Haaretz, Oct 4, 2017
I would have expected a museum in Jerusalem that believes that “music touches everyone without discrimination, segregation or prejudice,” even under private ownership, to caption its displays not just in Hebrew, English, French, Russian and Spanish, but also in Arabic, which is still one of the country’s official languages and is spoken by a third of the residents of the greater Jerusalem area.
The reason for ignoring the Arab public, which might also want to enjoy music’s ability to “unite, gladden and awaken each person’s inner good” (as written on the museum’s website), becomes clear when one reaches the highlight of the museum: the Hebrew Room, which features a model of the Temple in Jerusalem and includes a virtual reality tour. Here you discover the museum’s other objectives, which go beyond music. Here the Third Temple takes shape and form – virtual for now, but with a physical model. This is how the museum serves as another tool for preparing people for its construction [....]
A visit to the website of the museum’s founder, Laurent Levy, sheds light on his worldview. He notes that “In the Torah there are several explicit mentions of the place of residence of the Jewish people. The borders of the Promised Land, the Land of Israel, are also clearly defined. In 2012, 46% of the Jewish people were living in the land the Lord bequeathed to them for generations. The return of Jews of the Diaspora to the land and to the Torah are two phenomena that we will witness in Israel in the coming years; that is, we will study Torah more intensively and thus reveal more of the Divine aspect of the world for the benefit of Jerusalem, Israel, the world and everyone on earth. That’s how the Third Temple will be rebuilt.”
[...] It is another stage in the preparations for rebuilding the Temple, since, as its founder notes, “In the Temple it was forbidden to offer sacrifices, to confess sins or to come close to God without the music.”