Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem’

Mystical union: Jewish-Sufis in the Holy Land

Mystical union: Jewish-Sufis in the Holy Land

Jews and Muslims worship right next to each other in the Holy Land, yet they are separated by walls, barriers and hostility. Some Jews, however, are trying to break that pattern. They have found a path in Sufism, the mystical dimension of Islam.


Torn between two worlds and an uncertain future

Torn between two worlds and an uncertain future

Armenians have lived in Jerusalem for more than a millennium but war and emigration have taken a toll on this ancient Christian community.


A long road home: One woman’s journey through Israel’s conversion laws

A long road home: One woman's journey through Israel's conversion laws

Conversion is a hot-button issue in Israel – a constant on the national agenda. And increasingly strict standards for recognizing conversions have upsetting consequences for many.


Nonviolent resistance in the Holy Land

Nonviolent resistance in the Holy Land

In a region riddled with violence and an urge to settle the score as opposed to forgive and make peace, there are still many people and groups who advocate for nonviolence.


In a Bedouin shop, a Mormon’s faith is strengthened

In a Bedouin shop, a Mormon's faith is strengthened

While in the Holy Land, our class visited many places sacred to my faith, but it was being called a “bad Mormon” in a Bedouin shop that echoed an elder’s statement.


‘Never before’ versus ‘never again’

'Never before' versus 'never again'

Each year on April 24, Armenians living in Israel gather to commemorate the 1915 mass killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians. But can the slogan “Never Again” be fully realized without recognizing the first genocide of the 20th century?


Amid conflict, churches place faith in divestment

Amid conflict, churches place faith in divestment

Some say that church organizations that invest their holdings in companies that do business with Israel are contributing to what they see as the degradation of the Palestinian people.


The flight of the faithful: Local Christians leaving the Holy Land

The flight of the faithful: Local Christians leaving the Holy Land

Every Easter season, Christian pilgrims flock to the Holy Land to reconnect to their religious roots. In 2010, more than two million visited the region, and even more are projected this year. But while tourism in the Holy Land is on the rise, the number of local Christians is on the decline. Dennis Murphy reports.


For Israel, a national tragedy

For Israel, a national tragedy

Photos of the Fogel family funeral.


Questions and convictions

Questions and convictions

“The more you know, the less you know,” said one of my classmates at the end of our 10-day trip to Israel and the West Bank. For some reason, I had expected that I would have cracked the Israeli-Palestinian puzzle at the end of my trip. Instead, I left with more questions than answers. Along with a myriad of questions, I also left with a sense of conviction in myself.


The sacred layers of holy cities

The sacred layers of holy cities

As I walked through the winding alleyways of the Old City, shaded by tall walls of Jerusalem stone, I experienced a sharp twinge of déjà vu. It was my first time in Israel, yet something about the environment—the centuries-old architecture, the nourishing, Mediterranean sunlight—recalled an earlier time in my life.


Lesson in the ashes of books burned

Lesson in the ashes of books burned

I’ve always been attracted to big moments in history. When I took a closer look at the burning book display at Yad Vashem, the immensity of the Holocaust manifested itself in an entirely new way. The quote above those books: “Where they burn books, they will end up burning human beings,” will stay with me forever.


Early morning at the Holy Sepulchre

Early morning at the Holy Sepulchre

Like many other sites in the Holy Land, the Church of the Holy Sepluchre is a tourist destination in daylight. But come early morning, it’s a tranquil place for pilgrimage, and tells the story of how Christianity began nearly 2,000 years ago.


Violence returns to Jerusalem

Violence returns to Jerusalem

After three years of relative calm, a serious terror attack strikes Jerusalem.


Witnessing a Jerusalem bombing

Witnessing a Jerusalem bombing

Both Arabs and Israelis point to bullet holes in Old City walls, each one a testament to a war, a skirmish, a killing. These holes are never filled; they are preserved as monuments to deaths gone by.


At al-Aqsa, the least expected sermon

At al-Aqsa, the least expected sermon

Reporter Zahra Raja reflects on hearing her first sermon at the al-Aqsa mosque; hearing a Friday sermon at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque for the first time is a shock for anyone who’s ever listened to preachers in the Arab world.


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.