Saying Good-bye to Jerusalem
by Arlene Sarah Chernow
When I come to Jerusalem, there is always an important lesson.
Contrasts, conflict, ambiguity
All concepts that make me nervous,
I love in Jerusalem.
I want to solve it all today, on this trip;
I want peace
I want to be friends with the Arab jeweler, who tells me that I look like his sister
I want to know that it is safe for me, in a sleeveless dress to walk by myself
I want to stay forever
I want to relate to the Jewish woman with a wig and five children
I want her to accept me as a Jew.
Then comes another lesson from Jerusalem
Not today, not on this trip.
Arlene Chernow is an Outreach Specialist at the Union for Reform Judaism.