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"From Darkness to Light: 6:29" exhibition at the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem

In this deeply moving ALL ISRAEL NEWS feature, Kayla Sprague takes us inside the "From Darkness to Light: 6:29" exhibition at the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem.

This powerful display features the firsthand accounts of 25 courageous Israeli women who endured unimaginable horrors during the devastating Hamas attack on October 7, 2023.

Click above to watch the video or read the transcript below.

This is Kayla Sprague reporting live from the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem where a powerful new exhibition just opened called "From Darkness to Light 629."

I'm standing here after a profound and emotional experience. We were accompanied by harrowing testimonies of 25 heroic Israeli women who endured unimaginable horrors on that fateful day: October 7th, 2023.

On that dark morning, Hamas terrorists crossed into Israel, launching a devastating attack that claimed 1,200 lives – innocent lives – and kidnapped over 250 Israeli civilians held hostage into Gaza. It was one of the most traumatizing days in Israel's history, and this exhibit includes in its name the time the first siren sounded in southern Israel at 6:29 a.m. on the 7th of October.

Here, these resilient women are breaking their silence, their raw firsthand accounts are displayed through an innovative video testimonial that makes you feel like you're standing right across from them.

As I stood across from them and listened to these women share their stories, I was reminded of the words of Jeremiah 31: "Thus says the Lord, a voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children, and she refuses to be comforted for her children because they are no more."

Yet, this passage continues with the promise of hope. "Thus says the Lord, keep your voice from weeping, your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the Lord. And they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope for your future, declares the Lord."

Even in profound grief, stories of inspiring courage and unity emerge from the darkness. This exhibit honors the heroic first responders, the volunteers, the Israeli citizens, who have rallied together with shared faith and resilience in the face of evil.

As I walked through these halls, a core truth became so clear: The people of Israel have extraordinary strength. It allows light to shine even in their darkest valleys. The curators hope this exhibit will be a wake-up call for the world to recognize the grave injustices still unfolding while commemorating the power of human perseverance over hatred.

Sprague: Why do you think it's important for exhibits like this to exist, and how does it relate to our everyday life right now? 

Guest visitor David Landy: Well, I've been to Israel protests in favor of Israel and Zionism, and I walked through encampments on college campuses. People don't realize that they're dealing with monsters. Hamas are absolutely brutal terrorists. They kill, they rape; I saw the blood stains in the kibbutzim...of babies decapitated, a woman naked and raped. And you just can' can't deal with them. They just want to kill. They made it known that they want to kill Israelis, you know? And people in America don't understand that. They don't understand that Iran is behind a lot of that. Iran is supporting this. They're backing up the Hezbollah, they're backing up the Houthis, they're backing up Hamas, and there's no peace here. It's not like if Hamas won, we'd live in peace. No, they would come in – they would kill everybody. And it's just something that I'm... I looked at how what they did when they had that opportunity, it wasn't civilized. It was filled with hatred and evil. And I think the world needs to know that, that they're dealing with this. And they Israel's first, America's next. And Europe is in trouble, too. So wake up, people.

Sprague: And in the end of the exhibit, we went really from darkness and the testimonies.. to light. And we on post-it notes wrote, 'hope that we have for Israel, for the Jewish people in the future. Would you like to share some of what you hope for Israel moving forward?

Guest visitor Matt Plofsky: Well, I think we all hope for peace. What does peace mean? I think peace means that we have the ability for both sides to recognize that we're both we're all human beings that...the Palestinians can hopefully develop a leadership that allows them to go beyond the hate and the terror.

Certainly, their history has not shown that to be the case. Every time there's been an overture of peace there, it seems like there has been a hijacking of that peace from their leadership, from their inability to take that next step. And, you know, if they were able to view what we see from the inside out, maybe they would understand what that means. What does that mean? To have peace, to live together, to be able to coexist. And that would be, you know, the ideal situation moving forward.

Sprague: For Christians who grieve with our Jewish brothers and sisters. Now is the time to pray. Now is the time to lift up hostages and soldiers, bereaved families and all victims of terror in sincere prayer.

This is Kayla Sprague for ALL ISRAEL NEWS reporting from the Museum of Tolerance from "Darkness to Light" exhibition. Stay tuned for more coverage.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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