Friday, December 20, 2013

Jewiness Of Israel? Or Chewiness?

ערב שבת קודש פר' שמות תשע"ד

Life In Israel: The Jewyness of Israel
I was in the airport yesterday and saw a pleasantly surprising display in the arrivals lounge..

"Model of the Second Temple complex presented by the Shrine of the Book, also exhibited there Judean Desert Scrolls and ancient handwritten pieces from the Bible - Come see it at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem"
(Photo Credit: Life In Israel)

that's right. a model of the Second Temple, in the airport arrivals lounge. And it was not put these by Chabad, Aish, Temple Institute or some other Jewish organization. It was put there by the Israel Museum. It's a Jewish country, even in the most secular parts of it, the moment you step into it.

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
Well, I would like to agree with Life In Israel here. However, I would have to say that Israel is more chewy than Jewy. In other words, it is mutable like a chameleon, just like when we had to act as chameleons much of our time in Galuth (exile).

I am not at all surprised that this display was set up by the Israel Museum, which, by the way is open on Shabbath, albeit with free admission.

The caption says it all. Come look at those things from the PAST, those things which will stay in the PAST.

Fortunately, my experience is that when anyone tries to remove the qedushah (Holiness) from Holy things, it backfires on them.

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