In the past few weeks, I’ve been running an online celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. I shared different people’s “Jerusalem Moments” – the images, stories, and vignettes that capture Jerusalem as they experience it.
Today I shared two very different essays, one about Jerusalem’s tech scene and the organizations that help charedi Jews join it, and one about the way terror impacts life in Jerusalem.
When I went over these posts this morning, I realized that they’re not simply different. They represent two opposing ways of life, and their juxtaposition highlights the deep contrast between what we’re trying to build here and what our enemies are doing in response.
It highlights the contrast between creativity — and pointless destruction.
It highlights the contrast between thinking out of the box and daring to seek new (technological and social) paths — and doing the same horrible thing over and over again, as if the result will ever change. As if it will solve anything.
And it highlights the contrast between social responsibility and mutual help — and unvarnished hatred.
This contrast made me proud of the creative and constructive people around me. It made me proud of those friends of mine who try to build and think out of the box and form bridges when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, too.
And it made me sad, because the people who choose the path of destruction make it that much harder for the bridges to succeed.
If you are interested in sharing your own Jerusalem Moments via the site, send them my way via Jerusalemmoments@gmail.com (with a short bio and a headshot) BEFORE May 15th. You can follow the project via Facebook and Twitter for updates, essays, pictures and writing prompts!