After visiting those two attractions at the Israel Museum, we headed over to Yad va-Shem, the Holocaust Museum.
It’s off the map. Sorry.
“Yad va-Shem” means “hand and name”, but “yad” can also mean “memorial” and “shem” can also mean “reputation”. The name comes from a verse in Isaiah where he’s talking to eunuchs who are afraid they won’t be remembered because they can’t have children, and God says, “I’ll make for you a yad va-shem”. So it’s the same sort of thinking for people who died on the Holocaust.
After looking around a few places, such as the Promenade of Righteous (or something like that) – which had a carob tree for each person who had helped Jews during the Holocaust – and the Children’s Memorial – which had lots of lights and mirrors so it seemed like more lights, we had lunch.
68 shekels (about $25) for chicken, cracked wheat, vegetables, salad, and a drink. I could have done without the salad, but I got overexcited by the sight of plain beetroot (it always seems to be smothered in stuff here). Bad idea. It simply didn’t taste. At all. It was weird.
Have I mentioned that everything is expensive in Israel?
We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the Holocaust museum again. It was quite good, if a little disorientating, with twists and turns. I was pleased to see the Romani were mentioned, albeit briefly – they’re usually forgotten about. I was also interested to learn more about the ghettos in the 30s and life there – we’re not taught about that much in school, it’s all about the concentration camps there.
Here’s a picture of the view from just outside the museum.
Then we headed home.
There was a lot of walking today, but once we got to the Dead Sea Scroll section, it was almost all indoors, and warm. There’s a lot of walking tomorrow, as well, but about three-quarters of it is meant to be outside, so we’re praying the weather will be fine.
It was really foggy in the early afternoon when we first arrived at the Holocaust Museum, but had at least stopped precipitating, and by the time we came out, the fog had lifted and it was a bit warmer and clearer, so hopefully that’s going to be the new standard for tomorrow, and after that it’s meant to be fine and sunny and back up a few degrees to the normal weather for the season.
Happy Australia Day!
I could have wished for Lee Lin Chin to come an extract me with the SAS this morning. I can only hope there’s lamb at dinner to fulfil that requirement. There probably won’t be. It’s usually a choice of chicken or beef.