“Issachar is a rawboned donkey living down among the sheep pens. When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor”. – Genesis 49
There was a close bond between Zebulon and Issachar, the last of the six sons of Leah. The green color represents the working of the land. One of the main images is a donkey. The vine that borders the window reflects the tranquility of Issachar.
In the 6 day war, June 1967, Hadassah hospital came under Jordanian fire. Four of the windows were shattered. A telegram was sent to Chagall apprising him of the damage. His response still in our archives was “you take care of the wounded soldiers, I’ll take care of the windows” and so he did. It took him a year and a half to reconstruct these windows. Look at the purple diamond in front of the donkey you will see a white hole in it. Chagall picked up one of the broken shards and incorporated it into this remade window to reminder us of the destructiveness of war.