This week the hot weather and sunshine were good for drying clothes and some flowers.
This year the holiday of Shavuot begins as Shabbat ends.
The Muslim Ramadan month has started.
Thousands of Christian pilgrims have arrived for Pentecost.
Temperatures outside rose enough to wilt the roses, but these from last week were fabulous colors.
Time is short, however, greetings from Jerusalem, Israel.
שבת שלום חג שמח
Happy and safe holiday to all.
In Jerusalem, Israel,
it was a wet and wild week.
On a clear day on a walk into town,
I found this interesting door, but did not enter.
A man was blowing a large shofar in front of
a gift shop on Ben Yehudah Street.
female border police officers were having a lunch break
as these two young women were shopping.
But the wet weather this past week
often made for dark and dreary photos.
Can you tell those are the walls of the Old City
through rain drops on the Begin Center’s windows?
After heavy rains
this unsightly puddle remained.
This IKEA umbrella could not withstand the Jerusalem weather.
IKEA is to open another Israeli store in Beer Sheva.
When it rains and the wind blows,
it’s best to forget using any umbrella.
Besides the weather,
trash piled up in bins during a brief strike.
which closed Agrippas Street with mountains of mess.
The only good part of it was that it was short and soon cleaned up.
while the weather and strikes made news,
there were good things happening too.
International visitors gathered to celebrate weddings,
bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, and more.
Off the Jerusalem streets,
in Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence,
another 929 Bible Study group was held.
The chapter of the day was
from Shir HaShirim, the Song of Songs,
read by actor and radio announcer Dan Caner.
He read beautifully.
Rabbi Benny Lau and President of the Israeli Supreme Court Esther Hayut
were at the head of table with President and Mrs. Rivlin.
This is the 16th time the Rivlins have hosted
the daily Bible study initiative.
The main hall was filled with guests as speakers
elaborated and studied the text.
Another closed event was held at the King David Hotel.
Ambassadors to Israel from the NATO countries.
had lunch with the Israeli Prime Minister.
Wet and wild weather
left the skies clear and clean and blue,
and it was hard to figure out what to wear.
Will it be hot or cold?
No one knows what will happen next .
But of one thing you can be sure,
the flowers in the King David Hotel lobby,
rain or shine, hot or cold outside,
will be impressive.