‘Heavenly Lights: Yoram Raanan’s Contemporary Art of Ancient Jewish Symbols,” which opened yesterday, is currently showing at the Heichal Shlomo Museum of Jewish Art. This exhibition includes large expressionist canvases, as well as paintings and sculptures using painted book covers as their medium.In the heart of the Heichal Shlomo complex, juxtaposed to the existing exhibit of holy books rescued from Vilna, is a new presentation of Raanan’s book covers. Alongside the old Torah scrolls that hang like bodies wrapped for burial, Raanan’s painted, freestanding covers from the Babylonian Talmud’s Vilna edition bring a spirit of renewal into the historical exhibition.Nearly 90 percent of the Jews in Vilna were murdered, but the Nazis could not extinguish our light. For thousands of years, the Babylonian Talmud has been the nexus between God and the Jews, and their history. By painting on these covers, Raanan creates a dialogue with the past that celebrates our indomitable spirit, which survived its ordeals and now flourishes anew in the Holy Land.