After Hail on Passover, What Next?

Hail in April,

in Jerusalem, Israel?

Not only was there a hail storm as the holidays ended,

April hail storm in Jerusalem

but this was the scene the next day also.

It looked and felt like winter, not spring.

scene of Jerusalem String Bridge during hail storom

The city looked black and white,

Hail stones from April storm

as 4 mm hail stones fell.

But now,

the Passover things are put away,

and visitors have returned home.

The Happy Passover signs on buses have changed,

bus sign in Hebrew

to wish Jerusalem riders “have a good trip.”

 The skies have cleared

Street near Kikar Safra

and people have returned to the streets,

two Muslim Girls walking in Jerusalem

 some of which are lined with flowers.

Pres and Mrs Rivlin

Two hundred and fifty invited guests associated with OneFamily

filled the main room

at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Home,

with President Reuven and First Lady Nechama Rivlin,

Tastes of Life

to launch a new cookbook.

“Tastes of Life” features foods that mothers made for their

children who were victims of terror.

Each mother shares not only a recipe,

but memories of their loved ones that are gone.

Very different,

but still another way to remember a lost loved one,

St Lousi French Hospital Jerusalem Israel

a new Healing Garden was dedicated by a New York family

in the Hosptial Saint Louis Francais.

In the sunshine, supporters of Kashouvot,

an organization advancing Pastoral Care,

heard the story of Randie Malinsky z”l

who passed away in October

after losing a battle with cancer.

Now hospice patients and families can sit in the garden,

French Hosptial Jerusalem

to talk or watch the light rail and the rest of the world go by.

The “French Hospital” was built in the mid-19th century

and stands next to the Notre Dame,

across from the Old City Walls, near New Gate.

It boasts the only strictly kosher nunnery in world.

Also this week for all to see,

car flag for Yom Haatzmaut

the first Israeli flags are flying from car windows.

Flags over Jerusalem Israel streets

And the large trucks have gone around hanging Jerusalem,

Blue and white flag

and large Israeli flags over the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

The radio is playing sad, slow music,

as soon it will be Yom Hashoah,

Holocaust Remembrance Day,

and the beginning of another busy holiday season.

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.