Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Isaiah’s Vision Revealed by Cyberangel Flights from Israel to Iowa and Abu Dhabi

As an American-Israeli artist, I launched cyberangels from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem to the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art to celebrate the Nationwide Bible Marathon on July 14, 2021 that was founded in Iowa by Dianne Bentley three years ago. It has since grown to an international event with participants simultaneously reading from the Book of Isaiah in 72 countries.

Isaiah sees shouts for joy when the corona pandemic ends. “Go into your houses, my people, and lock your door behind you; hide for just a moment until the plague has passed, then awake and shout for joy!”  (Isaiah 26: 20,19) 

Responses to cyberangels conveying Isaiah's vision

Dear Mel, I have been profoundly affected by your artwork. Just before receiving your email, my husband and I were talking about how one can write volumes and not really accomplish what he/she is saying, but a single image speaks volumes. Your artwork has prophetically spoken volumes into my life, and as tired as I am from the 7/14 @ 7:14 am Nationwide Bible Reading Marathon event, I can truly say I feel vibrantly alive and ready to spiritually war through the next year of work needed to join nations around the world in a 24 hour, 26 major time zone Bible Reading Marathon. This will be our 3rd year of prayer every Saturday at 7:14 am (CDT) which precedes each 7/14 event. Three other women from around the USA join me as we pray, discuss, and strategize with our Heavenly Father. Thank you for being an agent of release of God's love to us and our love for Israel and may 2 Chronicles 7:14 bless your life as it has ours. God bless, Dianne Bentley, State Leader, Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon, Servant Leader, Nationwide Bible Reading Marathon

Hi Mel, Dianne Bentley forwarded your email to me and I've ordered your book. Looking forward to reading it. I'm the state leader for the Bible Reading in Georgia, There were 13 other states besides Iowa and GA that were involved in the 7/14 Bible Reading. What a blessing. I write a little weekly column for our local paper. I thought you would enjoy knowing how Dianne and I met and how this worked out for me to join her.  No accidents with our God! Shalom, Jerri Tuck

Jerri’s “Connecting the Dots” article in a Georgia newspaper tells of how she connected to Dianne in Iowa through a Facebook friend in Nigeria. God’s plan is continuing to connect the dots by Dianne forwarding my email to Jerri in the state of Georgia where my cyberangels have been in the collection of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta since 1987. I launched a new generation of cyberangels from Jerusalem, Israel, to the High Museum in 2019 and to museums in eleven other states in USA that have places named “Jerusalem” to honor Rembrandt on the 350th anniversary of his passing. See them all at my blog JerUSAlem-USA,

Jonathan Feldstein arranged for Israel to take part in the Bible Reading Marathon through his Genesis 123 Foundation that works to build bridges between Christians and Jews through the Bible they share. He is an American born Orthodox Jew who immigrated to Israel in 2004 and has been blessed with a calling to serve to create a meaningful dialogue between Jews and Christians and to help connect Christians to Israel.

Abu Dhabi to Israel to Iowa and throughout the world

The cyberangels had just returned from their virtual flights from Jerusalem to the United Arab Emirates to celebrate the inauguration of the Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate of Israel in Dubai. This historic event brought the Abraham Accords to life by reuniting the descendants of brothers Ishmael and Isaac, Moslem Arabs and Jewish Israelis.

To rejoice in this event of biblical proportions, I launched “Cyberangels of Peace” on flights from the Israel Museum to the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum in Dubai. These cyberangels heralded the realization of Isiah’s vision:

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2: 4)

Living Isaiah’s vision in the Land of Israel

My book Through a Bible Lens published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing offers biblical insights for our digital culture of smartphones and social media to both Jews and Christians. It documents life with my wife Miriam and our children and grandchildren in Israel, in the land where the biblical narrative unfolds, in the land that the biblical prophecies of the ingathering of the Jewish people is being realized today. Miriam and I sense the privilege of living the visions of the prophets in all that we see and do.

"I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth." (Isaiah 43:5-6)

The great biblical miracle of liberating one nation of thousands from enslavement in the one country of Egypt after two centuries of exile pales in comparison with the Zionist miracle in our time of ingathering millions of Jews from a hundred countries after two thousand years and bringing them home to Israel. 

I was born in New York of parents born in Boston and New Jersey. My wife Miriam was born in Suriname where the Amazon Jungle reaches the Atlantic Ocean.  Her parents were born in Amsterdam. We came on aliyah to Israel with our three children Iyrit, Ari and Ron who were born in New York. Our fourth child Moshe was born in Beersheva.  Iyrit’s husband Dr. Yehiel Lasry was born in Morocco and came to Israel with his family when he was six years old. He is mayor of Ashdod, Israel’s fifth largest city and its major port, former surgeon-general of the Israeli navy, and member of Knesset. Ari’s wife Julie was born in Boston, descendent of the Jewish sheriff of Tucson in the Wild West. Ron’s wife Miri was born in Jerusalem. Her father, a Holocaust survivor, is a rabbi born in Hungary. Moshe’s wife Dr. Carmit Eliassi Alexenberg is a chemistry professor born in Israel of parents born in Iran.

