Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem

Beware:

Heavy traffic and long lines near car wash locations.

 In much of Israel this week,

image of Knesset in sandstorm

a sandstorm was so heavy it was hard to see,

and breathing was difficult.

It was not a pretty picture.

Then, cold, strong winds came and blew and blew.

It only rained a little in Jerusalem, Israel,

enough to leave mud covering everything, especially cars.

Finally,

image Jerusalem Israel clear cay

the sky cleared,

the sun came out,

time to admire the flowers again.

image Shabbos

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom

Today the sky is clear and blue,

but there were great wispy clouds earlier this week.

One night on Facebook,

there was photo after photo of pink clouds at sunset.

Missed seeing that,

image of Bridge of Chords in jerusalem

but this view from under the Bridge of Strings,

is special enough for

שבת שלום

Shabbat shalom.

Jerusalem after Rain, Violence, and Politics

First it was the pouring rain that kept people off the streets.

Then the headlines of stabbings and violence

 kept the Jerusalem, Israel, streets quieter.

Yesterday there was a double stabbing in a supermarket,

one in which Arabs work and shop along with Jews every day.

image jerusalem street

But when the heavy rains stopped and skies cleared,

people were still going to Ben Yehudah Mall.

image school Israel

At the gated and guarded campus of the religious college Machon Lev,

young men went to study science and technical courses.

image park

Gan Ha’atzmaut, Independence Park,

was a vision of tranquility.

cleared land for new libraty

And after the rain, green covered the cleared plot of land

for the new National Library building,

with the Knesset in the background across the street.

And a little further down on the side of the busy road,

man next to van putting on tefillin

a man was getting ready to recite his morning prayers.

Begin Highway

 Traffic was light on the Begin Highway,

building

but clouds were heavy in sky above.

Not all was violent on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

However, going back to biblical times,

there have been stories of abuse and violence,

even within the Jewish community.

This week over three very full days,

hotel lobby

an International Conference was held dealing with those issues.

Hopefully this gathering of professionals and rabbis,

will be an important step on the way to reducing abuse and violence,

at least in some Jewish communities.

Hebrew sign

Meanwhile, a new music festival is planned on Gaza,

Azza Street that is.

It is called Go to Azza,

with music and arts for young people.

Now that should be something to see.

And remember,

tonight is the start of Hamshushalayim,

photo sign colorful

hundreds of Jerusalem events and locations

over long weekends this month

at reduced prices.

Violence and politics, but much more too.

Hanukkah Lights are Up

  Election politics are filling the airways and newscasts,

Hamukkah in Israel

but the Hanukkah lights

are up along major roads in Jerusalem, Israel,

I think many prefer those lights to new election.