own masterpieces, illuminated by related works on loan from museums worldwide, also opens in February, joining a rich schedule of ongoing exhibitions on many other themes.

Our Israeli Art Season, a celebration of contemporary Israeli art, features three exhibitions - Nelly Agassi : Video Works ; Veronese Green: Joshua Borkovsky, Paintings, 1987-2012 ; and Great Wide Open: New and Old in the Collection - presenting Israeli art in a contemporary and historical context with important loans and works from all of the Museum's collections.

We wish you a happy Passover and thank you for your continuing friendship and support. We look forward to welcoming you to the Museum in the months ahead.

James S. Snyder
Anne and Jerome Fisher Director


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Fresco from the Royal Room in Herodium, Paint and plaster


Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey

The first exhibition entirely dedicated to Herod the Great, Israel's greatest builder and one of the most controversial figures in Jewish history. Large reconstructions and new finds from Herod's palaces in Herodium, Jericho, and other sites are on display. Exhibited to the public for the very first time, these artifacts shed new light on the political, architectural, and aesthetic influence of Herod's rule (37-4 BCE). Herod's tomb - discovered at Herodium after a 40-year search by the late Prof. Ehud Netzer of the Hebrew University - holds pride of place. The exhibition is held in memory of Prof. Netzer, who fell to his death in 2010 on the site of his discovery.
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  Gallery Talks: With exhibition curator Dudi Mevorah Tues March 5 | 7 pm | Wed March 13 | 11 am
Gallery Talks: With exhibition curator Silvia Rozenberg Tues March 5 | 7:30 pm | Wed March 13 | 11:30 am
Space is limited; Pre-registration at 02-6771302

  Joan Miró,
Spanish Dancer (Olée), 1924

Joan Miro's Spanish Dancer: Variations on a Theme

Flamenco's sensuous arm work, articulate hand gestures, and percussive steps inspired Joan Miro to produce numerous sketches, drawings, paintings, and collages of Spanish dancers over a period of sixty years, from 1921 to 1981. These witty and playful works are rendered in a variety of styles - from realism and cubism to surrealism and abstraction - exhibiting Miro's constant experimentation with form, medium, and technique.
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Gallery Talk: With exhibition curator Adina Kamien-Kazhdan Tues, March 12 | 7 pm

  Dmitri Baltermantz, 1912–1990, The Attack, 1942  

Double Take: The Tanenbaum and Willens Photography Collections

Two distinct collections addressing different periods in photography. The first, gifted by Howard and Carole Tanenbaum, Toronto, highlights Soviet photography, while the second, given by Howard P. Willens, Washington, DC, offers varied works by masters of 20th-century photography.
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Gallery Talk: With exhibition co-curator Judith Caplan Tues, March 19 | 7 pm » details

  View of the Nelly Agassi: Video Works exhibition   Nelly Agassi: Video Works
Artist Nelly Agassi uses her body as a platform on which she performs repetitive actions dealing with femininity, physical pain, and emotional experiences. From the beginning of her career in the mid-1990s, Agassi's video works have documented these actions with an immediacy that resonates with the art of the 1970s, which placed the body at the forefront.
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  Joseph Dadoune, Israeli, born in France 1975
Phoenix, 2010,
HD 2 channels, 25:25 min loop
Les Amis Français du Musee d'Israel a Jerusalem

Great Wide Open: New and Old in the Collection
Desert landscapes and seascapes are at the heart of this exhibition. Contemporary artworks, recently acquired by or gifted to the Museum, will be exhibited alongside a variety of works from the Museum's collections, including video art, drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography from the 19th century to the present.
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  Joshua Borkovsky, From the Kaaba (White) cycle, 2001, Tempera and gold leaf on gesso on wood, 120 X 80  

Veronese Green
Joshua Borkovsky: Paintings, 1987-2012

This comprehensive exhibition, featuring some 60 works painted by Joshua Borkovsky over the past 25 years, encapsulates a singular creative process. Three cycles of works from the past decade - Echo and Narcissus, Vera-Icon, and Apelles' Line - stand at its core, complemented by other artworks of the same period and from the 1980s. All together they yield an integral body of work, whose every unit resonates with the others, illuminating them.
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  Jan Sadeler, Flemish, 1550-1600 and Raphael Sadeler, Flemish, 1555 - 1628, After Martin de Vos, Flemish, 1532 - 1603, <em>St. Didymus the Hermit</em>, Engraving

