We are playthings in the hands of time, dancing to music that is not our own. -- Khalilullah Khalili
Monday, December 26, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Too much holiday spirit?
A group of about 5 women from work are walking the hallways and singing Merry Christmas carrols this morning. They're not especially good, and the whole thing is a bit amusing.
Religion in the workplace is a no-no, but in my view going out into the hallway to marvel at grown professional women singing songs in the middle of a busy day, provides a welcome respite from the daily routine.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Photos from my trip to Istanbul and Israel below!
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Fun times :)
Our Muslim cousins
I must say I have seen few things more beautiful, more impressive, more glorious than the mosques of Istanbul.
A post-Ramadan fair gets going outside the mosque. Lots of books on sale, including -- of course -- some wonderful Nazi titles, with swastias and magen davids...
That shouldn't stop us from admiring the ceiling:
The women's section, behind the "mehitza". That's in the Fatih mosque:
The Blue Mosque had the women's section up on the balcony:
Chanting the prayer for the sick..:
Streets of Istanbul
"Mister, would you like some hairspray? Or, perhaps, I can interest you in a handgun?"
These rabbits are supposed to predict your fortune by picking up one of those little papers. In my near future, the rabbit said, a $350 little Persian carpet, 30 minutes after this shot. I have no idea what I'm going to do with that carpet, but I just couldn't resist the sales pitch, which included the owner feeding me green tea to warm me up on a damp November night.
They LOVE their flags inTurkey!
Finally, below are photos from my amazing trip to Israel over Sukkot.
Coming up soon on this space: San Francisco!
All in one
Can all of today's Israel be summed up in one photo? No, but I LOVED the many ironies of this little piece of the old Jewish Quarter:
Here it is in full detail:
Note the entrance to the ancient Roman street on the right, the Habad Road sign, with Arabic letters wiped out, the Israeli flag in the window above, wiped out as well, with the orange ribbon.