Ready for Hanukkah or Chanukah in Jerusalem

What a week this has been.

From as far away as Sydney, Australia,

we hear that an armed man “claiming political motivations”

took hostages,

sometimes

image clouds

 something as simple as the cloud formations

against a blue sky can be appreciated.

Last Friday, coming from the Gush to Jerusalem, Israel,

we stopped for a traffic light.

The same as we have done many times.

That signal was installed after many traffic accidents.

image security

We saw this police vehicle blocking our view,

and we heard a man scream, then he was down on the road.

Israeli soldiers

As the security forces arrived in force,

it was clear this was no simple accident.

Acid (yes, vinegar is an acid!) was splashed on Israelis

by a terrorist and he had run to this spot.

I had been looking for cars involved,

but it was stopped a few meters away.

We got through quickly,

as the traffic in the other direcion stopped and backed up.

 I sit here now,

watching a live news feed of a cafe in Australia,

under threat by a person with an ISIS flag.

We cannot be sure when or what will happen next!

Meanwhile,

חנוכה

menorah

Hanukkah is coming.

After finally deciding to spell it as spell check goes,

the Government Press Office is using Chanukah this year.

Oh well, people are getting their chanukiot, menorahs

ready to light.

Chanukaih, street lights Jeryusalem

As always I love the streets lights,

and signs filling the streets.

banner in Hebrew for Hanukkah

“A Great miracle happened here.”

The school holiday is shortened this year,

but the school extravaganza productions

are bigger and better and longer than ever.

donuts

Suffganiot, millions of all types of donuts and

fried foods will be consumed over the eight nights.

strawberries

But also strawberry season has begun

and the markets are filled with the sweet red berries.

Happy Hanukkah,

image hanukah semach on bus, picture Hanukkah in Israel, , photo egged bus sign for holiday

Chanukah sameach

however you spell it,

the first candle is tomorrow night.

Shabbat Shalom

Today the sky is clear and blue,

but there were great wispy clouds earlier this week.

One night on Facebook,

there was photo after photo of pink clouds at sunset.

Missed seeing that,

image of Bridge of Chords in jerusalem

but this view from under the Bridge of Strings,

is special enough for

שבת שלום

Shabbat shalom.

Jerusalem after Rain, Violence, and Politics

First it was the pouring rain that kept people off the streets.

Then the headlines of stabbings and violence

 kept the Jerusalem, Israel, streets quieter.

Yesterday there was a double stabbing in a supermarket,

one in which Arabs work and shop along with Jews every day.

image jerusalem street

But when the heavy rains stopped and skies cleared,

people were still going to Ben Yehudah Mall.

image school Israel

At the gated and guarded campus of the religious college Machon Lev,

young men went to study science and technical courses.

image park

Gan Ha’atzmaut, Independence Park,

was a vision of tranquility.

cleared land for new libraty

And after the rain, green covered the cleared plot of land

for the new National Library building,

with the Knesset in the background across the street.

And a little further down on the side of the busy road,

man next to van putting on tefillin

a man was getting ready to recite his morning prayers.

Begin Highway

 Traffic was light on the Begin Highway,

building

but clouds were heavy in sky above.

Not all was violent on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

However, going back to biblical times,

there have been stories of abuse and violence,

even within the Jewish community.

This week over three very full days,

hotel lobby

an International Conference was held dealing with those issues.

Hopefully this gathering of professionals and rabbis,

will be an important step on the way to reducing abuse and violence,

at least in some Jewish communities.

Hebrew sign

Meanwhile, a new music festival is planned on Gaza,

Azza Street that is.

It is called Go to Azza,

with music and arts for young people.

Now that should be something to see.

And remember,

tonight is the start of Hamshushalayim,

photo sign colorful

hundreds of Jerusalem events and locations

over long weekends this month

at reduced prices.

Violence and politics, but much more too.

Hanukkah Lights are Up

  Election politics are filling the airways and newscasts,

Hamukkah in Israel

but the Hanukkah lights

are up along major roads in Jerusalem, Israel,

I think many prefer those lights to new election.

Shabbat Shalom

Instead of a new photo for Shabbat Shalom greeting,

this one goes back to summer of 1965.

old view of Jerusalem Shabbat shalom poster

At that time under rule of Jordan,

Jews could only look from afar,

over a ‘No Man’s Land’ at

 The Old City and the Temple Mount.

Now much of the world is calling to go back,

to a time when The Kotel, Western Wall

was Judenrein,

a time of complete separation and

a truly divided

Jerusalem, Israel.

But today, the rain has finally stopped,

the sun is shining and sky blue,

time to get outside and enjoy the clean warm air.

שבת שלום

Shabbat shalom.