'The 'Gate' of Angels'
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Note: The print is a 10x8 without the copyright on it. :-)

'Mercy Gate - sealed today...'
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The gate has a special holiness; the Shechinah (Divine Presence) has appeared through this gate. It became an important task to open with art the gate which has been closed by man. Everyone should beable to enjoy and experience the magnificent beauty of this gate entrance. Eve

On the 25th day of Kislev in 164 BCE, the Jews celebrated the rededication and purification of the Temple. According to the legend, they found only enough special olive oil (with the seal of the high priest) for lighting the Menorah to last for one day, but each day, it continued to burn until after the 8th day, when new oil was ready. The miracle of the 8 days has been celebrated every year afterwards, with a new candle lit each day, thus as the days pass, one, two, three, and finally all 8 candles are lighted.

The lighting of the candles of the Chanuka menorah is symbolic of the power of enlightenment over the forces of darkness.

"The Mercy Gate, 257 m north of the south-eastern corner of the Temple Mount, is the most beautiful of all the gates of Jerusalem. It is approached from within the Temple Mount by twenty-two stairs, which lead into a magnificent entrance, decorated with unusually intricate carvings of acanthus leaves, which appear to be moving. The gateroom is a hall with six domes supported by huge marble pillars. On the east side of the hall are two gateways, now blocked up, beautifully decorated on the outside."
Read more about it at: http://www.templemount.org/visittemp.html

The Mercy (Golden) Gate (Bab el Rahmeh) appears in the legends of all three religions. An early Jewish tradition holds that it is through that gate that the Messiah will enter Jerusalem. According to Christian tradition, Jesus made made his last entry to Jerusalem through the Mercy Gate. The Muslims refer to it as the Gate of Mercy and believe it to be the gate referred to in the Koran, through which the just will pass on the Day of Judgment.

Psalms 24:
[7] Lift up your head, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
[8] Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
[9] Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
[10] Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

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