Sigd and Shabbat Shalom

Sigd and Shabbat Shalom

Sigd, a holiday which is set on

the 29th of Hebrew month of Heshvan,

 falls out on Shabbat this year.

A national holiday in Israel since 2008,

thousands of Ethiopian-Israelis celebrate

by coming to Jerusalem, Israel,

to the tayelet in Armon Hanetziv.

Ethiopian religious leaders in Jerusalem Israel Sigd

Kessim, religious elders, sit under umbrellas,

perhaps remembering the days in Ethiopia

when they went to the highest mountain to fast,

praying to one day return to Yerushalayim, to Zion.

Woman praying at Sigd event in Jerusalem Israel

Women can be seen praying,

and perhaps remembering life in Ethiopia,

and their arduous journey to Sudan and challenges in Israel.

Each year,

Young male IDF soldiers in uniform for Sigd in Jerusalem Israel on Tayelet

more and more of the young people

Young female IDF soldiers on Tayelet for Sigd celebration

 young women as well as men,

are serving in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Sigd was observed on Thursday this year,

so as not to have the celebrations interfere with Shabbat.

The reason the main celebration is on the tayelet

Shabbat Shalom from the Tayelet view of Old City Temple Mount

 is that its elevation provides this, one of the best views

of the Old City and the Temple Mount.

שבת שלום

100 Years – Israel Going & Growing

100 Years – Israel Going & Growing

From Jerusalem, Australia, and New Zealand,

government leaders traveled to Beer Sheva

for the 100th-year reenactment of the charge

of the Light Horse Brigade,

Australian soldiers in Beer Sheva 100 years

when those brave Aussie horsemen defeated the Turks

and turned the tide in World War I for the Allies.

Then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

went to London for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration,

which called for a Jewish Homeland to be established in Palestine.

For those who study the Bible,

these two events 100 years ago were of great significance.

Christian Zionists were in Jerusalem, Israel,

this week to commemorate with Israelis.

Meanwhile,

outside the PM’s official residence in Jerusalem, Israel,

there was a protest tent and hunger strike.

Protest outside of Prime Minister's house in Jerusalem

Leaders from Judea and Samaria want

more services and better roads as promised.

Special programs around 100 years since Balfour

Israel Knesset building flags, no people

have been held at the Knesset.

Finally back in session after long break,

the Knesset is the scene of multiple sessions daily.

MK Avraham Neguise

One committee headed by MK Avraham Neguise

heard testimonies of recent growing antisemitism.

From left to right, wearing translation earphones, are

Knesset committee on antisemitism German, Austria and EU speak

the Ambassadors of Germany, the European Union, and Austria.

Also on the road this week is

President Reuven Rivlin, who was in Spain

meeting with Jewish leaders, and was hosted

by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia at a state dinner.

100 years ago Jews were allowed to enter Spain

after being expelled in 1492.

Last week at Beit Hanasi, the President’s official residence,

New security at Beit Hanasi Jerusalem

new security covers were down.

Protesters from South Tel Aviv outside Beit Hanasi for Supreme Court new President

Loud protesters from South Tel Aviv

took to the streets shouting,

in stark contrast to what was happening inside.

Outgoing Israeli Supreme Court President Miriam Naor

Two female Israeli Supreme Court Presidents kiss at Beit Hanasi ceremony

kissed and hugged incoming President Esther Hayut.

Israel Supreme Court Judges at Beit Hanasi

Israeli Supreme Court Judges sat on the side

Front row dignitaries at Supreme Court swearing in ceremony new President

as former Supreme Court Presidents sat with

with other government leaders.

After the loud Knesset opening,

Mew Israeli Supreme Court President

this dignified, hand shaking,

Herzog and Hayut kiss at Beit Hanasi ceremony

kissing and hugging event did not make international news,

but Israel media had live coverage.

The room was as crowded as it was for President Trump’s visit.

Israeli head of police at Beit Hanasi

The Israeli Chief of Police did not seem

thrilled while he waited for the official photos of

Official pose of new and former Israel Supreme Court Presidents with President Rivlin and Justice Minister Shaked

the present and past Supreme Court Presidents

with President Rivlin and Justice Minister Shaked.

close up of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

But even the Prime Minister had to sit and wait

Official photo full court from new Israeli Supreme Court ceremony

for the expanded official Supreme Court photo.