By the Book: 500 Years of Readers and Reading in European Art

Highlighting paintings and prints portraying readers in their study or in a landscape, the exhibition examines the significance of reading in European art. Works by such renowned artists as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt, Salvator Rosa, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, and the ..
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  Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert, Seder plate, Silver and glass  

Forging Ahead: Wolpert and Gumbel, Israeli Silversmiths for the Modern Age
German-born silversmiths David Heinz Gumbel (1906-1992) and Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert (1900-1981) were among the first to adapt the modern style, characterized by clean, flowing, and functional forms, to the design of Jewish ceremonial objects. The exhibition illuminates the untold tale of these two visionary teachers and creators, who became pillars of modern Judaica.
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  Ram, Thraco-Macedonian region(?), Ca. 500 BCE, Stater   White Gold: Revealing the World's Earliest Coins
Until March 30

An exceptional display of the first coins ever minted, issued in western Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) from the 7th century BCE. Made of an alloy of gold and silver known as electrum or "white gold," these coins were exquisitely fashioned. All 500 coins in the exhibition, from two private collections, are presented to the public for the very first time.
» To the exhibition website
Egon Schiele, Cowering boy, maybe Paul Erdmann, 1915  

Anna's Vienna
Anna Ticho spent her youth in Vienna, where she studied art from 1908 to 1912. This exhibition presents the material culture of the period, including furniture and decorative housewares typical of the 19th century; paintings by Vienna Secession artists (Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele); and objects by Austrian designers Michael Thonet, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, and those associated with the Wiener Werkstatte.
At Ticho House; Note: The Ticho House will be closed to visitors from
March 25 - April 1.
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  Hinda Weiss, Games, Lambda print, 2006  

In conjunction with "Manofim: The Annual Exhibition Season": Re: Visiting Rockefeller

A fascinating juxtaposition of contemporary Israeli art with archaeological artifacts and unique exhibition spaces.
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  Frank Auerbach, Study for the Chimney Mornington Crescent, 1988   Frank Auerbach: Landscapes on Paper
Until March 4

Sixteen landscape paintings from the years 1975 to 1991 are on display in this sequel to the exhibition of portraits by the British artist Frank Auerbach. The works - most of which depict views of Camden Town, London, his place of residence - have recently been gifted to the Museum's Prints and Drawings collection.
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  Aya Ben Ron, Israeli, born 1967
Rescue, from A Voyage to Cythera, 2012, Collection of the artist  

Wall Work III - Aya Ben Ron, Rescue

Rescue consists of a sculpture suspended in mid-air and a video work. The sculpture - a portrait of the artist as a hospital nurse strapped onto a stretcher - hangs between heaven and earth, as in a rescue mission. A doctor and an emergency medical worker appear in the video work.Their act of humanitarian relief, on the one hand, and the steel sculpture of the
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  Jewish Women's dresses, 19th Century, Ioannina, Greece  

Jewish Women's Dresses from Ioannina

New in the collection! Greece, first half (?) of the 19th century. These rare dresses attest to the unique tradition of the community of Ioannina. The dresses, known to us for some 30 years, were passed down from generation to generation, and the Asseo family of Kibbutz Afiqim has now gifted them to the Museum.
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  Fragment of the Aleppo Code, From Exodus Chapter 8  

Rescued from Fire: A Rare Remnant of the Aleppo Codex

On the day of the Aleppo Pogrom, December 1, 1947, Shmuel Sabag collected a scrap of parchment from the pages of the codex. Placed in his wallet, it served as an amulet until his last day. In 2003 his family donated this precious fragment to the Ben-Zvi Institute, and it is now on display at the Museum in the Shrine of the Book.
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  Dolls in the Beaded Ceremonial Art of the Ndebele exhibition

Beaded Ceremonial Art of the Ndebele
The Museum's African Art collection has recently been enriched by a generous donation of beaded Ndebele art. This special display highlights ceremonial body ornaments and initiation dolls made by Ndebele women for use in rites of passage and as status symbols. The intricate beadwork features common motifs such as stylized flora, houses, telegraph poles, and electric light bulbs, reflecting the Ndebele woman's domestic concerns, her hopes for a good harvest, and her aspirations for an idealized home.
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All educational and cultural activities for the public taking place in the Museum are within the framework of:
The Sandra Rotman Cultural Program
. All programs are in
Hebrew unless otherwise indicated.

