Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Of joy and Jews

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Just some Jewish symbols here for ABC Wednesday J-Day.

I went to pick up a friend today at Ben-Gurion International Airport near the city of Lod and I picked up some J words too.
This 5-meter-high menorah welcomes people at the arrivals terminal.

It contains another Jewish symbol--the shield of David, magen David.
And written under the word SHALOM is the artist's signature: Salvador Dali.
The work is titled "Menorat Hashalom" (the Menorah of Peace).


Jillions of luggage trolleys were snaking their way toward the menorah.

Joy will soon light up the faces of these people when their loved ones emerge from the baggage claim and customs area.

Jews poured out of flights originating in cities such as Bratislava and Kiev. These Jewish men were returning from their annual Rosh Hashana pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. Nachman from Uman is buried in Uman, a city in the Ukraine.
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If you are curious about the Na-Nach Nachman meUman graffiti that sprouts up on almost every vertical surface in Jerusalem, please revisit my post about the miracle mantra.
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The airport was fun, but it's good to be back home hearing the jackals in my beloved Jerusalem Hills.
Happy J-Day.
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29 comments:

JM said...

It's the first time I see Dali's Menorah! Huge!

Gunn White said...

When I came back from Israel I had bought two souvenirs similar to this. I thought I could count to 7, but ended up with place for 9 candles.....

Anyway, I remember leaving Norway and arriving in Israel to "summer" in February. Fantastic.

"Shalom" from me up in the north.

Nestor said...

I hadn't heard of Rabbi Nachman, but my grandparents were from a village near Uman. If I ever visit their village, I'll have to make that pilgrimage as well.
(It must be exciting to witness Jerusalem celebrating Rosh Hashanah!)

Leif Hagen said...

Just joyful Jewish Jerusalem Js for ABC day!

Cloudia said...

Aloha! Nice post today-
I love Dali
Comfort Spiral

Jacob said...

Fascinating. L'Shana tova, Dina!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

It looks like you really struggled to come up with J words!

I feel like Alice in Wonderland looking at a 5m menorah!!!!

Yaelian said...

Nice posting! I have never seen that Menorah and I have been so many times to the airport! Must be because I enter the terminals straight from the train station...Next time I will keep my eyes open,that is some nice looking menorah!

Jama said...

I like that huge menorah! It's interesting reading about the religion and Jew practice here, even though I'm from another religion , it's always intriguing to read upon other's belief.

Dina said...

JM, me too. I never saw it before. Never knew Dali made a menorah.

Gunn White, shalom. When were you here?? And once year, during a long hard hot Israeli summer, we decided to escape to anyplace with snow for a few weeks, and it was Norway! I loved walking on a living glacier!
Yes, the old confusion of menorah and Chanukka menorah, 9 or 7 arms.

Nestor, really, you have Uman roots?!
Yes, it IS exciting to witness Jerusalem, any day of the year.

Leif, yep.

Cloudia, there are even spirals for you on the menorah!

Jacob, chatima tova.

Greensboro, haha, good idea.

Yaelian, You are lucky to be able to use the train to the airport. I once took tried it and it took me 3 1/2 hours from home, changing in Bet Shemesh and in Lod. You would think a nation's capital would have more direct transportation to the airport.
Even the bus from Jerusalem--you have to transfer to another bus at Airport City that takes you to the terminal.
It was my first time to see the menorah also. I don't know where they were hiding it until now.
Actually, right behind those trolleys is the entrance to the train station. Maybe next time you will see it too.

Dina said...

Shalom Jama, yes, same with me. Blogs are a great way to learn other religions from a personal perspective. Your blog is so colorful and varied. See you again.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

as much as i hate airports because of the strict rules imposed on travellers, i must also admit that i love travelling by air

and it always feel nice to be back home too

magiceye said...

joyful post indeed!

Vaggelis said...

great monuments. old and modern -!! :-))

Samson said...

Nice Photo's, enjoyed seen your world... thanks for sharing

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

An amazing collection of baskets on wheels. And a neat piece of Salvador Dali art.

Thanks for your visit and comment on Pick a Peck of Pixels and the post Powerful Stuff and your comment, "Gulp."

cieldequimper said...

Beautiful Dali and yes, airports can be very photogenic!

Hilda said...

That makes the giant menorah the most normal thing of Dali's that I've seen.

I like the fountain that separates the arrivals area from greeters. Much nicer than plain ol' steel rails.

Dina said...

Hilda, Yes, I agree, finally a normal creation by Dali. I just learned about its existence yesterday.
The "waterfall" barriers around the arrivals gate might be the only way to keep expectant waiters back. More elegant and calming than bars, but there is nowhere to lean.

RuneE said...

Jews jumping of joy at the baggage claim?? Just joining the journeying humans jetting around it jibes me.

PS Thank you for the comments ;-)

FA said...

Hi Dina, Great post - very creative ABC Wednesday. What a pleasant surprise to read about Dali's menorah. I'm a little behind on reading your blog. I'll have to come back after my return home. Pax and Shalom.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Very interesting information! Shalom!

Turquoise Diaries said...

I always feel that Menorahs are very striking objects and this is a fantastic one..

Reader Wil said...

This menora is huge and very impressive! It must be very beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Roger Owen Green said...

I love menorahs generally, but this is quite impressive

B SQUARED said...

I read through all your links. It is really fascinating. I never knew Judaism had so many branches and variations.

Pietro said...

Really interesting Jewish symbols, Dina.
I hope at the Ben-Gurion Airport every passenger receives regularly his luggage: here we often hear of endless waits or even of loss of luggage!

Grace and Bradley said...

An interesting put together post for "J".

Tumblewords: said...

I always enjoy learning at your place! Beautiful photos and wonderful narrative.