In most of the world you would be lucky to find people
celebrating or even remembering Jerusalem Day.
But here in Jerusalem, the celebrations,
events and ceremonies are too many to list, everything
from Mayor Nir Barkat and Rav Shear Yashuv Cohen
speaking on Shabbat at the Great Synagogue,
to a rock concert in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park,
attended by hundreds with the music going all night until 7:00 am.
Took too many photos again this week, so for now I will
share a few favorites from Yom Yerushalayim,
Jerusalem Day, in Jerusalem, Israel.
Kotel Man? What a great costume on this actor,
who was standing at the entrance of
the Tower of David Museum, which was open and free to the public.
Mayor Nir Barkat and his wife Beverly, greeted people and posed
for photos, and I recognized this couple from the neighborhood.
One family presented the mayor with a gift.
I wonder where this will hang?
Then they posed for a photo.
As every year,
prizes were given here at night to special Jerusalem residents.
Of course, flags lined the Jerusalem streets,
and covered countless shoulders.
These boys posed outside the entrance to the Kotel, the Western Wall,
after asking me to take their picture.
On such a busy day, at least one girl was able to find a quiet spot.
Closed to traffic, Agron Street was anything but quiet.
A group of boys were jumping and waving flags on top of this van,
as others danced wildly to gang-man style blasting music in Hebrew.
Tens of thousands of people,
boys and young men,
father and sons,
and of all ages,
packed King George Street in front of the Great Synagogue.
Girls trying to pass by had to hold on not to get lost in the crowd.
Then Rabbi Chaim Druckman arrived,
as the Flag Parade was ready to dance and march its way to
the Kotel, the Western Wall, for hours more of celebrating,
46 years of reunification of Jerusalem.
If you have any doubts about why this day is significant,
checkout a special post in IsraellyCool
and for more photos of Jerusalem Day, click HERE.