Shabbat of a Lifetime, a Unique Jerusalem Experience

Shabbat of a Lifetime, a Unique Jerusalem Experience

The Sabbath (or Shabbat) is a unique time in Jerusalem. Families come together and all work stops for twenty-four hours. One of the most important elements of the Sabbath is the Friday evening meal. I was privileged to experience this at first hand with Shabbat of a...
100 Presepi: A Christmas Exhibition in Rome

100 Presepi: A Christmas Exhibition in Rome

I first discovered presepi in Naples a few years ago. These are individually designed nativity scenes, a traditional Christmas decoration in Italian homes, but also found in churches and other public places. I thought of them as a southern Italian custom, but that was...
The Presepi of Italy: Traditional Christmas Cribs

The Presepi of Italy: Traditional Christmas Cribs

If you are in Italy at this time of year you will find presepi (nativity scenes) everywhere. Every church or public space will have its own intricately decorated Christmas crib. And in private homes families will be busy building their own cribs, as common in Italy as...
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