JourneysMarch 28, 2014-February 7, 2015
Location: Ruth Youth Wing
Curator: Kobi Ben Meir
We take one step, and then another, and yet another. Sometimes we keep our eyes on the path and the signposts; occasionally we look out at the distant horizon. There, dimly glimpsed, lies our destination, but for now a long road lies between the place we have left behind and the place we hope to reach. We carry on, like the brave travelers of the past: the first prehistoric men and women who left Africa for Asia, the generations of pilgrims determined to visit the Holy Land, and the adventurous explorers who set out without knowing what they would find.
Breathtaking sights and all manner of discoveries await the voyager, but so do hardship and obstacles. And our baggage seems to become heavier the longer we travel. It is as though we are weighed down by an entire house – along with the supplies that seem so essential, also our memories, our thoughts, and our homesickness. For no matter how strong the spirit of adventure, it is not easy to leave behind familiar places and those we love.
Often, the destination is nearly forgotten in the excitement of travel. Now the main thing is the journey itself, with its challenges and its experiences, and we grow with every step. After the road is left behind and the traveler returns home transformed, the journey is not really forsaken; it has become part of us.