Jerusalem Notebook

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“We Do Not Describe Jerusalem—We Interpret It”: Raed Saadeh and His Model of Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a mosaic of faiths, cultures, and communities, so much larger than the labels given to it.

Who Are the Palestinians of Jerusalem? Crafting Arabesques in Jerusalem

A retired Jerusalemite writer and researcher creates his own Arab architecture museum in Ras al-Amud.

Spiritual and Religious Life The Splendor of Eid al-Fitr in Jerusalem, Despite the Sadness

A deep sadness cloaked the city, but the Eid al-Fitr rites were observed, including visiting the dead and saying prayers for their souls.

Spiritual and Religious Life Spiritual Jerusalem Unites Us

Jerusalemites observed Easter and Eid al-Fitr during the same week, but a deep sadness hung over the city.

Spiritual and Religious Life al-Barazeq al-Maqdisi, a Ramadan Treat

Nowhere can you find barazeq as scrumptious as you find it in Jerusalem during Ramadan.

Spiritual and Religious Life Praying in al-Aqsa Mosque as an Act of Patriotism

This year, Ramadan prayer is being seen through a different lens.

Spiritual and Religious Life George Sahhar: Attending Easter in Jerusalem Is a Commitment to Preserve the City’s Living Mosaic

“Everybody will be able to come to Jerusalem from anywhere they want and celebrate in Jerusalem.”

Spiritual and Religious Life “I Cried When I Entered al-Aqsa”: A Bethlehem-Area Farmer Enters Jerusalem for the First Time in over a Year

The second Friday of Ramadan passes peacefully; worshippers rejoice at finally being allowed to enter their holy site.