“G d will bring back your exiles, and have mercy on you. G‑d your L-rd will once again gather you from among all the nations where He scattered you. G d your L-rd will bring you to the land which your forefathers occupied and you too will take possession of it. G‑d will be good to you and make you flourish more than your ancestors.” (Deuteronomy 30:3–5)

Now, thousands of years later, we are actually living the fulfillment of this promise, having been brought back to the land of our forefathers. Our national memory stretches back to these very hills and valleys which Abraham saw from afar on the way to the Akeida (the binding of Isaac). Painted from a higher elevation overlooking this historic scene, the panoramic view captures the lavender light of the setting sun over this holiest of sites. Attached to the canvas is a collage of photographs of the southern slope of the Temple Mount taken over 20 years ago. It rises from the darkness and shadows below, as if from the long exile of the Jewish people. We have been blessed to have returned to our land where past, present and future are meeting.