How to Pray for Peace of Jerusalem

The following prayer points were sent out by Rev. David Pileggi at Christ Church Jerusalem, where I serve. That God will pour out his peace and the bloodshed will come to an end. For God’s protection of human life – in every community. For the Palestinian press that has been inciting the public with wildly exaggerated reports and untruthful stories. For the few politicians (on both sides) who are cynically using the unrest for their […]

Daily attacks leave Israelis looking over their shoulders

Tension continues to rise in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel as knife attacks continue. The week started with a botched car bombing that killed the female bomber and injured a vigilant police officer. I didn’t even remember that happened last Sunday because so much has happened since. What follows is a partial list published by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It seems they haven’t updated their list since Wednesday. October 11 – Maaleh […]

Sandstorm ushering in High Holy Days

Tuesday morning Jerusalem — the whole of the Middle East — awoke to skies choked with sand. The sun was darkened and visibility was maybe a quarter of mile. After Wednesday when the air was hardly improved, we learned this storm may last through the weekend. We are in the last week of the Hebrew month of Elul. Tishrei and new Jewish New Year begin Sunday night with the Feast of Trumpets, which is the […]

Smoke rises from Wadi Joz in east Jerusalem. The author could not find a media report to explain the event.

What kind of city of this?

I love Jerusalem. As a friend reminds me, the city is sealed on my heart. I ache when I am not here. Still, sometimes, I marvel at its idiosyncrasies. That’s almost too mild a word. This place can be weird. It’s a city of conflict and coexistence. That’s just one paradox. Most of times, I can smile, shrug and say, “That’s Jerusalem.”  Not today.