התקדמותו של צליין or reflections on a pilgrimage 3

Christ was not known for being critical, but many Christians are. Christ was not characterized by a judgmental attitude, but Christians have a reputation for it. Christ gained a reputation for hanging out with sinners, but Christians commonly avoid the same. The word Christian means "Little Christ," or Christ-like, but we just can't seem to... Continue Reading →

Pilgrimage IX

Music changes perception. I listen to a lot of music, and lots of types of music, and when I studied in London I would walk through the streets on my way to this class or that tour, with earbuds on. Sometimes. Sometimes I did not, just to hear the music of the voices and cars... Continue Reading →

Pilgrimage VIII

As Mr. Twain pointed out in "Innocents," every rock, thorn, bush, brick and fragment of masonry in Jerusalem has a story behind it. Often, it doesn't have just a story even - it also has a church, mosque, basilica or shrine built over it. The tree from which the wood allegedly came to build the... Continue Reading →

Pilgrimage VII

Alternative Title: No Room inn the Cab. We started our day by walking through the Moslem cemetery on one side of the city wall to enter the Lions Gate to find the Pool of Bethesda, which is close to the Sheep Gate. The Lions Gate is also known as St. Stephen's Gate, as they say... Continue Reading →

Pilgrimage VI

Yes, that's a real camel, and yes I'm riding it with no one leading it, on the Mount of Olives, and yes that is really Jerusalem in the back ground. But no, I didn't travel by camel - I took the middle eastern equivalent to a pony ride at the circus. Last night was more... Continue Reading →

Pilgrimage V

"The David Hotel" on the Dead Sea. I went down to the workout room at 7 am, only to be told in an ancient, foreign-to-me tongue that it is only open to women until 8.  I limped over to the dining hall for some breakfast only to be surrounded and mentally accosted by a horde... Continue Reading →

Pilgrimage IV

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being several ages. - William Shakespeare, As You like It, Act II Yesterday for lunch I enjoyed a very local meal of "St. Peter's Fish"... Continue Reading →

Pilgrimage III

I was awakened this morning by a tweeting sound and looked out the window to view the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee and the hills just around it. I re-injured my ankle yesterday, twisting it in a rock crevice of the ancient bleachers on the south end of the Caesarea Hippodrome, where the chariot... Continue Reading →

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