Jerusalem: Why Bother?

A gate in Jerusalem's Baka neighborhood. Photo by Genevieve Belmaker, republication with permission.
A gate in Jerusalem’s Baka neighborhood. Photo by Genevieve Belmaker, republication with permission.

People are always asking me what the big deal about Jerusalem is. I always ask them how long they have to talk about it. Jerusalem is one of those places that is like no other place, and the only way to begin to understand such a place is to experience it with your own eyes and ears.

Even after you see it, you won’t understand it, though. Nobody does. The best you can hope for is to understand part of this place which is more historic entity than city.

Check back here throughout the rest of 2018 as I work on the second edition of Moon Handbooks’ “Israel and the West Bank” for insights into Jerusalem (and way beyond) – the people, and clues for how to understand it.

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