  Joshua Borkovsky, Mirror, 2011, Distemper on gesso on wood, 52 X 40   Cultural Tuesdays: Israeli Art Season Events

In conjunction with the exhibition Veronese Green: Joshua Borkovsky, Paintings, 1987-2012

On Poetry and Painting
An encounter with Prof. Ariel Hirschfeld of the Hebrew University, artist Joshua Borkovsky, and poet Israel Eliraz, on the occasion of the publication of his new book.
Tues March 5 | 8 pm | In the exhibition | No extra charge
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  Memento Mori papercut Germany or Poland, 19th century, Handwritten on paper; ink and watercolor, The Feuchtwanger Collection, purchased and donated by Baruch and Ruth Rappaport, Geneva

A Journey to Remembrance: From the Personal to the Collective
Symposium in collaboration with Beit Morasha of Jerusalem, marking a year since the passing of Sam Shechter
Guided tours of the Wing for Jewish Art and Life and of the exhibition Herod the Great, as well as discussions about questions of memory and identity, the individual and the public sphere. With Prof. Benjamin Ish-Shalom, Chairman; Prof. Daniel Sperber; Prof. Shalom Rosenberg
March 6 | Wed | 6:30 pm | Springer Auditorium | NIS 40 | Members NIS 30 | Pre-registration required at 02-6708960
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  H. E., Biography unknown
Sommer & Weniger, Vienna, ca. 1911
Printer: Albert Berger, Vienna
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Words of Poetry
In conjunction with the exhibition Anna's Vienna

The evening engages with the exhibition in a variety of ways, directing the gaze at the objects on display. With poets Nurit Zarchi, Elhanan Nir, Meitar Moran, and Nadav Halperin, accompanied by live music. Moderators: Itay Akirav and Amir Menasheof
March 13 | Wed | 8 pm | Ticho House | Free of charge
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Special and Private Events
For further details call, 02-670-8985

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Gallery Talks and Meet the Artist

March 5 | Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey | With exhibition curators Dudi Mevorah and Silvia Rozenberg | Tues 7 and 7:30 pm | Space is limited; pre-registration at 677-1302

March 12 | Joan Miro's Spanish Dancer | With exhibition curator Adina Kamien-Kazhdan | Tues 7 pm

March 13 | Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey | With exhibition curators Dudi Mevorah and Silvia Rozenberg | Wed 11 am and 11:30 am | Space is limited; pre-registration at 677-1302

March 19 | Double Take: The Tanenbaum and Willens Photography Collections | With exhibition co-curator Judith Caplan | Tues 7 pm

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A large selection of activities, guided tours, workshops, lectures, and theatrical tours adapted to various groups

To arrange tours in Hebrew, Arabic, English, French, German, Russian, or Spanish, call Emilia at 670-8884
»further details

Resuming in the Spring! Guided Tour of Bergman House» emilia@imj.org.il

Group Tours for Schools and Other Educational Institutions:
Good for the Body, Good for the Soul - Healthy lifestyle workshop
From Kindergarten to Grade 12 - A variety of themes in the galleries
Tours for Art Majors
For details, call Nava Shema at 670-8805, 677-1305, » navas@imj.org.il

Tours for Special Education Groups
For details, call Timnah Shahar at 677-1379, » timnahshs@imj.org.il

Tours for Private Groups: A wide selection of programs to enrich a private event, including an overview of the Museum's treasures; thematic tours focusing on archaeology, the Bible, fine art, Jewish art and life, 100 years of Israeli art, or love; and guided tours of temporary exhibitions and special exhibits

Tailor-Made Tours: Design a tour especially suited to your needs, together with one of our professional guides

Culture for Seniors: Enjoy a fun day at the Museum, including a guided tour, show, and coffee break.
For details, call Emilia Vid at 670-8884, » emilia@imj.org.il

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All educational and cultural activities for the public taking place in the Museum are within the framework of:
The Sandra Rotman Cultural Program
. All programs are in
Hebrew unless otherwise indicated.