One more of the many memorable scenes at Beit Hanasi

Salim Joubran at Beit Hanasi as he retires from Israel Supreme Court

was that of recently retired Supreme Court Judge Salim Joubran,

who was interviewed after the ceremony for Israeli TV.

He was the Arab Judge who oversaw the last Israeli election.

Who would have imagined any of these things 100 years ago?

Palestine was a barren desert under Ottoman rule.

Today as we still await the rainy season,

the only umbrella I saw out this week

Umbrella rain statute in Jerusalem Mamilla Mall

was on this art piece in Mamilla Mall.

And as always it seems,

Jerusalem Israel cultural festival

 there is another new cultural festival ahead.

Who could have imagined any of this 100 years ago?

Who could have imagined it 70 years ago?

A short video, part of German Ambassador’s testimony in Knesset:

 More on legislation here,

but this is getting way too long, as always.

The three millionth tourist for 2017,

entered Israel, receiving a royal welcome,

they will certainly see for themselves,

what is happening on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

Jerusalem Biennale: Unusual Museum & Arts

“Watershed” is theme of 3rd Jerusalem Biennale,

an international collection of Jewish Contemporary art,

comprised of 26 exhibitions in 9 venues,

running from October 1 – November 16.

One venue is the old Bezek Building on Chopin Street

Sign on Bezek building for Jerusalem Biennale

across from the Jerusalem Theater.

Homelands, reflections of the Jews of Islamic Lands,

Exhibit on Jews from Arab lands in Homeland art exhibit

was fascinating.

One descendant of Jews exiled from Arab lands,

Shy Abady, named his piece “Racial Profiling”

Racial Profiling (or Uncle Ezra, father and Nasser by Shy Abady

(or Uncle Ezra, Father and Gamal Abdel Nasser.)

Another fascinating venue was the

Museum of Underground Prisoners of British Mandate Palestine

Museum of the Underground Prisoners,

which was built in the 1860s, as part of the Russian Compound.

Underground Prisoners Museum

The sign above the entrance says

“Marinskoe podvorie or Maria’s Court.”

During the British Mandate,

Underground Prisoners Museum cell

with its bars and cells, this place

was known for its harsh treatment of Jews.

canvas of Barbara Hines in Jerusalem Bienelle

What a striking contrast with these

Jerusalem Israel art exhibit in Museum of Underground Prisoners in Jerusalem

works of contemporary art.

Kitchen in old Prison from British Mandate

No complaining about kitchens after seeing this one,

Cell and bed from British Mandate in Underground Prison Museum

or dorm mattresses either.

Underground Prisoner's Museum infirmary

This was the infirmary.

One of the exhibit’s “Watershed” moments

was the Balfour Declaration,

of November 2, 1917,

Balfour letter as part of art exhibit in Jerusalem Israel

 which was projected as part of this art piece.

It was located next to this

Commander's office British Mandate in Underground Prisoner's Museum

replica of the British Mandate office.

The contrast of old and new

is always a major theme in Jerusalem,

Cells at Prison for isolation prisoners Jerusalem Israel

but here it goes further as the isolation cells were

 used to show various videos of watershed moments.

In this former prison a room is dedicated as a memorial to

Memorial room in Underground Prisoners Museum in Jerusalem Israel

those fallen in establishing a state in the Jewish homeland.

Ropes with words of Hatikvah on wall in background Jerusalem Israel

The words of Hatikvah are on the wall

behind the hanging gallows,

Two Jews hung by British have special memorial near ropes where they were hung

and their photos are a few meters away.

Outside in the prison yard,

Yard of prison with Muslim prayer corner

 a corner designated for Muslim prayer.

British prison for Mandate prisoners Jewish & Moslem

The former prison, being used as an art gallery,

held some of my favorite pieces

made by Jewish Artists in America,

Jeffrey Brosk, Barabara Hines and George Tobolowsky.

Talking with them was also a pleasure,

as they explained their work.

It was recently announced

that this former prison will become the home of Galatz,

the IDF military radio station.

Please notice the construction fence on the left,

that leads to the new Bezalel Arts Campus.

So much more, but all there is time for now.

For more check, RJS Facebook photos 

and link to full Biennale website. 

And still more,

 the 9th year showcasing Jerusalem contemporary art

is the Jerusalem festival called Manofim  

The Shabbat Project held multiple events,

and the annual Oud Festival is beginning.

Jerusalem Israel annual Oud Festival

Another week of too much happening

on the Jerusalem, Israel streets