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.
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.
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.
As the sun set, I headed to Washington Park to listen to the Christmas caroling under the Washington Arch.
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.
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.
Tomorrow I go to Israel!
Happy Holidays, everyone!