Category Archives: Jerusalem Letters

Cultural, religious, and other perspectives during three years living in Jerusalem.

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

(December 2004) Hello from Jerusalem, Oh little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie, Actually the whole adventure started with me.  Early in December I was chatting with the number-two person in our office here, lamenting that we … Continue reading

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Oktoberfest in Palestine

October, 2005 Hello from Jerusalem, I went to an Oktoberfest celebration last Saturday.  It had everything you would have expected: good ethnic food, colorful garb, music, dancing, and of course there was plenty of beer from the local brewery.  The … Continue reading

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Saturday Night After Rosh Hashanah

October 2004 Hello from Jerusalem, My daughter called it outrageous.  I felt a little intimidated.  We  were both amazed and delighted by what we had, serendipitously, seen on the Saturday night after Rosh Hashanah at the end of Sabbath. We … Continue reading

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Buying Meat: From Hebrew Burbs to Old City Meat Alley

June, 2006 Hello from Jerusalem! Buying good meat here has been a challenge and I’m not just talking pork which is very tricky to obtain though I’ve found ways.  We’re not huge meat eaters but when we do partake we … Continue reading

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The Accidental Pilgrim, Part 2

(The Accidental Pilgrim, Part 1) Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Jordan River, Hippo/Susita Hello from Jerusalem, The night’s “rest” at the monastery re-emphasized for me just how rural Galilee is.  Roosters crowing even before the crack of dawn (not polite, pious … Continue reading

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The Accidental Pilgrim, part 1

The Accidental Pilgrim, Part 1: Nazareth, Cana, Mt. Tabor, Capernaum November 2005 Hello from Jerusalem, We were thrilled when they offered to take us to Galilee.  It was absurd that we’d been in Israel for over a year and hadn’t … Continue reading

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Jerusalem on Foot

October, 2005 Hello from Jerusalem, During the month of October we had an unusual number of holidays including our own Columbus Day and a series of four Israeli holidays.  We took advantage of this time to explore parts of Israel … Continue reading

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From Tomb to Tomb

Late Spring – 2006 Hello from Jerusalem, Yesterday, Saturday, my wife and I took an afternoon walk to the Old City.  It was surprisingly busy, with Jewish people going to the Western Wall for Sabbath prayers and tourists thronging shops … Continue reading

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Among the Ultra Orthodox

Hello from Jerusalem, Surrounded by waves of fervor, I stood amazed and delighted at the 450 gold robed, fur-hatted, side-curled Hasidic men and boys welcoming in and relishing their Queen: lovely, precious Shabbos. On a Friday night not long ago … Continue reading

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In the Matzo Factory

(or Not the Yeast of Their Worries) (or To Rise or not to Rise) Hello from Jerusalem, I prepared for Passover exactly the opposite of how my observant Jewish neighbors here did.  I went out and stocked up on loaves … Continue reading

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