Continuing on with April A to Z Challenge - sorry in advance for the photo overload!
U is for Unseen
Have you ever been somewhere and felt totally unnoticed or totally unseen? I actually noted an event in my little travel journal that was quite bizarre. I was in the restaurant of the hotel in Jerusalem one morning and I was totally ignored by the wait staff. They were all men and I watched them bustle around serving other tables but not a single one approached my table. Breakfast is served buffet style so I had food but no one ever asked if I needed coffee (which I didn’t) or any other thing. Not one of them even looked at me. It was the weirdest thing! Has anyone else ever experienced something like that?
Since I was unseen . . .I have no photos :-)
U is for Upper Room
I’ve told y’all a million times about things that were my favorite but this one was NOT. It was fine and interesting but for some reason it was a tad disappointing to me. When I read I have a tendency to make pictures in my head of what something should look like. On both trips, I tried to go with no expectations – no preconceived notions but I couldn’t shake them for this space. I know that this space has been rebuilt on top of whatever used to be there so I wasn't expecting "original" - it just wasn't what I thought it would be. One cool thing is that they told us the tomb of King David is underneath the building!
statue of king david who is
missing his nose
someone did this to him!
|people praying in King David's tomb|
The Last Supper was taken, according to old belief, in the big room below. One Byzantine column still stands from the Crusader reconstruction. There is a pillar in one of the corners which has a pelican motif. What does a pelican have to do with the upper room? An old story says that the pelicans bill has a crimson tip, and the contrast of this red tip against the white breast probably gave rise to the tradition that the bird tore her own breast to feed her young with the blood. Since we celebrate the Lord’s Supper using grape juice or wine which represents the blood of Christ, I guess this is the stretch between the two.
above and below - shots of the pelicans on the pillar
U is for Ultra Religious
Our tour guide used this reference often – Ultra Religious Jews. I read on one website that these gentleman do not like to be called Ultra Religious or Ultra Orthodox. If this is so, someone please tell me. I certainly would never want to offend anyone.
This is from the Jewish Center for Public Affairs:
Israel's Jews are not divided into two groups but into four: ultra-Orthodox, religious Zionists, traditional Jews, and secular. Some 8 percent are ultra-Orthodox. These are the strangely (to Western eyes) garbed, black hatted Jews who are featured in all the pictures, despite the fact that they represent only 8 percent of Israel's Jewish population. Both years of travel, our flight from Newark to Tel Aviv and back, was populated with many Ultra Orthodox or Ultra Religious Jews. These are the men in the big black hats and big black coats with “boxes” on their arms. These “boxes” are Tefillin. They are actually two small black boxes with black straps attached to them. Jewish men are required to place one box on their head and tie the other one on their arm each weekday morning. This practice comes from the scripture, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your might. Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day. Impress them upon your children. Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a frontlet between your eyes. (translation from Jewish Virtual Library . . .which has been a great resource).
The flight from Newark to Tel Aviv is about 12 hours and these gentlemen are up and down several times during the night praying.