  Passover at the Museum  

Passover at the Museum
Special Passover Hours>>>

Passover Day Camp This year's camp examines the significance of order in archaeology, art, the Jewish holidays, and in each child's personal life, with a day devoted to making a perfect mess!!

Grades 1-5 |
March 17-21 | 8:30 am - 1:30 pm | To register, call 02-670-1302

  Go Know  

Go Know March 17-19

In conjunction with Jerusalem Science Week: Special activities for the whole family in the Sandbox exhibition

  Recycling Workshop: Creative activity in small sandboxes | Daily 10 am - 3 pm | NIS 15
Meet artists/curators of the Sandbox exhibition | For all ages | Daily 1:30 pm | Free
Casting workshop with artist:
Only Tues March 19 | 2-4:30 pm | NIS 10
» To the Jerusalem Science Week program
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  March 17-19Seder Story Illuminated Haggadahs, a story in reverse, and more, with Library staff » details

March 22 Israeli Dance Festival Fourteen dance troupes demonstrating the beauty, joy, and vitality of Israeli folkdance in a performance integrating original choreographies, varied music, and colorful costumes. » details

March 21-22; 27-29; April 2 Moses in the Basket Only here do the wise, the simple, Moses, and a frog come together in a single box! » details

March 27-28 Secrets and Lies in Herod's Palace Figures from the past guide the public through the exhibtion Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey » details

March 28 The Life and Times of King Herod Join Makom Theatre on a fascinating journey through the life of one of Jewish history's most controversial figures. » details

March 27-28 Stories of Elijah the Prophet With actress Anat Geiger Shabbtai and her special puppets » details

  Hadas Ilani, Thread and needle, 2012, Pine needles and thread  

Sandbox: A Joint Project with the Bezalel Industrial Design Department
Until April 1
The exhibition presents selected works by industrial design students from Bezalel, produced as part of a project that began with seminars and visits to the Israel Museum, continued at the Dead Sea, and concluded in the Museum's Youth Wing.
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Gallery Talk: With exhibition curator Adina Kamien-Kazhdan Tues, March 12 | 7 pm

  Eva Itzkowitz, Illustration   Days of Innocence: Illustrator Eva Itzkowitz and the Ofer Library

Original illustrations to beloved children's books, including Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el's Hanna's Sabbath Dress, all produced by the same anonymous artist, are on display in this exhibition, revealing the unknown illustrator's identity for the first time.
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  Mondays in the Illustration Library: March 4, 11

Big Art for Little Artists
In this series of meetings with Michal Kerer, storytelling inspires children to create their own works of art.

Big Art for Bigger Artists
For slightly older children, who are either new or continuing in the program

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  Finger puppets from the Youth Wing Recycling Workshop  

New! Triple Tuesday Every Week!
Three activities in a single ticket: in the Recycling Workshop (4-7 pm), the Illustration Library (5 pm), and a surprise elsewhere on the Museum campus

March 5 I've Got Ten Fingers Making finger puppets | Surprise! | Dance-story with dancer Alit Etrog Heiman
March 12 Who Knows One? Three games in a box | From one to ten in the Israel Museum | Numbers in motion with dancer Dalit Issachar
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Recycling Workshop

Where Ecology Meets Art Come experiment with a variety of materials collected from factories, in this enriching and challenging environment. The theme changes weekly (» see Triple Tuesday).
Tues 4 - 7 pm; 3-9 pm | NIS 15 | For details, call 670-8963 (Telma Schultz)
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Archaeological Tell

Children and their parents are invited to learn about the various stages of an archaeological dig.
Open during regular Museum hours. (Workbook at no extra charge)
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Birthdays at the Museum

Celebrate your child's birthday at the Museum on weekday afternoons. You provide the refreshments, we take care of all the rest!

