The Israel Museum and Yad Vashem


With just two days left on our trip, we began today viewing the ancient artifacts at the Israel Museum. Since no pictures were allowed, I found this one of the Isaiah Scroll in a search.

The Shrine of the Book that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls is a collection of ancient scrolls and manuscripts found at Qumran (see our post from last week on Qumran here)

The Yad Vashem Museum (Hebrew: יָד וַשֵׁם; literally, “a monument and a name”) is Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. The name Yad Vashem is taken from Isaiah 56:5.

“Even to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name
Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name
That shall not be cut off.”

A Tent of Remembrance and Eternal Flame names each death camp set on 6 million tiny pieces of tile remembering each Jewish person murdered.

Children’s Memorial for 1,500,000 Jewish murdered children is a tribute like no other I have ever seen. It is very dark and you must use the handrail. The entrance has pictures and as you move along the names and ages of each child are read. There are candles reflected in mirrors that appear like there is one light for each child.

TheRighteous Among the Nations’ are honored (those who helped the Jewish people during the Holocaust) are honored with a tree.  Corrie TenBoom, Oscar Schindler, Pere Jacques, and others.

While our visit to Yad Vashem was a stunningly sad experience, it was necessary to appreciate the importance of the State of Israel for the Jewish people. Paul’s assessment of fallen humanity (Romans 3:9-18) is proven true at Yad Vashem.

“What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.

10 As it is written:

“There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
13 “Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”