Beauty from Ashes
In the past few weeks, starting on a peaceful Sunday afternoon, we were caught unawares in the middle of a raging forest fire, here in the mountains of Judea, the hills that surround Jerusalem.
Besides of harp shop, this fire has destroyed over 6000 acres of a special forest called the Yair Kedoshim, ( Forest of the Holy Ones). In 1950, this forest was originally planted with 6 million trees, each one in memory of one holy soul who died in the Holocaust.
Over these past 70 years the trees have multiplied and spread out into a magnificent place of peace as well as a haven for deer and migrating birds.
The fire was so intense it was still burning for many days, and unfortunately as many people might have heard, our beautiful jewel of a harp workshop and gallery was caught in the middle of it.
Jerusalem Post article about what happened to the King David Harp shop from the fire
So tragic, everything was burned completely. However, with hope in our hearts we are now in a process of picking up the pieces and starting a re-building project to restore our beautiful harp shop that has been a blessing to so many people over these 40 years.
To make a contribution to our rebuilding project, follow the link below:
PayBox - Bit ( 972-0523436027
Or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
As many of you know, the harps we build are built according to the specifications of what is written in the Bible, archeology and the information of the Talmud. When we first started to build them, they were declared to be the first Biblical harps to be made in 2000 years. They are the national instrument and one of the powerful symbols of Israel.
Sadly, what was destroyed was our beautiful jewel of our harp workshop and gallery. For many of you who have been there over these past 39 years, this was a tragedy of great proportions.
At the time of the fire, there were close to 30 harps in one form or another, some completed, some under construction and many orders on file to be built.
When we think of it, it is truly heartbreaking.
Video interview with Micah and Shoshanna Harrari filmed by Yaakov Lepon
Many people asked, but sadly none of the harps were able to be saved, except my own personal one, because it was home and not with the others, but I imagine that as they went up in flames for their last songs, that they were playing melodies of peace and healing that went out to all the nations and peoples of the world that are also suffering these days in their own ways.
So these harps were a kind of corban, a sacrifice, and I hope that in their last moments, they brought a great blessing in their own way, as they left the world for Gan Eden to join the heavenly harp orchestra of the angels.
Here is a photo of how the harp shop used to look:
Perhaps some of the members of your organization or friends even visited here in the past as we had many tours with groups come to visit us over the years.
This picture is from 2016.
And here is how it looked after the fire: