When one visits a city to see the important “sites” there are things you miss in the every day world of the residents. Of course, a city like Jerusalem is full of subtle life elements that an ordinary visitor would certainly miss. Traveling in a country like Israel that is full of history, past and present is always with you. One does not take a step without thinking about what is underfoot from ancient times, how people incorporate the ancient with the new, how people make their faith meaningful for the modern world we live in, all questions that come up daily in this place.
For those of us who live on the North Coast of California we often are confronted with when something is “home” and when it’s a “tourist destination.” When we live in a place, we often don’t see the sites that visitors do and vice versa. And sometimes the places we hold dear, holy, or pristine become tourist destinations in spite of our efforts.