Israel For thousands of years, people gravitate toward the Land of Israel.What is this connection to the land?Why does it pull people so strongly?Do you feel pulled to the land?
The Land of Israel is...• Am Yisrael / - עם ישראלThe place for the Jewish people.• Torah / - תורהThe land of the Torah.• Eretz / - ארץThe land of the Jewish people.• Medinah / - מדינהThe Jewish state. What is/are YOUR lens(es)?
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Artistic Expression Throughout time people havesought to leave their mark as a way of making a deep connection to the land, thepeople, and the state. Artistic expression is one way to connect more deeply to an experience.People turn to the ARTS to express and to connect.
Let’s take a look at some art found around Israel...THINK ABOUT IT...• In what ways can you leave a mark? What do you see?• What voice do you think is behind the work?• What message do you think is being conveyed? ART
THINK ABOUT...“This sculpture sits on the axis connectingmultiple galleries of art. In essence, like the museum, it symbolizes the link between the past and the future.” - Jeremy LeighJewish History and Israel Studies, Hebrew Union College (Notes from tour to the Israel Museum)
THINK ABOUT...“The Wall...At first I am stunned. Then I see: A Wall of frozen tears, a cloud of sighs.” - Abraham Joshua Heschel Israel: An Echo of Eternity, New York 1969 (from Jerusalem: The Challenge of Sacredness)
THINK ABOUT...“We need to present Israel as a work in progress,legitimize competing visions, and remember thatmachloket, debate and disagreement, has alwaysbeen an integral—indeed, a defining—element of the Jewish experience.” - David Mendelsson The Challenges of Teaching ‘Israel’
THINK ABOUT...“…the land of Israel has an intrinsic meaning. It isconnected to the Jewish people with the knot of life; its very being is suffused with extraordinary qualities. The extraordinary qualities of the land of Israel and the extraordinary qualities of the Jewish people are two halves of a whole.” - R. Avraham Yitzchak Kook (from Jerusalem: The Challenge of Sacredness)
THINK ABOUT... “Israel is a multi-vocal, multi-layered, textured weave that affords the possiblity for intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and social engagement with the Land, People,and State of Israel in a way that cultivates arich sense of belonging and commitment to the Jewish collective.” - Lisa Grant and Ezra M. Kopelowitz Israel Education Matters, p.22
Musical Expression The song heard here in the background is by Israeli singer Ehud Banai and is called Avodah Sh’chorah/Black Work. This song explores another voice in Israel – the EthiopianJews. The lyrics express that they are now literally in the land of Israel, but they are metaphorically still on the outside.
THINK ABOUT... “The Land of Israel isthe centre of the world…” - Babylonian Talmud, Tanhuma Kedoshim 10