"Who are these who fly like a cloud, and like doves to their roosts … to bring your sons from afar?" (Isaiah 60:8-9).

My daughter Iyrit and her husband were on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion Airport welcoming the arrival of the first El Al Dreamliner from the Boeing factory in Washington State. Painted on the plane was Ashdod in honor of the city’s founding 60 years ago. Watching the plane touch down brought tears to Iyrit’s eyes as she witnessed the miracle of the Jewish people returning home on wings of eagles (Exodus 19:4).  My son-in-law told me that the citizens of his city Ashdod were born in 99 countries.

“When God will return the exiles of Zion, we will have been as dreamers. Then our mouths shall be filled with laughter and our tongues with songs of joy. Then shall they say among the nations, ‘God has done great things for them!’” (Psalms 126:1-2)

Reading the Bible in the language of digital culture

A number of polls show a growing trend that younger Christians and Jews read the Bible less than their parents and consequently have a diminishing support for Israel. Reading in the rapidly evolving language of smartphones and social media makes Bible study boring to them. However, I have found that when I translate the Bible from the original Hebrew into the language of digital culture in Through a Bible Lens, this fresh viewpoint sparks interest in the minds of millennials.

Let’s start with the first words of the Bible translated into English:   

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

In the original Hebrew language of the Bible, the word et appears twice:

“In the beginning God created et the heaven and et the earth.”

The Hebrew word et is the first creations before heaven and before earth. In translations, et drops out since it has no equivalent in English. It links “created” to “heaven” and "created" to “earth.”  et is spelled aleph-tav, the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Spanning the full set of 22 Hebrew letters from aleph to tav, et represents a prototypic media system used to create a spiritual system called “heaven” and a material system called “earth.” 

The ancient Hebrew language is a prototype of media systems used to create spiritual systems like the Bible itself. The Bible invites imaginative ways for exploring interrelationships between media systems, spiritual systems, and material systems.

The digital media system is a binary system of on-off, 1-0, light-darkness.

 “God separated between the light and darkness.” (Genesis 1:4) 

 “In the beginning” in Hebrew is B’ReiSheet, spelled with the same consonants as the word B’ReShet meaning “In the network.”

Read the beginning verses of the Bible in the language of digital culture as:

“In the network of networks (the cloud), God created media systems for creating heaven and earth.  When the earth was absolutely empty and dark, God created light and separated between light and darkness (1 and 0)”

The media system of heaven, the spiritual realm, is written in the Torah with Hebrew letters that form words. The media system of earth, the physical realm, is written with electrons and protons that form atoms and molecules. The media system of the digital realm returns us to the primeval binary creation of darkness and light, 0 and 1. It is written with the binary digits 0-1 called bits that form bytes.  Every blog, website, video, song, and text that you access from the Internet is written with the binary system of the beginning of Creation.

Cyberangels are created in the binary system and fly from Israel to Abu Dhabi and to Iowa and continue their flights around Planet Earth via the Internet.

Monday, July 5, 2021

United Arab Emirates Welcomes Cyberangels of Peace from Israel

Hebrew Malakh Shalom = Arabic Malak Salam = Angel of Peace 

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid was greeted on tarmac by Emirati Minister of State Ahmed Al Sayegh as the first Israeli minister to visit the United Arab Emirates since The Abraham Accords were signed in Washington.

 He came as the guest of the Emirati Foreign Minister, Abdullah Bin Zayed to inaugurate the Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate of Israel in Dubai on June 29 and 30, 2021.

 To celebrate this historic event as an American-Israeli artist, I launched “Cyberangels of Peace” on virtual flights from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem to the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum in Dubai. These digital age artworks express The Abraham Accords declaration of support for art and science that inspire humankind, maximize human potential and bring nations closer together.

UAE-Israel Peace as a Way of Life

The inauguration of Israel’s Embassy and Consulate in UAE was followed by an unprecedented act between foreign ministers of two countries. Yair Lapid, a Jew and Israeli, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a Muslim and Arab, defied expectations by co-authoring an article “UAE-Israel peace is more than an agreement. It's a way of life” in The National.

They wrote: “The UAE and Israel decided to do things differently with the signing of the historic Abraham Accords in 2020. With the establishment of diplomatic relations between the UAE and Israel, our two countries set out to determine a new paradigm for our region: one defined by the joint pursuit of peace, stability, security, prosperity and co-existence for our peoples.”

