Daily Dispatches

End of an odyssey: March 20, 2011

End of an odyssey: March 20, 2011

We woke up at dawn to yet another picture-perfect day in this holy but troubled city. However, this day was tinged with a bit of sadness, as it was the culmination of our 12-day odyssey through The Holy Land.


Solo reporting: March 18, 2011

Solo reporting: March 18, 2011

After a week of togetherness, we take off on our own.


From Bethlehem to Yad Vashem: March 17, 2011

From Bethlehem to Yad Vashem: March 17, 2011

In search of Christian nativity, Hamas viewpoints, and other, darker Holy Land morsels, Team Religion continued its journey in the West Bank and Jerusalem on Thursday.


A land divided: March 16, 2011

A land divided: March 16, 2011

The road we took into Hebron was for Israelis only; the Palestinians drove on another above. It was to be a day all about barriers and separations, a day that showed us what those concepts really look like on the ground.


Baha’is thrive in Haifa: March 15, 2011

Haifa is a major seaport city in northern Israel, an intersection of trading routes and, fittingly, a city where at least six religions intersect and coexist.


Cana still the land of miracles: March 14, 2011

Cana still the land of miracles: March 14, 2011

Cana, a city known for the first miracle performed by Jesus, can today be considered the site of yet another miracle of sorts. Christians and Muslims, who, for many years have existed amid conflict, are said to be living in harmony in the place where water was turned into wine.


Unlocking the mystical and secretive in religion: March 14, 2011

Unlocking the mystical and secretive in religion: March 14, 2011

Safed, once a town of Jewish mysticism is now an artists’ hub. Not far from Safed is Meron, a cooperative village that houses the tomb of Shim’on Bar Yokhai.


A visit to Jerusalem’s jewel: March 13, 2011

A visit to Jerusalem’s jewel: March 13, 2011

A sunny, clear sky greeted the city of Jerusalem on this early Sunday morning. Long queues of pilgrims and tourists awaited access to the sacred sites of the Abrahamic faiths.


Shabbat shalom, Iraqi style: March 11, 2011

Shabbat shalom, Iraqi style: March 11, 2011

Come along with us to an Orthodox synagogue and Shabbat dinner.


A walking tour of Jerusalem: March 12, 2011

A walking tour of Jerusalem: March 12, 2011

A peaceful protest, clashing religious traditions, relics of Jewish persecution. On our walking tour of Jerusalem, we weaved through the city’s religious tapestry.


A Friday in the Old City of Jerusalem: March 11, 2011

A Friday in the Old City of Jerusalem: March 11, 2011

As all three faiths are set in motion simultaneously, Friday makes a very special day to visit the Old City. Muslims from Jerusalem and the West Bank travel to Al-Aqsa mosque for Friday prayers, just as the church bells begin to chime. As the Muslims leave after prayer, they encounter Jewish residents of the Old City rushing to do last minute shopping before the Shabbat, which begins at sundown.


Getting to the Holy Land: March 10, 2011

Getting to the Holy Land: March 10, 2011

Standing on the Mount of Olives with the city stretching as far as we could see, sixteen of us – each a tourist, pilgrim and journalist – was made fully aware that we were no longer in New York City.