By Jackie Feldman
For lots of Evangelical Christians, a visit to the Holy Land is an essential component of working towards their religion. Arriving in teams, almost all these pilgrims are guided by way of Jewish Israeli travel publications. For greater than 3 many years, Jackie Feldman—born into an Orthodox Jewish relations in ny, now an Israeli citizen, student, and authorized guide—has been prime excursions, examining Biblical landscapes, and fielding questions about faith and present politics. during this booklet, he attracts on pilgrimage and tourism reviews, his personal studies, and interviews with different publications, Palestinian drivers and trip brokers, and Christian pastors to check the advanced interactions in which publications and travelers "co-produce" the Bible Land. He uncovers the implicit politics of commute brochures and spiritual souvenirs. Feldman asks what it ability while Jewish-Israeli courses get stuck up of their personal performances or perform Christian rituals, and displays on how his interactions with Christian travelers have replaced his realizing of himself and his perspectives of faith.
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Extra resources for A Jewish Guide in the Holy Land: How Christian Pilgrims Made Me Israeli
102 As for the pilgrims’ reception, though I have done my best to record the questions of the pilgrim sitting in the tenth row, this book is primarily a view Guided Holy Land Pilgrimage | 35 from the front of the bus. Recently, Hillary Kaell and Donna Young have provided two poignant views from the back of the tour bus. 104 I believe, however, that my own conflicted choices and life circumstances and my experience guiding groups of many nationalities and denominations will reveal things along the road that might otherwise escape the sight of the pilgrim, even one who has been to the Holy Land several times.
Even when players attempt to assume a well-defined role – Christian pilgrim or Jewish guide – the action mode of bodily performance and the significance sedimented in land and Bible pull toward a unity-in-difference. Even profound theological, national, and political differences between the performers that may surface in pilgrimage are a function of the guide’s and group’s ability to inhabit a shared space of significance and performance. 10 Of course, what pilgrims get out of their voyage depends greatly on what they bring with them and on the continuities of the experiences of pilgrimage in their home religious life on their return.
Pilgrims or Tourists? I have often visited the Holy Sepulchre with groups of British or American Evangelicals who witness the practices of the Russian Orthodox pilgrims as they prostrate themselves, weep, and embrace the Stone of Unction, before emptying their shopping bags of souvenirs on it, so that each item may receive blessing from contact with the slab. ” they hem and haw in their efforts to find a formulation they can live with. Those who prostrate themselves with tear-filled devotion at the Stone of Unction may spend the next day smearing mud on their bodies at the Dead Sea or shopping in the marketplace, only to return to the Holy Sepulchre for vespers.