“We both want to live in a world where peace is possible. We need to work hard with our peoples and with each other. In order to achieve lasting and sustainable solutions to the issues that our region faces, we will continue to champion the spirit of peace in all efforts to shape a better world for our children. Peace isn't an agreement you sign – it's a way of life. The ceremonies we held this week aren't the end of the road. They are just the beginning.”

Abraham Accords and Year of Rembrandt

The Rembrandt-inspired "Cyberangels of Peace" are based upon the biblical passage of angels going up from the Land of Israel on a ladder in Jacob’s dream and coming down throughout the world to herald a message of peace. The angels are shown flying from the Land of Israel via smartphone and social media on the cover of my book Through a Bible Lens. The book explores the biblical roots of the Abraham Accords in the language of digital culture.

It is symbolic that one of my cyberangel artworks is in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington where The Abraham Accords were signed. My artworks represent historic exemplars of computer-generated art that act to unite Abraham’s decedents. These cyberangel artworks are in the collections of thirty museums on five continents. They are documented in my blog Global Tribute to Rembrandt.   

The Bible tells of Abraham’s good feeling seeing his sons Ishmael and Isaac together in peace at his deathbed. Now, four thousand years later, we saw their heirs come together in brotherhood on the White House lawn.

The Abraham Accords corresponded with the “Year of Rembrandt” honoring the great master on the 350th anniversary of his death. Throughout the world in museums from Leiden where he was born, to Amsterdam where he established his art studio, to Oxford, Madrid, Ontario, New York, and Abu Dhabi.

Cyberangels of Peace at Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi presented the exhibition Rembrandt, Vermeer & the Dutch Golden Age, masterpieces from The Leiden Collection founded by the American Thomas S. Kaplan who wrote, “More than any other painter’s legacy, we believe Rembrandt’s ability to touch the soul represents a uniquely fitting expression of this visionary Franco-Emirati project seeking to promote tolerance and the common civilization of mankind.”

I launched my first cyberangels of peace honoring the Abraham Accords to the Louvre Abu Dhabi from the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book, where the oldest Bible texts are housed. The Louvre Abu Dhabi was created by the renowned architect Jean Nouvel to express a new era of peace and brotherhood.

It was my honor to have hosted Jean Nouvel when he came to Jerusalem to receive the Wolf Prize in Architecture in 2005. I had been appointed by the President of Israel to the Council of the Wolf Foundation that awards the acclaimed Wolf Prize to outstanding scientists and artists from around the world for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples. We sat together at the award ceremony in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) beneath a huge Marc Chagall tapestry.

Cyberangels of Peace virtual flight from Israel to the Louvre Abu Dhabi honored the inauguration of Israel’s Embassy in Abu Dhabi. On the next day, they took flight to the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum in Dubai for the inauguration of Israel’s Consulate there.

Cyberangels of Peace at Crossroads of Civilizations Museum in Dubai

The Crossroads of Civilizations Museum expresses the global vision of its founder and director Ahmad Obald al Mansoori who tells how it embodies the spirit of tolerance of the ancient past where civilizations, cultures and religions met. Dubai’s location at the crossroad of global trade routes had seen it interact with leading cultures and civilizations across Europe, Asia and Africa.

At a photo exhibition reflecting Jewish life in Arab countries at Al Mansoori’s museum, he initiated collaboration with The Heritage Center for Middle East and North Africa Jewry in Israel. The Heritage Center’s CEO Ashley Perry said, "The event tonight was an attempt to build bridges between Arabs and Jews through the prism of the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa. In preserving the culture and heritage of the Jews of MENA we can build a bridge from the past to a brighter future for the good of all peoples in the region."

The cyberangel flights to Abu Dhabi and Dubai are followed by virtual flights from the Israel Museum to museums in Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan, and to Egypt and Jordan, the first Arab states to have signed peace treaties with Israel.

Cyberangels of Peace are waiting on the runway ready to take virtual flights from Israel to the remaining sixteen member states of the Arab League. They are also waiting for the signing of the Cyrus Accords to fly from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem to the Teheran Museum of Contemporary Art.

Hebrew Malakh Shalom = Arabic Malak Salam = Angel of Peace

I live with my wife in Ra’anana, the same city north of Tel Aviv where Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett lives with his wife and children. Before partaking of the Sabbath eve meal, our families join with Jewish families throughout the world singing, “May your coming be for peace, Angels of Peace, angels of the Exalted One.” The song begins with the words shalom aleikhem (may peace be with you). Shalom aleikhem is the traditional Hebrew greeting when people meet. It is akin to the Arabic greeting salam aleikum.

May the Hebrew Malakh Shalom and the Arabic Malak Salam be recognized as one and the same Angel of Peace.

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