Thanksgiving in Zion, 2018
Pico Iyer, a contemporary essayist and novelist best known for his travel writing, is credited with having said about Jerusalem…
I would never call [it] beautiful or comfortable or consoling. But there’s something about it that you can’t turn away from.
But Jerusalem is beautiful, comfortable and often even consoling in the eyes of thousands of Americans, Jew and Gentile, who have crossed much more than the Atlantic to inhabit the Land.
Especially at Thanksgiving. Because it’s our day.
Thanksgiving, the uniquely American holiday, is perhaps our only pursuit in Israel upon which daily struggles with language, impatience and the abundant contradictions of this place pale to insignificance. Why this is so is not complex. At Thanksgiving, we just don’t care.
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