It has been my privilege to be in the Holy Land twice -- once just before I turned 13 and once in 2012 on a 10-day Jewish-Christian study tour to Israel that I helped to lead.
Well, those friends and you now have another chance, though without me going with you. But you'll be led by my two friends who helped to lead the 2012 study tour to Israel, Father Gar Demo, rector of St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in suburban Kansas City, and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn, co-author of my last book and spiritual leader of Temple Israel of Greater Kansas City.
They have scheduled a trip for this November. For the itinerary, pricing and other details, see this pdf: Download Cukierkorn Rabbi Jacques NOV 2014 FLY
For many reasons my schedule doesn't work in November to go back to Israel, but I can tell you that you are in for a marvelous treat if you accompany Gar and Jacques.
The Holy Land is sacred to the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and it will change your perspective about all of them to spend time in modern Israel. When we were there in April 2012 we also benefited from having both Christians and Jews traveling together and learning from one another.
So if you've always wanted to make this trip, have a look at the details in the flyer. And enjoy here a few photos that I took on my last trip there.
(The top photo shows the dove of peace above the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, looking for a place to land. The photo at left is of Caesarea. The photo on the right shows the Dead Sea. And the bottom photo was taken from the Golan Heights looking into Syria.)
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FAITH HELPS KEEP US DIVIDED?
Why is our society so polarized? The author of this interesting piece thinks religion has something to do with it, among other factors. And as you can tell by some of the comments in response to it, the article produced polarized reactions.
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P.S.: My latest National Catholic Reporter column now is online. To read it, click here.