The week of many suffganiot, donuts in Israel.
What a week this has been.
From as far away as Sydney, Australia,
we hear that an armed man “claiming political motivations”
something as simple as the cloud formations
against a blue sky can be appreciated.
Last Friday, coming from the Gush to Jerusalem, Israel,
we stopped for a traffic light.
The same as we have done many times.
That signal was installed after many traffic accidents.
We saw this police vehicle blocking our view,
and we heard a man scream, then he was down on the road.
As the security forces arrived in force,
it was clear this was no simple accident.
Acid (yes, vinegar is an acid!) was splashed on Israelis
by a terrorist and he had run to this spot.
I had been looking for cars involved,
but it was stopped a few meters away.
We got through quickly,
as the traffic in the other direcion stopped and backed up.
I sit here now,
watching a live news feed of a cafe in Australia,
under threat by a person with an ISIS flag.
We cannot be sure when or what will happen next!
Hanukkah is coming.
After finally deciding to spell it as spell check goes,
the Government Press Office is using Chanukah this year.
Oh well, people are getting their chanukiot, menorahs
ready to light.
As always I love the streets lights,
and signs filling the streets.
“A Great miracle happened here.”
The school holiday is shortened this year,
but the school extravaganza productions
are bigger and better and longer than ever.
Suffganiot, millions of all types of donuts and
fried foods will be consumed over the eight nights.
But also strawberry season has begun
and the markets are filled with the sweet red berries.
however you spell it,
the first candle is tomorrow night.
First it was the pouring rain that kept people off the streets.
Then the headlines of stabbings and violence
kept the Jerusalem, Israel, streets quieter.
Yesterday there was a double stabbing in a supermarket,
one in which Arabs work and shop along with Jews every day.
But when the heavy rains stopped and skies cleared,
people were still going to Ben Yehudah Mall.
At the gated and guarded campus of the religious college Machon Lev,
young men went to study science and technical courses.
Gan Ha’atzmaut, Independence Park,
was a vision of tranquility.
And after the rain, green covered the cleared plot of land
for the new National Library building,
with the Knesset in the background across the street.
And a little further down on the side of the busy road,
a man was getting ready to recite his morning prayers.
Traffic was light on the Begin Highway,
but clouds were heavy in sky above.
Not all was violent on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.
However, going back to biblical times,
there have been stories of abuse and violence,
even within the Jewish community.
This week over three very full days,
an International Conference was held dealing with those issues.
Hopefully this gathering of professionals and rabbis,
will be an important step on the way to reducing abuse and violence,
at least in some Jewish communities.
Meanwhile, a new music festival is planned on Gaza,
Azza Street that is.
It is called Go to Azza,
with music and arts for young people.
Now that should be something to see.
tonight is the start of Hamshushalayim,
hundreds of Jerusalem events and locations
over long weekends this month
at reduced prices.
Violence and politics, but much more too.
Instead of a new photo for Shabbat Shalom greeting,
this one goes back to summer of 1965.
At that time under rule of Jordan,
Jews could only look from afar,
over a ‘No Man’s Land’ at
The Old City and the Temple Mount.
Now much of the world is calling to go back,
to a time when The Kotel, Western Wall
a time of complete separation and
a truly divided
But today, the rain has finally stopped,
the sun is shining and sky blue,
time to get outside and enjoy the clean warm air.