Getting Prepared

At the sound of a siren, students in Jerusalem on Tuesday

went into their schools’ bomb shelters.

The National Emergency Authority held a drill to prepare

in case of a missile attack. Our local bomb shelter was locked.

The drill was called a success, but many people hardly noticed it.

 Monday, thousands gathered at the Kotel, the Western Wall, to pray for rain,

but on Tuesday in the hot sun

was there anyone really prepared with an umbrella?

However, what was very noticeable on the Jerusalem streets,

were the preparations for Chanukah: outside private homes,

over the promenade in Mamilla Mall,

and in displays inside the mall.

Chanukiot, Chanukah menorahs were set up outside the walls of the Old City

and on street corners all around Jerusalem. 

The greengrocer  on Azza Street, 

usually a busy place before a holiday was closed for a funeral,

surprising many who wanted to prepare for Chanukah parties.

The Jerusalem streets were full of harried parents

trying to get themselves, their young children with their works of art

to and from after school parties.

Chag Urim Sameach!


0 thoughts on “Getting Prepared

  • December 2, 2010 at 3:23 am

    The Mamilla mall is great. Glad to see they are getting into the holiday.


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