Having grown up my whole life in a town fairly lacking in religious diversity, and even going to college at a church-sponsored school, my exposure to the various religions of the world has been fairly, shall we say, limited. I have always been curious about them, but I have never really been able to see them in practice.
Coming to Jerusalem was like going straight into a Calculus class without having taken any math classes before. Without understanding even something as basic as algebra. I come here, barely knowing what a kippa was, but without the least clue as to why they would wear one. I knew what the Western Wall was, but had no idea why is was so important.
Talk about a learning curve.
I found this poem, which I think tries to address the multitude of "sounds" that come from every one of these different religions, cultures, beliefs and traditions. But despite the less-than-normal occurance of having all of these found in the same place, and all practiced with such devotion, they all combine together to make a remarkable harmony of faith and devotion in God, whatever their individual view of him might be.
Jerusalem - Nizar Qabbani