December, it’s Hanukkah in Jerusalem

Operation Pillar of Defense is over for most everyone,

wounded soldier

except for the wounded, and of course the families of those who were killed.

Iron Dome

The rockets destroyed by Iron Dome are less of a topic of discussion.

children playing in shelter, Sderot

Children in Southern Israel are no longer in shelters,

but have gone back to school,

Israel soldier

while their big brothers have returned to their regular military service.

Ethiopian children

The children of Kiryat Malachi still have a long, hard road ahead.

But enough of war and politics!  

The calendar has turned to December 

and Hanukkah is almost here!

Machane Yehuda Market strawberries

That means it is strawberry season


and fresh citrus fruit abounds in the Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk.


Piles of dreydels are on display, 

sffganiah, donuts, suffganiot, jelly donuts.

platters of suffganiot, 

chaunkiah, street light menorah

and the streets are illuminated with colorful Chanukiot.

Chanukah bibs

Hanukkah is coming, ready or not.

11 thoughts on “December, it’s Hanukkah in Jerusalem

  • December 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Really captures the spirit!

  • December 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    The food looks good,the people look happy and the lights are beautiful,Happy Hanukkah.
    ps. wish i could be there.

        • December 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

          Oh well, sometimes one must do what one must do. Will try and keep you up on what is really happening. Went by your old neighborhood on Shabbat, quiet as usual. Hanukkah so much is going on, it is hard to know where to start. Hanukkah sameach.

      • December 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

        I still have your blog in my RSS feed so I can at least feel somewhat connected. It’s a good way to bring a little of Jlem into the Galut.

        • December 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

          Thank you, wonderful and fantastic to know work is appreciated! Good Hanukkah weather tonight, not too cold and dry. Chag sameach!


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