Henry Ford once said “History is Bunk.” While I love reading history I understand what he was getting at. Whose history you read can determine whose side you’re on. Every side has its own history. In the Balkans I have the experience to be able to interpret the different histories. In the Middle East I’m still trying to figure it out. Palestinians and Israelis read … Continue reading Jaffa, the other side of Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv could not be more different than Jerusalem. It talks like New York and looks like Miami Beach. While it has more hustle than Jerusalem it was also more laid back. In Tel Aviv, the Bistro where we ate lunch offered ham sandwiches (we went for the corned beef.). We could also get a cheeseburger, not Kosher, and not Jerusalem. With each delivery the … Continue reading Tel Aviv Bauhaus
The Dome of the Rock sits on Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It is the most visible site in Jerusalem. I have seen it’s dome glitter from Mt. Nebo in Jordan. The tile work is especially stunning. Continue reading Dome of the Rock
Many Holy Land sites are frauds, built after the fact; like the room sold to tourists as the “Upper Room” of the Last Supper but built in 1099 CE. But the Garden of Gethsemane is the real thing. Christ may or may not have prayed there, but the Garden of Gethsemane has very old olive trees. When Suzi and I visited the garden we were told … Continue reading The Original Olive Garden, Gethsemane, with very Old Trees
The Holy Land is mostly a fraud– a willing suspension of disbelief that allows you to believe that something happened at this exact spot and, therefore, this exact spot is holy. Stephen, one of the drivers who takes us to radio stations around the West Bank said “I hope you’re not Protestants because Protestants don’t seem to believe as much in these holy places.” Then … Continue reading Holy Land Kitsch
You need a lot of faith to visit holy sites in the Holy Land. The “upper room” where Jerusalem tells you the Last Supper took place was built by crusaders in 1099. The gate the tour guide tells you Jesus entered on Palm Sunday was built by Suleiman the Magnificent in the 1500s. There are three sites that claim to be the Jesus baptism site. … Continue reading Crucifixion and Resurrection in Jerusalem.