BY VARDAH LITTMAN
When we are zocheh to see a new Jewish couple set up a home, we are witnessing an open miracle. The nes of the survival of the Jewish people is above the laws of nature. The eternity of the Am Hashem has no natural explanation. Our continued existence and endurance is due solely to the protection of the Alm-ghty.
No exhibit is needed to observe the eternity of the Jewish People; the best way to see it is by observing them follow the Torah, despite all we have endured throughout the galuyos. Nevertheless, many need an art exhibit to attract them to this truth. It is close to the eternal Kosel that there is an exhibit, called “The Chain of Generations Center” that portrays the eternalness of our nation.
The exhibition, which uses the medium of glass, is found in the subterranean chambers of a Crusader castle adjacent to the western walls. Here, 3,823 years of history is represented in 150 tons of glass, showing
Why the artist Jeremy Langford used glass to represent the about 190 generations of Jews that have been, is up for conjecture. Maybe it is because glass is made out of sand. Hashem promised Avraham Avinu that his children would be
as numerous as grains of sand. Bilam also asked, “Who can count the dust of Yaakov?” So, we see that sand represents Am Israel. But it is deeper than that. Glass is made by putting the sand into an extremely hot furnace. The heated furnace of all that our nation has endured throughout the ages has created who we are today.
There are several rooms at the center, each depicting a different period in the chain of generations of the Jewish people, beginning with the Avos and the Shevatim. Impressive works of art are seen in each room, created from layers of glass illuminated by rays of light that shine forth through the darkened rooms.
Reservations to visit The Chain of Generations Center can be made by telephone (02) 627-1333 or *5958.
Entrance fee: NIS 25 for adults and NIS 15 for children.
Published in the Hamodia 4 August 2011