Four Spectacular Wings Tell the Story of the Jewish people: It was well worth the wait, and now you can’t allow yourself to miss it: after ten years of planning and construction, the largest Jewish museum in the world is opening its doors. You’re invited to join a fascinating journey that portrays the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. The Museum represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of a variety of communities in different periods of history. This story is about all of us and each and every one of us is part of it.
Identity and Culture in Our Times
The story begins in the present. The incredible diversity of the expressions of Jewish identity and culture enables each and every one of us to find something of ourselves here. The folklore and the arts, the language and the literature, the different denominations in Judaism, and the Jewish contribution to humanity – all these are manifestations of multifaceted Jewish identity and culture, whether individual or collective.
The Historical Story Through the Generations
This is the unique and ongoing story of the Jewish people, from ancient times and up to the present. In it, you can find chapters of growth, prosperity and cultural dialog, alongside periods of pogroms and persecutions. The journey, which extends over thousands of years, begins with the story of the Jewish migrations, examines the large centers of Jewish life as well as Jewish culture and scholarship, and ends with the rebirth of the Jewish people after the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, and a depiction of various Jewish communities in our times.
A Common Base, A Universal Message
The ideological foundations on which Jewish existence has been built over the years – are foundations which have both a particular-Jewish dimension as well as a general-universal dimension that has bearing on human civilization as a whole. The unique foundations include the Sabbath (Shabbat), the covenant, the cycle of the year and milestones in human life. The universal foundations are exemplified by the Bible and its impact on cultures around the world.
The Modern Era Square: visitors can see how the Jews in different geographical areas faced the challenges of the modern era, such as emancipation, equal rights and education.
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