A little magic wouldn’t hurt …

I finally got around to reading Harry Potter book series. The books have been collecting dust on my shelf for a bit less than a year. Fortunately, during the month of Ramadan we have a reduced work schedule and we go home early. I’m taking this opportunity to get some reading done rather than watching boring TV series or facebooking 🙂

Besides enjoying the books immensely, I have been wondering what it would be like if we had magical powers and how we would use them. I can think of a few things 😉 On the other hands, how can we have a little magic in our life, even without magical powers?

I say, smile .. smile .. smile! No matter how grim things get, a little smile on your face makes you feel a bit warmer inside and has even a bigger effect on people around you.

Enjoy your day, and don’t forget to smile!

— Jack Rabah

Bethlehem, there will definitly be a second round!

Today I had an opportunity to drive to Bethlehem with some friends for some church related errands. It sounded like a good opportunity to visit a few sites and take some photos. Unfortunately, there were too many tourists at the Church of Nativity, and it was difficult to take nice photos there. There was a really long cue of tourists waiting to descend downstairs to see the manger and the Star of Bethlehem  and we didn’t have much time to spend there … 😦

After finishing our quick tour of Manger Square, we drove towards St. Saba Monastery. The drive was very scenic, but the Monastery was closed 😦 Apparently they close on Wednesdays and Fridays — tough luck! So, definitely there will be a second round!

Here are some photos from today:

Church of Nativity

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Church of St. Katrina

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Katrina, Manger Square, Bethlehem

St. Saba Monastery & Surroundings

St. Saba Monastery & Surroundings

St. Saba Monastery & Surroundings

St. Saba Monastery & Surroundings

St. Saba Monastery & Surroundings

St. Saba Monastery & Surroundings

St. Saba Monastery & Surroundings

— Jack Rabah

The Glass Maker

As part of preserving heritage, we need to give attention to crafts and craftspeople. Their skills should not die with them, but should be developed to create new forms of crafts. A complete section of Heritage Week at Birzeit was dedicated to crafts including live shows by glass makers, pottery makers, and other craftspeople. A good example is the traditional glass-blower, here are a few photos I took recently:

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

Traditional making of glass objects through blowing.

 

— Jack Rabah