Some images. Some cloud formations. Some evenings.
Capture the eye and imagination more than others.
These summer clouds and the reflection from the setting sun against the Chord Bridge at the entrance of Jerusalem, Israel were special. No artificial special filters were necessary.
On the Jerusalem streets, there are sounds of normal, with cars on the road.
Children in school and music from loudspeakers can be heard.
At least, for now, most schools have reopened after COVID-19 restriction closures.
However, from across the ocean, the scene is not the same.
Receiving this video from a friend in New Jersey,
I thought to wish all a Shabbat Shalom with its sweet sounds,
a perfect time to be connecting through song.
The Jerusalem streets are quieter than usual during this a major holiday season.
The Shabbat before Pesach, Passover, is called Shabbat HaGadol.
In the past years, announcements for major Shabbat HaGadol talks by famous rabbis would be plastered around the Jerusalem streets.
However, this year is not like any other, and many of those lectures have moved online.
There will be no public matzah baking in Kikar Safra,
no huge crowds at the Kotel, Western Wall,
for the Birkat Kohanim, Priestly Blessing,
no family reunions in parks,
and no big family seder meals.
This year is a time to remember years past,
and look forward to the future.
Next Year in Jerusalem!