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Since the time of the destruction of the Temple
in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, the Western Wall
has been a symbol and focus of yearning for
generations of Jews around the world. The
Western Wall's ancient stones were the objects
of a nation's longing for its homeland and city,
the site mourned by those exiled from it, as well
as their sons, grandsons and great grandsons,
generation after generation.
Even after we returned to the Western Wall and
merited to cling to its stones, the Wall remains
the symbol of the world's strongest substance –
heritage. Personal and national memories
converge in the stones of the Western Wall, stones
that possess human hearts, and are the reason
the Jewish nation survived its many hardships in
the Diaspora.
Today, when the Western Wall Plaza is teeming
with people, the heart sings, "When the Lord
brought back those that returned to Zion, we were
like unto them that dream". It is fitting that we
recognize and pay respect to the wondrous chain
of generations whose faith and resilience enabled
us to return to Jerusalem, walk in the footsteps
of our forefathers in their land and speak their
ancient language.
The Chain of Generations Center, opened
adjacent to the Western Wall Plaza in 2005, was
established by the Western Wall Heritage
Foundation, which is responsible for the Western
Wall on behalf of the Prime Minister's office for
the purpose of connecting its millions of visitors
to the Jewish chain of generations.
Visitors to the Center enjoy a moving experience
conveying the fascinating narrative of the Jewish
nation throughout the generations, walking along
approximately 3,500 years of history in which our
nation went from exile to redemption, from
destruction to construction and from despair to
hope. The Center utilizes unique and magical
elements including music, artistically designed
glass, archeology and lighting effects. Together
these create a masterpiece which inspires all our
senses. Accompanied by an audio-guide, the
visitor descends into the depths of the earth and
into the depths of the Jewish nation's history.
The Center is built in subterranean spaces. Each
space exposes the visitor to a different period
along the Jewish chain of generations: The
Forefathers and the Twelve Tribes, Kings and

Prophets, The Holocaust, Redemption and more.
Each period is expressed by a work of art
integrating glass, light and sound.
Construction of the Chain of Generations Center
took approximately seven years, during which
time fascinating archeological discoveries from
Jerusalem's ancient times were revealed. These
remnants were integrated into the exhibits
In the last part of the journey, surrounded by rays
of light and smoke, an innovative multimedia
presentation tells the story of Rabbi Yisrael Halevi,
a lover of Jerusalem. His story summarizes the
central theme of the entire journey and contains
the secret of the Jewish nation's existence. The
visit concludes at a stunning observation point
overlooking the Western Wall.
Since its establishment, over 1,200,000 have
visited the Chain of Generations Center and
walked away with "food for thought" and
inspiration for the future. Each one of us is a link
in the chain of generations, a chain anchored in
the past that looks brightly into the future.
"Walk about Zion, and go round about her… that
ye may tell it to the generation following."
(Psalms 48, 13-14).
Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz
Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites

Issue: April 2012
Design: Meir Eshel
Stamp Size: 40 mm x 30 mm
Plate no: 875 (no phosphor bar)
Sheet of 15 stamps
Tabs: 5
Printers: Joh. Enschede, The Netherlands
Method of printing: Offset

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