Birthday in the Good Night Exhibition | Ages 5 - 9 | 5-7 pm | Games, giggles, and scares - and a surprise at the end.

New! Pajama party in the Good Night Exhibition | Ages 8 - 12 | 8-10 pm | Games, workshops, nightly tours, and more

Also suitable for class parties; For reservations, call Mimi at 02-677-1302

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  Herodium, 15 March 2005, © Asaf T.  

Tour of Herodium

In conjunction with the exhibition Herod the Great:

March 8 9:15 am Meet in the Entrance Pavilion |10 am Guided tour of the exhibition
11:30 am – 1:15 pm Guided tour of Herodium
(for avid walkers; organized transportation) | NIS 85 | Space is limited; For registration, call 670-8855


Neighboring Sounds

The Museum hosts a concert series performed by outstanding students from the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

March 15 From Guitar and Harp Strings to the Strings of the Piano - Works by Bach, Cimarosa, Bartok, and Brahms | Fri | 12 noon | Free of charge | Space is limited
   Itzhak Danziger, Nimrod,
Nubian sandstone  
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Honor your friends with a contribution to the Israel Museum. A personalized certificate acknowledging your donation towards educational and youth activities at the Museum will be issued by the office of Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum: 02-670-8815, 677-1344
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  The Museum Shop  

Museum Shop

Special Passover sale March 10-31
Special Birds' Heads Haggadah, second item for IS 1 only
Complimentary hot drink at Cafe Mansfeld with every purchase over NIS 300
shop@imj.org.il » Shop online

  Google Art Project  

Google Art Project

The Israel Museum welcomes you to the Google Art Project, making its galleries and hundreds of highlights from its permanent collection accessible online to audiences around the world. Developed in partnership with Google, the project features 520 of the most important objects in the Israel Museum's expansive collections, with high resolution images that allow viewers to examine works in exceptional detail, together with background information on objects and artists. Visitors may also explore the Museum's campus and permanent galleries virtually, using Google's Street View technology
» to the Google Art Project

  DSS Scrolls Digital Project  

Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project

The Israel Museum welcomes you to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, allowing users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history.

» to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project

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   The Shrine of the Book
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James Turrell, The Space that sees 1999, in the Billy Rose Art Garden
» The Billy Rose Art Garden
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View of The Inner Courtyard of the  Rockefeller Museum
» Rockefeller Museum
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Wheelchairs and lockers are available at the Entrance Pavilion. Coat check and folding chairs are available at the end of the Route of Passage, near the elevators. Please inquire at the Information Desk.

The Israel Museum and Shrine of the Book are open:
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 am - 5 pm
Tues 4-9 pm | Fri 10 am - 2 pm
Sat 10 am - 5 pm


The Museum keeps its doors open with the help of its Guardian friends:
The Beker Foundation
March 3-9
Gallery Talks courtesy of the Morton L. and Barbara Mandel Fund

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of those who contribute to its exhibitions:

Herod the Great The William Davidson Foundation, Detroit; Bank Hapoalim, Tel Aviv; The Leon Levy Foundation, New York; The David Berg Foundation, New York; Sarah and Avie Arenson, Caesarea; Jacqueline Simkin, Miami, in honor of Sarah and Avie Arenson's 50th wedding anniversary; Karyn and Mel Lazareck, Canada, in honor of Sarah and Avie Arenson's 50th wedding anniversary; David and Jeannie Hendin, New York, in memory of Ehud Netzer
Forging Ahead Michael Jesselson, New York Donors to the 2012 Exhibition Fund*
Anna's Vienna
Ticho House Fund
Nelly Agassi; Great Wide Open; Veronese Green; By the Book
Donors to the Israel Museum's 2011-2012 Exhibition Funds:*
White Gold The Thomas S. Kaplan Collection, courtesy of the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation; The Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
*Donors to the Israel Museum's 2011-2012 Exhibition Funds: Claudia Davidoff, Cambridge, MA, in memory of Ruth and Leon Davidoff, Hanno D. Mott, New York, The Nash Family Foundation, New York; Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild Foundation in Israel

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