An Old City

This little country that causes so much controversy in the media throughout the world is truly a remarkable place.  I go to the Old City in Jerusalem almost everyday to wonder around the streets. Within .9 square kilmometers Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all represented.  You have the Western Wall, Al Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  I am able to wonder the streets and explore at my own will.  And slowly I am trying to figure out this complicated country a little more each day.  Here is a glimpse of the everyday life that I have seen so far.

A Muslim woman stands in front of the Damascus Gate.  The Damascus Gate enters into the Muslim quarter of the Old City.

A Muslim woman stands in front of the Damascus Gate. The Damascus Gate enters into the Muslim quarter of the Old City.

Women sell vegetables at the entrance of the Damascus Gate.

Women sell vegetables at the entrance of the Damascus Gate.

Soldiers bow their heads at the Western Wall as there was a two minute moment of silence throughout Israel to commemorate the Fallen Israeli Soldiers on Memorial Day.

Soldiers bow their heads at the Western Wall as there was a two minute moment of silence throughout Israel to commemorate the Fallen Israeli Soldiers on Memorial Day.

A man in the Old City sits on the ground fixing his tire for his cart.

A man in the Old City sits on the ground fixing his tire for his cart.

A man entertains a boy as he waits for his clothes to be fixed in the Old City.

A man entertains a boy as he waits for his clothes to be fixed in the Old City.

Three friends walk and chat in the Muslim quarter of the Old City.

Three friends walk and chat in the Muslim quarter of the Old City.

Women place their hands and pray on a holy stone at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre located in the old City.

Women place their hands and pray on a holy stone at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre located in the old City.

Orthodox Jewish children play in the Jewish quarter of the Old City.

Orthodox Jewish children play in the Jewish quarter of the Old City.

Small Orthodox Jewish boys play on couches that were left out in the Jewish quarter of the Old City

Small Orthodox Jewish boys play on couches that were left out in the Jewish quarter of the Old City

A Woman bows and prays in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

A Woman bows and prays in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

A woman holds a candle during the Ethiopian Easter celebration in the Old City.

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Women of the Wall take 2

This past Friday Women of the Wall was out again praying at the Western Wall.  The difference this time was that for the first time in history they were allowed to be wearing Tallit (traditional prayer shawls, traditionally worn by men) and put on Tefillin.  For the first time the police were protecting the women rather then arresting them. The orthodox community is not happy with the court decision to allow women to wear tallit and tefillin at the Kotel, so they organized a protest.  There were thousands of Orthodox that were bused in the morning the Women of the Wall were supposed to pray.  The idea was that if there were enough Orthodox Jews at the Kotel then the Women would have no place to pray.  The police acted as borders in order to separate the two communities.  So while the Orthodox Jews were throwing coffee and food and trying to brake the human police shield Women of the Wall were able to pray in “peace”.  There were 1000s of people there and it was literally one of the craziest things I have ever experienced in my entire life.

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