My father was born in the USA and served in the army during World War II.
He would not let even a small item made in Germany into our house.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and her delegation of 16 German government ministers
just visited Jerusalem, Israel.
Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed her with the words
“Israel and Germany have a unique bond forged of tragedy and hope,
and a great friendship and cooperation.”
Then she was awarded Israel’s Presidential Medal,
a sign of how much things have changed.
2. Anyone who knows a 6-year old, kita aleph first grader,
knows that countless tables with piles of food,
like this one in Heichal Shlomo,
are the reward for sitting through hours of presentations.
This artistic creation is a sign of a siddur party,
only one of this week’s many extravaganzas,
where new readers receive their first prayer-book.
3. New bus signs were up on Friday.
Time will tell whether all the route and number changes are improvements.
But new #15 bus took us straight to bus station in minutes!
There was another new sign near the bus stop.
4. The “pillbox” got a new sign.
Please read it carefully.
In Palestine, in 1936, Arabs were rioting against Jews.
Long before the State of Israel was established,
the British built these to protect and defend themselves against Arab attacks.
The new Cinema City had its grand opening this week.
There was a small protest because it is to be closed on Shabbat.
5. But also, this sign with many new Shabbat activities was posted.
6. New signs for the Jerusalem Marathon seem to be popping up everywhere,
especially along the route of the March 21st race.
7. And to end with my favorite sign of spring,
the spring flowers blooming in the Valley of the Cross.
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