The Tehillim (Psalms) occupy a vital place in Jewish liturgy and ritual practice: Their recitation occupies a great deal of the prayer service, they accompany moments of great joy and great sorrow, they embolden the weak and chasten the oppressor. It's little surprise, then, that the Psalms would be granted their own museum. In the back of the sleepy courtyard off Jaffa Road where Avraham Kook, yishuv (pre-state Jewish settlement) spiritual leader beloved by both religious and secular pioneers, once lived, you'll find the brightly painted entrance to the Museum of Psalms.
It houses a collection of one artist's Kabbalistically informed painted renderings of each of the 150 Psalms. The work tends toward the psychedelically abstract – many of the paintings would be perfectly at home on a bootleg Grateful Dead T-shirt, and a certain lysergic sheen seems to coat some of the work – but the free admission makes it worth a look. Unfortunately, many of the paintings have been improperly cared for and have, as a result, become heavily warped and water damaged.
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