Busy time and feeling so sad this morning,
but taking a minute to share an old favorite.
שבת שלום וחג שמח
Like every year, the Sukkot holiday is a busy time
in Jerusalem, Israel.
There is so much to prepare,
and great concentration is invested in
every little detail.
I set out to find something new and different,
from the best of sukkot of the past years,
to add to favorite sukkot of Sukkot.
The view from the sukkah on the Tayelet,
the Haas Promenade, was one of the best.
This huge sukkah under construction in the Kotel plaza,
the Western Wall, was impressive.
Large cloth sukkot line many streets.
In the Rova, the Jewish Quarter of the Old City,
in front of the Hurva Synagogue
stands an impressive wooden sukkah.
The sukkah in the atrium of the Inbal Hotel
was decorated elegantly.
I caught the top of this sukkah in Yemin Moshe,
peeking over the roof tops.
There were impressive wooden structures.
some hidden away in the Geula neighborhood.
But where could I find special and different for this year?
I went on a pre-Sukkot photo walk on Friday morning.
We started out in Mea Shearim,
but on the way to Machane Yehuda market,
I made a mistake and turned up the wrong alleyway.
There I found what seemed to be another wooden sukkah,
with a pile of junk nearby.
one photo does not tell the whole story.
I was told that
people in the neighborhood had collected
all their old wooden doors and dressers and scraps of wood
and given them to a group of young yeshiva men
who were living in their neighborhood,
so they could build their own sukkah.
It may not be the biggest or the prettiest sukkah,
but it is one of my favorite stories.
Maybe the detour was not a mistake after all?
They posted this sign near the entrance:
הרחמן הוא יקים לנו את סוכת דוד הנפלת
May the Compassionate One restore the fallen sukkah of King David.
As the Kotel, Western Wall Plaza fills
with tens of thousands of people for the Birkat Kohanim
and Hakhel prayers this year,
the buses join in wishing everyone
The busy holiday season is well under way.
Before Rosh Hashana the heat and dirt
made it impossible to go outside,
and a few reminders are still around.
Shemitta is over
and public areas are ready for replanting.
Vendors of colorful Sukkah decorations have popped up all over.
But first, Yom Kippur is this week,
and huge crowds gathered nightly at the Kotel, the Western Wall,
for selihot prayers.
Last night there was a full house at the synagogue on the grounds
of Beit Hanassi, the Israeli President’s residence.
for a musical selihot service.
A large crowd was at First Station, Tachana Rishona,
for a special Piyut Festival event,
but piyut and Klezmer music and selihot can be found
in many more locations as well.
First Station has a new display of old paper newspapers
with 70 years of history at a glance.
Lego Land at First Station was quiet,
since there are no more summer late-night outings with the kids,
and it is back to school for ‘meet-the-teacher’ nights instead.
Kikar Safra, government square. is hosting
a huge sing-a-long for the start of the new year,
headlining popular singer Ehud Banai.
There is a new exhibit on women at the Islamic Museum,
and the Tower of David and others are set for the openings of
Plus, tonight is an open house at the
Jerusalem Bloomfield Science Museum.
Neighborhood festivals are continuing,
like this one on Derech Bet Lehem, Bethlehem Road.
Holiday visitors keep arriving from around the world.
The Jerusalem Parade, celebrating its 60th year,
will take place on October 1st,
and preparations are well under way for this international celebration.
Sukkot is always such a busy time with so much happening.
Now it is time to finish preparing for Yom Kippur.
The buses are well into the mood,
displaying a greeting to be sealed for a good year.
גמר חתימה תובה
Wishing all a good, healthy and peaceful year.
For a few more sounds of the season: