The community of believers form a sacred and holy space. When we understand that the community of faith is a dwelling place for God’s spirit, our differences and disagreements should pale compared to the Eternal living among us.
How could anyone defend a religion that would sanction the Crusades? How could Christians engage in such activities? Did the Crusades permanently damage Christian witness in the Middle East? As with most things in the Middle East, it’s complicated.
A few weeks ago, I had a very rare opportunity. I was able to go inside the Dome of the Rock to see the place where the Holy of Holies of the Temple once stood. For those not familiar with the background, let me provide a very brief (and incomplete) background. If you know the …
Yesterday capped the end of the High Holy Days celebrations. As one of my professors said, “The Holidays were great, but it’s great that they were!” (it sounds better in Hebrew). After the 8-day festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), comes Simchat Torah–“The Joy of the Torah.” The Torah (first five books of the Old …
The Old City of Jerusalem is divided into four quarters: the Jewish Quarter, the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Armenian Quarter. Each of these quarters has a unique vibe and personality. On top of that, each of them has their own holy site.
I am trying to get around to each of them to shoot a short video.
Here is my first attempt. This is probably the least recognized of all four holy sites in Jerusalem: the Cathedral of St. James the Apostle.