In an area probably more used to storms of the sandy variety, Jerusalem was blanketed with an inch of snow yesterday (hey, it's a lot for them). Residents seem to be taking it in stride--"The snow brings people together," said Oded Goldberger, 19, wearing a hat and gloves. "It's something really special."
As the site of some of the most famous religious monuments in the world, Jerusalem is rarely out of the news. But sometimes you'll find yourself wishing you had a little context to help you understand the deeper sentiments behind what goes on there. To wit, we're happy to present Simon Goldhill's Jerusalem: City of Longing, coming out this May. In this book, Simon Goldhill takes on this peculiar archaeology of human imagination, hope, and disaster to provide a tour through the history of this most image-filled and ideology-laden city—from the bedrock of the Old City to the towering roofs of the Holy Sepulchre. Along the way, we discover through layers of buried and exposed memories—the long history, the forgotten stories, and the lesser-known aspects of contemporary politics that continue to make Jerusalem one of the most embattled cities in the world.