Saturday, December 25
By Delegate Sandy Rosenberg
The outer walls of the Old City of Jerusalem are from “only the 1500’s,” our guide told us at the start of today’s tour. By contrast, the site of the City of David is just outside those walls and now a disputed neighborhood among Israelis and Palestinians. Archaeological evidence from King David’s time has been found in the 14th of 21 layers of civilizations.
In another neighborhood outside the “new” outer walls, what was undesirable real estate in West Jerusalem and made available to the Reform Jewish movement because it was too close to the border between Israel and Jordan from 1948-67 when bullets were flying, is now very valuable property.
Inside the Old City of Jerusalem, in the Jewish Quarter, on sites where properties were destroyed by the Jordanians, houses now sit in pylons to preserve the archaeological sites underneath.
An older outer wall of the City has been found in the midst of the Jewish Quarter. (There are also Muslim, Christian, and Armenian Quarters.) It reminds me that North Ave. was once the northern boundary of Baltimore.
Cities expand their borders as their populations grow. In Jerusalem that has happened over millennia and in the midst of fighting among and within the three monotheistic faiths.
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected, is on the site of the Temple of Aphrodite. The current demarcations between Christian faiths i
Merry Christmas and Shabbat Shalom!