After posting an entry about the Eretz Israel Museum and another entry about its Ceramics Pavilion, let’s now move on to Menachem Begin Museum, a state of the art heritage center inspired by the life and leadership of Menachem Begin, a former Israeli PM and Nobel Prize Winner. This is among the top museums in Israel that Mel Lifshitz often visits.
Since he was a child, Mel has already been exposed to Israeli politics. This is the very reason why he loves to visit the Menachem Begin Museum in Jerusalem. Its design represents the modesty and dignity of the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
The Menachem Begin Heritage Center was built by Menachem Begin’s long-time friend, Harry Harry Hurwitz. It displays Begin's research in the form of original documents and photographs. The structure was also built atop an archaeological site and a replication of the findings are exhibited in the museum. Also in the center are conference rooms, a café, an auditorium, and even a small synagogue. A small replica of the Knesset has been built so as to educate students on the legal processes of the Israeli government.
Mel Lifshitz encourages every Jew to support and promote the Menachem Begin Heritage Center’s advocacy - to serve as an educational outlet for young people and help bring about strong and passionate Israeli leaders. This advocacy is inspired by Begin's own work and his personal philosophies.
The Menachem Begin Heritage Center is a living memorial and the nation’s tribute to a courageous fighter and fearless leader who worked for the freedom, future and security of the Jewish People in its own land. The Center is being built on the Hinnom Ridge, overlooking the Old City. One of the most important archeological sites in Israel lies behind the Center. In one of the burial caves was found the silver scroll pendant containing the Biblical Priestly Blessing in ancient Hebrew script.
Mel Lifshitz and his wife, Rochelle, often visit the museum’s White Nights dairy restaurant and coffee shop where they unwind and talk about politics and current events.