Over 130 missiles, rockets and grads were fired from Gaza
into southern Israel last week and major cities were hit.
People were killed, injured, shocked, and left homeless.
Meanwhile, 81 US congressmen arrived in Israel and left rather quietly.
With a Hamas request for a cease-fire came a security alert in Jerusalem.
But it is festival season in Jerusalem: how did the real streets respond?
The last night of annual wine festival at the Israel Museum was held,
though many were not in a much of party mood after hearing
that 8 Israelis were murdered in ambushes that afternoon near Eilat.
Infected Mushrooms performed on Thursday night as scheduled.
The massive stage in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park remained in place until
for a free concert for young people which lasted until midnight.
The Friday Arts and Crafts Market on Bezalel Street was open for business,
while the tent protest was nearby and the light-rail had its first public runs.
At noon the water over the Dome of the Book
was the only thing that could be seen in up in the air,
but later in the afternoon breeze there were dozens of kites
and hundreds of families enjoying the annual festival.
The annual Puppet Festival is over,
but the Children’s Film Festival has just begun at the Cinemateque.
The end of August also means that it is time for
The International Arts and Crafts Fair.
The International exhibits and sales, food, music and performances
fill the area known as the Sultan’s Pool below the Old City walls
and Khutzot Hayoser, The Artists’ Colony comes to life.
It will take more than a security alert to get people to miss
this popular end of summer event
or to keep them out of Mamilla Mall.
The 5th End of Summer Celebration has begun at the Jerusalem Theater,
with various performances taking place outside on the plaza.
If these events are not enough,
the Beer Festival is to be held next week in the Old Train Station.
The security alert may not be readily perceptible on the Jerusalem streets,
but it could be felt in synagogue service this past Shabbat,
with the quiet attention of worshipers during the prayer for the State of Israel
and especially for the prayer for the safety of its soldiers,
and the loud unified response by the congregation of