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Jerusalem Sky: Stars, Crosses and Crescents    by Mark Podwal order for
Jerusalem Sky
by Mark Podwal
Order:  USA  Can
Doubleday, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

Mark Podwal writes of the Jerusalem sky in lyrical prose, alongside the vibrant hues of his textured, well-known paintings. The ancient city is home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and Podwal addresses the base beliefs of the three religions.

Legend tells that King Solomon built a Temple while the rains held off for seven years (coming down only at night); the Bible tells of a shining star in the sky announcing the birth of Jesus. Islam's Muhammad is believed to have ascended to heaven 'on a stairway of light'. The sounds of worshippers are heard from the surrounding landscape, and sent up from synagogues (stars), churches (crosses), and mosques (crescent moons). Jerusalem has seventy names, and is called the City of Peace, though it has been torn apart and rebuilt seventeen times. Yet, every gust of wind, clouds in winter, springtime breezes, and summer rainbow 'is said to be born in the Jerusalem sky'.

Podwal's book is inspirational and informative, saying 'people from everywhere ... gather in the city ... with prayers for peace and miracles, all addressed to one God, hope lights the Jerusalem sky'. The author's statement, 'Perhaps possessing Jerusalem is like trying to own the sky' is thought-provoking. Jerusalem Sky is a picture book for all ages.

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