Share your Jerusalem Moments!
Jerusalem brings together many grand narratives, but we experience it first and foremost through the little moments, encounters, and daily scenes that make it come to life. In the fifty days leading up to the 50th Yom Yerushalayim (from April 5th to May 24th 2017), www.jerusalem-moments.com will become a tapestry of moments; sharing what we experience here, and celebrating real-life Jerusalem in all its quirky glory. Would you like to share your own favorite/intriguing/thought provoking Jerusalem moments and join the celebration?
A Jerusalem Moment can be...
Some pictures tell stories, and in Jerusalem, there are many stories to tell. Send your pictures our way and let them share this city with the world!
We want to hear your short (between one line and several paragraphs) personal narratives that invite us to encounter Jerusalem as you experience it.
Send us your poetry, your creative videos, your old Facebook posts, or anything else that comes to mind. Jerusalem is a surprising sort of place, and we will try to help you share your surprising creations.
My MC Escher Home
Maybe you already know this, but I spend half the week living in the Old City in Jerusalem.
Right now, I'm staying in this place in the Christian Quarter that looks like the kind of building MC Escher would design if he moved to Jerusalem and got really fkn high on hash and started gluing shit together.
It's a tower made of glass and stone and metal and wood, and it's a unicorn of a building that looks like it might blow over, and yet it's so strong that it has endured 700 years, through blistering sun, and desert wind, and freezing hail and sieges and wars and uprisings, too.
Once I sat on the steps by David’s Tower with two heavy baskets at my side. A guide told a group of tourists: “You see that man with the baskets? Just right of his head there’s an arch from the Roman period.” Redemption will come only if their guide tells them, “You see that arch from the Roman period? It’s not important. But next to it, left and down a bit, there sits a man who’s bought fruit and vegetables for his family.”
Disney in the Holy Land
Jerusalem is that moment when you end up in East Jerusalem by mistake, and you are a little bit scared but also rather fascinated. Everything is just so different from the area you know and love, an area which is less than one hundred feet, but more than worlds, away.
Before you can fully catalogue the differences, however, you realize that two things are exactly the same:
Sultan Suleiman's walls, stretching broad and confident beside the road... And, as your 3-year-old daughter points out in a shout that is pure, explosive, joy, an "Anna and Elsa!!!!!" poster.
Because ancient stones, and Frozen, trump divides.
(Rachel Sharansky Danziger)
As a result of the historic catastrophe in which Titus of Rome destroyed Jerusalem and Israel was exiled from its land, I was born in one of the cities of the Exile. But always I regarded myself as one who was born in Jerusalem. In a dream, in a vision of the night, I saw myself standing with my brother-Levites in the Holy Temple, singing with them the songs of David, King of Israel... God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem. I returned to Jerusalem, and it is by virtue of Jerusalem that I have written all that God has put into my heart and into my pen.
How to share your moments:
Please send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a short bio in the third person and a head shot.
Please submit original content only. While you may send us your entries at any point between now and the end of the project (May 24th), we would prefer that you submit before April 5th so that we can process it in time. Multiple submissions are welcome. We regret that we will not be able to publish all submissions, but we will try and get back to you in a timely manner.
For inquiries contact Rachel Sharansky Danziger at email@example.com