Love when these flowers pop out, a sign of spring,
to wish all
While the US is celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend,
it is business as usual in Jerusalem, Israel,
but seemed like a good day to revisit the street named in his honor.
Today the large French and Israeli flags were coming down.
They had been hung for a show of unity with France,
as Israeli leaders,
along with French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal,
joined thousands of mourners in attending the funeral yesterday
at Givat Shaul Cemetery in Jerusalem, Israel.
The road leading to the cemetery was closed
and traffic was backing up with unhappy drivers.
But the special free shuttle buses had a police escort
and went around the stopped vehicles.
Security lined the roads
and much of the cemetery.
Free water bottles were piled high in several locations.
International media and TV cameras were set.
Crowds tried to get past guards to enter,
but only those with invitations were allowed to pass.
Here a family member was carrying a talit,
which is used to cover the body before burial.
There were a few signs
in the crowd,
one with the faces and names of four men murdered,
because they were Jews,
and Israeli flags.
Immediate mourners and dignitaries were behind barriers,
inside other barriers.
Everyone rose when the Chief Rabbi entered,
and many stopped him to kiss his hand.
One by one Zaka members carried in the men,
murdered in terror attack in Paris, France on erev Shabbat.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat escorted a family member,
who lit a flame and spoke.
The Chief Rabbis,
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin,
French Minister Segolene Royal,
and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
spoke in a protected area where only a special photographer
could get a photo without distorted reflections.
It was a sad day,
for all involved.
Inside the main area it did not seem like so many people came,
but upon leaving it was obvious that thousands could not get in.
They filled the streets as they filed out slowly.
Waiting shuttle buses returned us to town,
where more signs lined the Jerusalem, Israel streets.
Sadly, Jerusalem has had large funerals before
and has learned how to prepare for the huge crowds.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this was the last one
for innocent people murdered by terrorists?
Last week it was exhausting waiting for the snow to start.
School was closed, then opened, then closed.
Supermarkets ran out of chicken and yeast.
It snowed a bit and then stopped.
It rained and rained, it poured.
The heaters do not work when it really gets cold,
but we waited for Jerusalem covered beautifully in white.
Finally, around 4:00 pm on Friday,
the snow began to fall,
and so heavy the Knesset could not be seen.
The Israel Museum blurred into white.
But Shabbat was starting,
and the camera was put away,
so you will have to believe me that on Friday night and Shabbat
we saw some of the most gorgeous scenes ever.
There was no wind and the snow stuck to all the tree branches,
for what would have made classic photos.
all that was left on Sunday was the remnant of this poor old snow man,
I assume those carrots were his/her nose.
But not only do heaters not work well in the cold,
as usual there were water problems with parts of the dood freezing,
so seeing someone working on the roof tops was common.
We only lost power for a few minutes and had
running water all Shabbat, though it was soo cold.
But then the sun came out,
and Pollyanna time.
Along with the tragic news from Paris, France,
girls from Beit Shemesh were excited to be at the Jerusalem Theater
to rehearse for their show “Pollyanna.”
Blizzard of 2015 did not happened,
feeling still like a bear coming out of hibernation,
but back to “normal.”
They were calling it #IsraelBlizzard.
Jerusalem, Israel, was prepared for #WhiteJerusalem.
Schools were closed, meetings cancelled,
everyone was ready.
We were braced for power to go out,
just hoping for less time than the full week last year.
First, there were hail and fog, with very strong winds.
Hail stones fell after loud thunder and lightning.
Snow covered roof tops quickly,
and was sticking to cars and roads.
after ten minutes,
it stopped and a slight powder of snow
that could be seen on the Knesset grounds.
All day we waited for more,
by night fall the streets were quiet.
at bed time this was the best snow photo of the day.
It felt like those old days in the DC area,
where the government and schools shut for snowy weather
that made every Northerner and Canadian laugh
and go into the details of their memories of a real blizzard.
In the morning the Knesset had a thin cover of white,
and no serious accumulation of snow.
#WhiteJerusalem still might come over the weekend.
It is cold though, this indoor thermometer,
read 50 degrees first thing this morning,
so the temperature has been rising.
it is another grey, wet, sleet and slippery day.
After a late school opening,
the kids are out of the house,
making the parents very happy.
#WhiteJerusalem was not an #IsraelBlizzard,
even with that loud thunder all day.
Hard to believe that only four days ago,
there were those rainbow colored flowers,
Snow in Jerusalem, Israel.
Is there anything else to share today?
Is there anything else people are talking about?
Yesterday the mayor called a special press conference
to show the world the city’s new salt spreaders,
all gassed up and ready to hit the streets the with first flakes.
As the press closed around for their close ups,
the residents of Jerusalem were getting prepared.
This man was not going to get caught short of essentials.
Today the sky clouded over as a grey fog came in.
She is all tied up in knots now.
City workers are preparing and cleaning streets,
as the wind is gusting and blowing harder.
At least one city worker was getting her last shopping in.
And this man was running home with his new heater.
Cancellations are hard to keep track of!
Sure hope we do not lose power for a week like last year,
because if there really is so much snow,
how will we share those photos tomorrow?