Jerusalem Marathon 2014

The sun was shining for the 4th International Jerusalem Marathon,

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as 26,000 runners raced through the Jerusalem, Israel streets,

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and the winner came in with a record-breaking time.

Streets were closed,

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so everyone had to walk to get to check in and the starting line.

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Once a year the graffiti is white-washed away and

a new banner is hung near the full marathon finish line.

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Besides the full and half marathons there are other popular races.

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Thousands lined up at the starting line for the 10 kilometer run.

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The young and not so young, most dressed in colorful shirts,

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and their enthusiasm off the start was contagious.

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Entertainers on stilts were dressed in flag-colored costumes,

near a special course for shorter races for the young and disabled.

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Supporters lined the streets watching and waiting.

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Along the routes were

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  water stations.

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It was hard to get through the crowd in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park

at the start of the 10 K race.

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With so many events running at once, it was hard to find family members,

but we did see the winner of the women’s full marathon.

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Over 50 countries were represented, and many religions,

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but we only saw one runner from Brazil kiss the finish line.

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Separate awards for Israeli winners were presented for best times.

Loud music pumped through the park, which could be heard kilometers away.

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The runners at the end of their races and arriving for medals,

were separated by fences from the crowds of spectators.

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But some proud grandmothers knew how to get around barriers for a special hug.

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And then there was the walk home.

The sun was hot.

Some runners were still approaching the finish line,

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even as the streets were opened to traffic at one o’clock.

Thousands of shekels were raised for charity.

Everyone who participated was a winner.

Many have been inspired to try next year,

to enter or to train for a longer race.

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#happylanche

 The Real Jerusalem Streets Facebook

 Jerusalem Marathon album has many more photos HERE.

I wonder how many faces you will recognize?

Remember last year?  If not see:

Jerusalem Marathon 2013

Did you Hear About Jerusalem Marathon 2013?

March Madness: Purim, Now Jerusalem Marathon

March Madness has a different meaning in Jerusalem, Israel.

Purim is a holiday that is celebrated to the max by everyone!

Not just for March Purim Madness time,

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but all year around Queen Esther has her own street.

School children start with Purim on the first day of the month of Adar,

and this being a leap year, we had two months!

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Gift baskets for Mishloah manot have been on sale for weeks.

The story of Esther was read in thousands of locations.

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There were readings all Purim day at different restaurants,

Zazza on Azza by Chabad Rechavia was a huge success!

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Some families take their costumes very seriously,

this one even dressed up their dog for a Purim outing.

One of my favorite costumes this year

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was this baby as a super-sized bag of popcorn in a baby carrier.

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There were a lot of winged-creatures on the streets.

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 OMG, this fellow looks just like Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

And HATS, lots of hats,

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big hats,

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fur hats,

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pairs of hats,

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hats with ears,

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colorful hats,

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and hats with feathers,

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and here are more popular Indian feathers this year.

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Not sure that his shaved head was only for Purim.

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and this I really did not understand!

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In busy Mamilla Mall there were lots of balloons.

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Posing with cartoon characters

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was for everyone, not only small children wanted photos.

Also spotted in Mamilla Mall,

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at least one Santa’s helper,

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a Google guy,

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and one serious Arab shooter, aiming a nice Canon camera.

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Some costumes

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were obvious,

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while others, a costume or not?

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Thousands were in Mamilla Mall, but I thought it was less crowded this year than last.

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First Station also attracted crowds this year,

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and now some of the area is protected from the weather.

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But watch out for wild animals!

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And there were lines for the ice skating rink at First Station.

So by the time Shushan Purim,

the day Purim is celebrated in Jerusalem, Israel, is over,

 posting photos seems like ending a marathon.

And now the streets are filled with signs for Friday’s

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 Jerusalem Marathon.

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So until next year, Happy Purim.

More photos for those of you not fortunate enough to be in Jerusalem, Israel for Purim.

9 Photos of Israel near Gaza Border

I was in southern Israel.

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It was a beautiful day.

