I was in the Old City last night,
as the sun was setting, the sky still blue.
Not as many people around,
but I walked home at night alone, stopping to talk with friends.
These quiet evenings do not make headlines.
Today the sun is shining in Jerusalem, Israel.
The daffodils in the Botanical Gardens are in bloom.
But last week was very cold,
and for the first time we drove south to Eilat.
Once we left the Judean Hills,
there are long stretches of road in the desert,
lined with camel warning signs.
Not sure if these camels were real,
but this ostrich was running along a fence.
have popped up everywhere.
I always thought Eilat is far.
Well, nothing in Israel is that far!
We did stop once on the way down,
the distance is similar to that of NY to Baltimore.
In the rest stop this was a favorite sign.
Another interesting sign on the road was
this one is to warn of a road closed due to flooding.
I now understand why people run to see areas like this
when they are covered by streams of rushing water.
It is hard to imagine deep water here,
but these markers are in many locations on the road.
Then there is the huge Ramon Crater,
an impressive sight stretching for as are as you can see.
But from that crater outlook
you must go down,
twisting around and down,
on curves and sharper curves.
Once in Eilat the views
of the water from beachfront hotels
are picture postcard perfect.
Jordan is this close,
and Egypt is just on the other side.
We went to see the Israman (Israeli Ironman) race.
At dawn nearly 2000 men and women
swam in the cold water.
Then after a quick change, they jumped on their bikes,
and pedalled up the Eilat Mountains.
They left their bikes here for UPS trucks to take back to city,
and then they set off running a full or half marathon course,
back to Eilat near the starting point.
Bart Candel of the Netherlands came in first again this year.
But I think every one who finished the race
was a winner.
Imagine doing this course with one leg?
There were lots of other inspirational stories,
maybe I will share them another time.
On the way back to Jerusalem
we passed the site of the new Ramon Airport
and fields of solar panels.
The Dead Sea may be shrinking,
but it still seems big as you drive along.
These beware of sink hole signs warn of serious
sink holes along the Dead Sea.
Back to Jerusalem,
where else would one find these new bus signs?
“Listen, Israel, the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One.”
Last week in Jerusalem, Israel,
during the rainy weather days
it was possible to take a color photo of the new String Bridge,
that looked like it was black and white.
But then the sun came out,
Jerusalem’s street cats returned to bask in the sun,
and this cat was back on guard at Beit Hanasi,
the Israeli President’s residence.
Families with school-age children
are busy trying to find the best school
for their child’s education, and space is limited.
But for others,
there was time to go by Teddy Park
and watch the water in the fountain rise and fall.
The weather was sunny,
no one went into the water,
but nice enough to just sit on the ground and relax,
in this new park across from the Old City walls.
Cloud formations this time of year make for interesting photos.
The views of Jerusalem are constantly changing:
this large fenced-off cleared area
and construction site across from the Central Bus Station
are signs of work well under way.
Posters are up announcing plans for
drastic changes to the entrance of Jerusalem,
with multiple building towers and a new fast rail system.
City construction goes on deep underground
long before it is obvious to passers-by above.
Meanwhile, a walk along Jaffa Road
shows new construction rising from the old
and some familiar old scenes.
Jerusalem of old
is constantly changing.
When the sun shines,
it is time to get out and get around.
Isn’t it time for you to see it for yourself.
From Jerusalem will come forth light,
it is an old, if not ancient theme.
However, this week we saw some unique lights.
Those red, white and blue lights on the Walls of the Old City
and on the Knesset building, where the Israeli flag flew at half mast.
After Shabbat, the flag was lowered
to symbolize the link with France after the terror attack in Paris.
Israeli flags over Beit Hanasi were lowered as well,
while French flags were unfurled over major Jerusalem streets.
I found it ironic that new signs were posted
for a new App for Jerusalem night life–
who knows what will happen next?
When I see new signs like this one,
I snap photos of them,
only after did I realize, it was posted for the filming of a TV movie.
Make sure you know whether what you see is real or not.
The Jerusalem municipality posted hundreds of large and small signs
asking MK Kahlon “Do not forsake Jerusalem”
in the new budget in the Knesset.
This week in Jerusalem, while the weather is cool,
the roses are blooming
and the oranges are ripening.
However, I want to share
one other very special light coming out of the darkness.
My friend Varda wrote of the horrific terror attack last erev Shabbat.
We know the Rav of Meitar and his family,
and we have many friends there and visit occasionally.
We have driven the road from Meitar to Otniel.
to drive to a simcha and get ambushed by murderers.
But, from Jerusalem, came forth light.
On Tuesday night, in the wedding hall,
at the time the wedding of the daughter of the victim was to take place,
an overflow crowd of women and girls
filled the hall with prayer and music, and words of unity.
Tears inside during the sad, slow Shabbat song
and crowds of girls outside.
The Litman-Beigel wedding is rescheduled for next week,
and this time everyone is invited.
If you want to participate, check this out.
To help the Litman family, you can donate here:
Am Yisrael Chai!
May lights continue to come forth from Jerusalem
to shine and inspire the world.