|Psa 48:2||"Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, [is] mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King." |
Those are amazing words--- and not hyperbole. The "sides of the north" means " Mount Zion is an area on the south-west side of the old city, and a place of several churches, the traditional David Tomb, and Christian cemeteries" (including the grave of Oskar Schindler).
Mount Zion is across from the Zion Gate-- and it is also the traditional place of Yeshua's Passover meal with the talmidim.
"Sometime after the construction of King Solomon's Temple, Mount Zion referred to the Temple Mount. It is mentioned in the Book of Isaiah (60:14), the Book of Psalms, and the first book of the Maccabees (c. 2nd century BC). Just before the Roman conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of theSecond Temple, Josephus described Mount Zion as a hill across the valley to the west. Thus, the western hill extending south of the Old City came to be known as Mount Zion, and this has been the case ever since. Between 1948 and 1967, when the Old City was under Jordanian occupation, Israelis were forbidden access to the Jewish holy places. Mount Zion was a designated no-man's land between Israel and Jordan. Mount Zion was the closest accessible site to the ancient Jewish Temple. Until East Jerusalem was captured by Israel in the Six-Day War, Israelis would climb to the rooftop of David's Tomb to pray."
I did not know, though, that the first Holocaust Memorial site established by the Israeli government in 1948 is on Mount Zion The Chamber of the Holocaust.
This is the paragraph that moved me to tears, however: " Many of the museum's exhibits display religious artifacts such as a bloodstained Torah scroll from Węgrów, Poland,
and a handwritten prayer book from the Buchenwald concentration camp. Other exhibits include "purses, shoe soles, drums and wallets made from the parchments of Torah scrolls", a coat sewn from Torah parchments which was worn by a Nazi officer, a prisoner uniform from the Auschwitz concentration camp, and a recreation of the gas oven used in the cremetoria of concentration camps. The museum also includes urns with the ashes of Holocaust victims from 36 Nazi death camps and "RIF" soap allegedly manufactured by the Nazis from human fat.
"Throughout most of its history, the town had a thriving Jewish community, present at least since the 16th century. The community was exterminated during the Holocaust by the Nazis." According to Wikipedia, the blood-spattered Torah scroll is from Wegrow, Poland-- a community of 6,000 souls before 1939.
I thought about that Torah scroll from Wegrow, Poland,
View Larger Map and how it was blood-stained. Who was holding it? Whose blood spattered on the Torah scroll as he protected it with his life?
May his memory be for a blessing.
I thought about the 6,000 murdered by the Nazis-- and the Jewish cemetery in Wegrow with the simple words "Do not kill" (murder) at the entrance. (translation courtesy of Google Translate)
"The Jewish cemetery is located in Węgrów within the current Heroes streets of Warsaw, ul. Industrial and st. Joselewicz. Until the establishment of the Jewish cemetery in Warsaw Brodno, Węgrowska cemetery served as the burial place for Jews from the capital.
A Nazi officer wearing a coat sewn from Torah parchments? Purses and wallets meant to hold money more important than G-d's word? Putting the Torah under foot in the shoe sole... Making the Torah into a drum to beat...
|Torah Scroll of Tunisian Jews|
This scroll from Gerba, North Africa is stained with blood of its martyrs.
|Jacket of Desecration -- a Nazi official ordered this jacket sewn from Torah parchments to wear to a ball. A Jewish tailor was forced to sew this. He chose Leviticus 26 as his "cloth"-- a section describing all the possible curses G-d would send upon the ungodly.|
Artifacts Salvaged from the DestructionGlass windows display the artifacts salvaged by lsraei's former Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Herzog.
On display are the following pieces:
Yet even in this time, G-d raised up some who reached out in compassion. The Wasowski family, even though it could have meant their deaths, fostered/adopted an eight year old Jewish orphaned girl named Noemi Grabska from Wegrow. She survived the war due to the mercy that the Wasowski family showed her, married another Polish Jewish child who had survived, and moved to Israel and raised a family.
Thank you for reading and reflecting on this (long) blog posting. What can we do to honor those who gave their lives in Santification of the Name? (in Hebrew kiddush HaShem (Hebrew: קידוש השם “sanctification of the name [of God]”)
Let's combat indifference with passion for G-d's Word,
studying each day, meditating, listening, doing--
with passion to be obedient and filled with faith
with passion to be a blessing to Israel and the Jewish people everywhere.
May we be willing to lay down our lives as well for His Name's Sake if the L-rd puts that decision in front of us.
I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night [in the darkness of the culture around us], and have kept thy law.
May we live today in reverence of His Holy Word and His Holy Name, valuing life, and valuing the words of His lips-- words of life, and life more abundant, words full of treasure-- spoken by the One True G-d.
The Holocaust Memorial listed above is close to David's tomb. We are waiting for Your full redemption, promised to Your Jewish people, Yeshua, Messiah ben Yosef and ben David.
Psalm 48: 10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.