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The land so green

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and the sky blue with amazing clouds.

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Jerusalem, Israel was wet and dark, but the south was post card perfect.

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Heavy rain the night before produced swimming pools, puddles and mud,

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and wonderful wild flowers.

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Flocks roamed and birds flew along the road.

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The views so spectacular that I took photo

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after photo.

Then it started raining rockets from Gaza.

For two hours we stayed in a bomb shelter

before it was safe to drive home,

back to Jerusalem and the cold wet rain.

Wishing all a Shabbat shalom!

Israel Museum Fancy Dress and Old Masks for Purim Inspiration

Purim time.

Time for things to be upside down.

Postal workers were on strike for a day.

Some of the light rail workers were striking too.

The Knesset members were not showing up to vote – on purpose.

The foreign service workers are they still striking?

And David Cameron is to arrive in Jerusalem, Israel.

What a great time to get away from it all.

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A new exhibit, opened in the Israel Museum,

Dress Codes, Revealing the Jewish Wardrobe.

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Israel Museum Director James Snyder gave an introduction.

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First were garments worn by Jewish women from Central Asia,

influenced by Muslim society, they certainly were not very revealing.

 As Jews migrated from Mashhad, Iran to Afghanistan,

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 they took the chador with them.

This was what a mid-20th century Jewish woman wore in the streets of Herat.

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However, Rock stars could find inspiration

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in the underneath garments on display.

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Clothing was influenced by environment and reflects history.

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The robe design for Israeli Chief Sephardi Rabbi came from Turkey,

the red number to the left from Morocco.

Now a few favorite photos,

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Men’s belts, earliest male bling?

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Elegant white wedding dresses from many parts of world.

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Baby Gap was not first to make children’s clothes like little adult wear.

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This ornate wedding dress from Turkey was interesting.

Unlike in today’s disposable society, a wedding dress was worn for a life time.

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Curator Efrat Assaf-Shapira explained how when a woman died,

the fabric could be used to make a parochet,

a special cover for ark where Torah scrolls are stored.

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Along with colorful scarves,

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was a special talit, prayer shawl.

If these do not give you some inspiration for Purim,

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then across the hall,

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check out the ancient masks.

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These masks from thousands of years ago,

were found in the Judean hills.

After the very popular Herod, this is indeed a change.

You have six months to see Dress Codes

if you miss it let me know, I have more photos for you.

Jerusalem Cinema City Open

Hezbollah is escalating its activity near Syrian border.

The Israeli navy stopped an Iranian rocket shipment headed for Gaza,

from Syria around to Sudan, under a Panamanian flag!

Spending so much time and effort on terror makes sense to them?

Government foreign service workers are striking.

Hundreds of thousands of haredi protesters went home.

The Sandstorm from Egypt is finally over.

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And the new Jerusalem Cinema City is open.

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The area outside is landscaped with trees, flowers and signs.

Wish I knew why they used so many tall thin cypress trees?

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Inside the fountain is flowing,

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and huge chandeliers and bright floors shine.

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The theaters are down, down under the ground.

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The foot bridge is closed off for now,

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but some shops are open.

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There are plenty of ticket sellers with little to do,

and freezer case in the ice cream store is empty.

There seems to be something for everyone,

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Uncle Sam wants you,

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even Elvis wearing brown shoes, but with a blue guitar.

We used to use the expression “Bigger than Ben-Hur.”

But while I did not see him,

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 Moses is here with all Ten Commandments.

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Outside on the roof is Noah with his ark and animals,

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and colorful Smurfs too.

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The Zipora Express restaurant was quite full and busy.

Unfortunately, not all the escalators were working.

I did a lot of walking up and down these steps,

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but one woman was there with a walker.

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So many lights, colors and busy stuff,

anyone with a seizure disorder should beware.

Actually, you could probably develop one if you walk around long enough.

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Jerusalem, Israel, ‘city of lions’ has a new attraction.

Lights, action, camera, but for now, the theaters are closed on Shabbat.