By Heather O.
It’s Shabat, and we are out of shekels. We spent our last 10 shekels on the cab we took to church. We were trying to walk there, but it was raining, so we got a little desperate. But being Shabat, we can’t change any money, so we’re chilling at home. I thought I’d catch up on some photos, though. (Since some of you said you care.)
Here is the tapestry from the Knesset, by Chagall. I’m not the biggest fan in the world of Chagall, but there’s no denying the tapestries he did are impressive. Woven, not painted, I’d imagine the sheer power of the work would make even the most snobbish art critic swoon:
His mosiacs were awesome too.
Here is the Garden Tomb. There’s a good amount of evidence to suggest that not only is this NOT Christ’s tomb, but that it isn’t even the right century to be Christ’s tomb. Still, a lovely spot, and one that is nice for quiet spiritual reflection:
The Old City at sunset:
On the Bethlehem side of the separation barrier. There are members of the Church in Bethlehem who are not permitted to enter Israel, and therefore can not go the church at the Jerusalem Center:
The alleged spot where Christ was born. It’s in a sort of underground grotto inside a church, and I had to take this picture 3 times before I got one without somebody in it. We were literally shoulder to shoulder in a tight, dark, stifling space. Notice the basket of American dollars to the side. Not totally sure what that’s about…:
Can you see why I prefer the Garden Tomb? Nature, baby. That’s where it’s at.
“And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them!”:
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock at night.” I think the word ‘field’ is a little optimistic, don’t you?
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