|screen shot from www.goisrael.com|
The Jerusalem of 135 (final expulsion of the Jews by Hadrian), or 614 (arrival of the Persians), or 1099 (arrival of the Crusaders), or 1187 (departure of the Crusaders), or 1516 (arrival of the Ottomans), or 1917 (the arrival of Allenby), and the spaces and stories thereof, will seem more familiar to me than anything contemporary that I will see. How can that be? It can only be true in an imagined sense - it's the familiarity of thought, nothing more. So I think with wonder about my dear student Shani who is living in Tel Aviv and has just joined an ensemble that sings only in Hebrew and which has asked her to sing "La Vie en Rose" ("HaChaim BeVarod") for an upcoming concert. Won't take be great?
Also: there is humor. Now for this to appear funny, it will help to know about "Angry Birds," the 99cent iPhone game out of Finland which has been purchased over 30 million times, and which is being played by millions of people as I write this. The plot line is simple: the pigs have the birds' eggs and the birds want their eggs back damnit. And who knew that therein lay an Israeli-Palestinian peace process parody?
So you see, I know nothing about where I'm going. But I can't wait to get there.