There is a Jewish joke: if you see a Jew (who is a new repatriate to Israel) coming down from a plane in the Ben Gurion (the main airport of Israel), and he doesn’t have a violin in his hand, that means that he plays piano.
Now we see that it is very difficult for musicians and artists to find a job in Israel. There are too many artists here in so small country.
The first impression is that God made a mistake when He was giving talents to too many Jews who are scattered all over the world. And it seems that He didn’t take into account His own promise to bring them all to the Zion, and that tremendous amount (in percentage to the population of the state Israel) of the artists and musicians is superfluos for so small nation. So what? Was God mistaken giving the gift of creation to too much quantity of Jews, who even now, when just a part of the people had been brought together, are not able to find a job in Israel?
The Holy Scriptures say that God never makes mistakes. It means that He did exactly what He had intended to do. The same way as in the ancient times when Israel was building the Tabernace and the Temple in Jerusalem, He needs many talented Jews now, those who are able to create beautiful things, to do wonderful work that shows the glory of God, that can be used by the Holy Spirit in order to touch many hearts all over the world. We beleive that our God is God of arrangement.
He gave burth to many talented people in Israel in order for them to be a blessing to the whole world during the last times: “Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” (Romans11:12,15). So we beleive, that God has a special plan and special work for everyone, who knows Him and is ready to serve Him.
For us as Messianic Jews is important to keep our Jewish indentity, because for everyone of us and for the whole Jewish people to be Jewish is God’s calling, it is the understaning of our responsibility and of our place in God’s plan for the last times. Does it mean to keep our Jewish identity in Art also? To be Jewish means not only keeping the traditions and the feasts, it is also the way of thinking and and the character of our Art. Every artist – the participant of this book is seeking for the answere to the question: what does it mean to us – Jewish identity in Art, and how this Art can serve Israel and other nations.
Shavey Tzion Messianic Sinagogue. Design Explanation
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