Night 1: Every People Under Heaven

My final night in New York was both Christmas Eve and First Night of Hanukkah – a very festive filled day and night. I visited The Met for 3rd time, to finally see the exhibition ‘Jerusalem: Every People Under Heaven 1000 – 1400’.

This exhibit was a historical perspective of the Holy City and the peoples who inhabited it. There were many books on display with incredible calligraphy in Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin. The Gold-leaf paintings were breathtaking.

Qur’an of Sultan Babars II @ Jerusalem Every People Under Heaven

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Jerusalem Every People Under Heaven

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While walking through the glass displays of books, several people read the Hebrew texts out loud, and then translate for interpretation of the authentic manuscripts.

Puppies in the Snow – Nagaswa Rosetsu (Edo period)

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Before being kicked out of the museum, I spent some time wandering the Asian wing finally. I marveled at all of the ink landscapes and Ukiyo-e paintings of geisha. The many sculptures of Buddha and Bodhisattva were a sight to see. Some were just larger than life.

Christmas carols on Christmas Eve

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As the sun set, I headed to Washington Park to listen to the Christmas caroling under the Washington Arch.

Subway Reggae Hava Nagila

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I headed back to TimeSquare and 5th Ave to see the Rockefeller tree and ice skaters one last time. As I walked toward Central Park, the number of SWAT by the Trump Tower had increased and made me feel uncomfortable.

World’s Largest Menorah, Night 1

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Finally I made it to my destination next to the Apple Store and Snapchat building to see the lighting of the World’s Largest Menorah (about 33 ft tall). I waited out in the cold for about an hour, but finally the rabbis of the Chabad commenced the ceremony, and the  New York Ambassador to Israel gave a speech, mostly talking about the events of the day before regarding the US not supporting Israel at United Nations decision.

Night 1 @ World’s Largest Menorah

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Tomorrow I go to Israel!

Happy Holidays, everyone!