Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler: Jerusalem

About This Episode


Sukkot, or the Feast of the Tabernacles, is one of three festivals in the Jewish calendar when Jews from across Israel were commanded to come to the Temple in Jerusalem on pilgrimage. Although the pilgrimage has lessened in importance, Christian pilgrims began coming to Jerusalem and the Holy Land within centuries of Jesus’ death. During the week of Sukkot, host Bruce Feiler travels to Israel with Jewish and Christian pilgrims, and returns to his own Jewish roots.

Whether walking with Christian pilgrims on the Jesus Trail or exploring the past with scholars of the three faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – who share Jerusalem, Bruce reveals a land where religious and historical divisions have made it the most contentious place on earth. Bruce also reveals why Jerusalem has been a center of pilgrimage for so long. In spite of its long and turbulent history, it remains a city of faith for all who worship the One God who is the God of Moses, of Jesus and of Muhammad.

Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler is an unprecedented journey to the world’s most meaningful landscapes and rigorous religious pilgrimages. The series presents a comprehensive picture of the practice of pilgrimage in its varied expressions around the globe, over thousands of years.