During Pesach ( Passover) we made the most of the generosity of Bank Hapoalim, who sponsored free entry to many museums and National Parks, for everyone, during the week long festival, .
We hadn’t visited the Bible Lands Museum for a long time so we headed there first.
The emphasis inside at this time of year was, not surprisingly, ancient Egypt. Many people think that the Jewish slaves built the pyramids but the view below of the three largre pyramids which still remain today, were also seen by Jacob and his sons when they went down to Egypt originally as free and honored men, thousands of years ago .
The pyramids were built, many years before the Jewish people’s arrival ,as tombs for the Pharos (kings) by the Egyptians.
The current pride of the museum is a new exhibition by the Spanish sculptor Manel Alvarez entitled INSPIRED.
All his sculptures that are on display were inspired by episodes from the Bible.
I honestly admit that I don’t always understand or appreciate modern art but some of these pieces were beautiful and clear even to me – whereas others remain a mystery.
The sculpture of Tower of Babel – reputed to be the tallest sculpture in the world at 10.5 meters high, stands outside the museum.
The children are always well catered for in museums in Israel with plenty of art and craft workshops based on topical themes, connected to the time of year and the cur
There are several other exhibitions in the museum at the moment including ‘Angels and Demons – Jewish Magic through the Ages’ which may well surprise those of you who thought that magic was forbidden in Judaism.
Take a few hours off and visit the museum – there’s plenty to enjoy there.