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Its interesting how different parts of this city are such polar opposites of themselves. There's a few sidestreets in the center of down that seem straight out of a movie. You feel like you're in the center of the club district of a huge city...probably BECAUSE YOU ARE. There's a hippie drum circle and the huge chain coffee shop next to the tiny mom and pop coffee shop . Walk a little further down and the guys at the subshop shout at you to buy a sandwhich because they're bored at 11:30 at night and the club kids wont be coming around for a while. And there's a soldier with a rifle at every corner and right in the center is the baddest of the bad, the Anti-Terror crew. They wear all black leather and are armed better than paranoid redneck who thinks zombies are out to get him. Thats Ben Yehuda.

Then theres Mea Shearim. You walk down those ever narrowing streets and you get a sense that you're not seeing the whole picture. You feel like theres something going on inside those buildings that could never be conveyed simply with the words "Beis Midrash." You step inside and it hits you. In the clubs at Ben Yehuda every guy wants something, and they'll go through you to get it. And in the Beis every guy wants something, but they want you to come along with them. Theirs is a search for something far more distant than what the guys in the clubs want. Theyre looking for the ever elusive Truth.

Its hidden somewhere in this city. You just have to go searching.
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supernova_7 From: supernova_7 Date: March 23rd, 2007 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Did I ever tell you that I went to Jerusalem for 2 weeks when I was younger?

I was probably 8 I think... 3rd grade or so, before I moved to Germantown. It's funny how different an experience you can have with a difference of a decade or so.

The area hadn't erupted into violence the way it did in the late 90's, there were no soldiers on every street corner.

My biggest fear was chicken pox (got it the day after we arrived) or getting lost in the market we always went to and not being able to find my way back to St. George's where my dad was staying.

In the market, I lost a stuffed animal pizza dude who turned inside out into his own oven.

I still have a t-shirt in my closet of snoopy dressed up with a jamulka and carrying the israeli flag.

A couple years later that market we shopped at was suicide bombed.
reddragon8802 From: reddragon8802 Date: April 19th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
My roommate is from Jerusalem. And I don't really have anything more of substance to say other than that (I should be writing a paper).
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