Temples and Tourists

I always saw pictures of Westerners in Thailand at temples with their hands folded--what to me seemed like a hokey pose that didn't seem particularly respectful. That is, until I found myself there getting suckered into the very same things.

Gaudí, light, and the holy spirit

When I was 18, I went to Israel as part of a Birthright trip. I was raised as a reform Jew, pretty relaxed and unorthodox, although my parents are by no means non-believers. At 18, I was definitely going through my jaded atheist phase. As part of the trip, we went to Jerusalem and visited …