20.12.2011 24.Kislev. 5772
Sights and Insights: Bethlehem had a sordid beginning, but prophecy has immortalized it as the birthplace of Messiah.
Except for sporadic fistfights among the priests in the Church of the Nativity, we usually picture Bethlehem as a place of serenity.
After all, history reveals the city as the hometown of King David—and the adopted home of godly Ruth. Christians venerate the town as the birthplace of Jesus—an idyllic, quiet place with “silent stars” above it and “deep and dreamless sleep” within its walls. A pleasant picture, for sure….