After Fasting and Praying for Rain, Shabbat Shalom

The tenth day of tenth Hebrew month,

Asara B’Tevet is a fast day.

It marks the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem

which culminated in the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE

and the exile to Babylon.

Beit Hamikdash model at Israel Museum

This model of the Holy Temple sits outside the Israel Museum

Corner stone from Beit Hamikdash in Israel Museum

and this inscribed corner stone from the Second Temple is on display inside.

Jerusalem Israel Old City model to Second Temple on roof of Aish Hatorah overlooking Dome of Rock

Another model sits on the roof of the Aish HaTorah Center in the Old City,

with the Dome of the Rock showing in the background.

Thousands of people attended

special prayers for rain held yesterday at the Kotel,

the Western Wall, as Asara b’Tevet was coming to an end.

Farmers are complaining of poor growing conditions

because of the lack of rain and the warm weather.

But the weather was good for weddings this week.

Jewish wedding ceremony

So many weddings,

and each night the blessings ended with

 “Soon, Lord our God, may there be heard in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem,

the sounds of joy and gladness,

the sounds of the bridegroom and bride…”

The sun set, and the fast was over.

Time to prepare for Shabbat.

Poster Shabbat Shalom on Jewish Temple model at Israel Museum

From the days of old

to the present,

may there always be singing

in the streets of Jerusalem.

Shabbat Shalom.

View of Western Wall, Kotel, Shabbat shalom poster

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem, Israel

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem, Israel

After UNGA vote, the Prime Minister’s Office released:

“Israel completely rejects this preposterous resolution. Jerusalem is our capital. Always was, always will be.

But I do appreciate the fact that a growing number of countries refused to participate in this theater of the absurd. So I appreciate that, and especially I want to again express our thanks to President Trump and Ambassador Haley, for their stalwart defense of Israel and their stalwart defense of the truth.”

The Old City and its surrounding areas are thriving today,

Arab man and woman walk through Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem Israel

with Mamilla Mall stores and restaurants.

From 1948 – 1967,

no Jews were allowed in Old City in Jerusalem,

it was occupied and Jewish life was destroyed by Jordanians.

This photo taken at Notre Dame, across No Man’s Land,

was close as you could get to Western Wall,

and Temple Mount.

Go back to that situation?

Jerusalem Old City Walls

The world seems to have short memory.

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom & Happy Hanukkah

On Friday night, lighting Hanukkah candles

can sometimes be a challenge,

rushing to get all the preparations done on time

before the sun sets and Shabbat begins.

One iconic photo is illuminated in Yad Vashem

shows a family’s menorah in the window

with a Nazi flag hanging on the building in the background across the street.

Yad Vashem has original chanukia from Jewish family in window with Nazi flag

That menorah is in the display case for all to see.

The family members who survived brought it to Israel,

and its candles shine brightly throughout the nights of Hanukkah.

This week as missiles were launched against Sderot,

young men from the Sderot Yeshiva were dancing

in Jerusalem, Israel, at a friend’s wedding.

One of the songs the band played was

Al HaNissim

On the miracles over the centuries,

good has triumphed over evil.

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom

חנוכה שמח

Happy Hanukkah