Happy Easter to all who celebrate! Last year, I wrote this article about a trip to Jerusalem with my friend from law school and our experience in the Holy Land from Catholic and Jewish perspectives (excerpt below). Impressions from this year's Easter celebration to come soon, inshallah. Here also are some other articles that may be of interest: Douthat on why secular liberals should go to church, my reflections on Holy Week and Passover, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Christ having "skin in the game" in this article.
In the Upper Room, along the Via Dolorosa, in the prison of Christ, and standing atop a building with a view over the magnificent Old City, I began to recount the biblical stories of my childhood: Jesus predicting Judas’ betrayal at the Last Supper, the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate declaring Jesus the King of the Jews and then washing his hands of the matter, Veronica wiping his face as he carried the cross, Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt and into the promised land. Throughout the city, walls rest on older walls, Romanesque, Byzantine, and Gothic architectural elements exist side by side, and the faiths and customs of civilizations are celebrated together, often within the same structures. In these places, the past emerges as part of the present, and the stories I once knew by heart seem so immediate.