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.

View of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus

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.

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