Guests coming and not much time to prepare,
so a short and simple
to all from Jerusalem, Israel.
The holiday of Sukkot,
involves intense preparation,
and checking of many specific details.
As soon as Yom Kippur is over,
sukkot seem to pop up all over.
Thousands of tourists arrive in Jerusalem, Israel,
many want to sleep in a sukka and many more to eat in one.
At the Kings Hotel the familiar sukka is up on the roof
and a simple wooden sukka cna be seen at the King Solomon Hotel.
At the Inbal Hotel, look up for the fancy private sukkot.
This year due to the Formula Road Show,
outside the King David Hotel had a different look,
but the large porch out back was getting ready as usual to be a sukka.
New buildings near the YMCA
have sukkot up on porches and down in the courtyards,
and new Touro restaurant at the Jerusalem Press Club is ready to use.
But also new this year is the Waldorf Astoria Hotel,
where I still have trouble getting past the gorgeous flowers,
and the birds and fountain below.
in the Atrium
is the new wow must see sukka this season.
I must get to working on holiday details here,
time to clean and decorate our sukka!
I’ll end with two old favorites,
our sukka on a camel photo was posted by Times of Israel on Facebook,
it received so much attention that here it is again.
RJS along with the buses
wishing all a happy holiday.
For two days the Jerusalem Formula 2014 Road Show
shut down some Jerusalem, Israel streets.
Naftali Bennett advised a group of visiting Vietnamese government officials,
if there are two Jews, there will be three opinions,
and for this event there certainly were different opinions.
The weather was warm and sky clear,
as the opening stretched an hour over scheduled time.
There is no special track in Israel for racing
and knowledge of race cars is limited,
Many do not know a Blu blue car
from another blue car.
But for the second year,
beautiful fast machines
were out near the Old City to impressive.
The track was not a loop like last year,
so it was easy at Tower of David
where cars turned around to take photos.
But I did get this car speeding up.
A big difference this year was that several young Israelis were featured:
one was Roy Nissany.
More Israeli flags were out this year.
Terry Grant not only smoked up the street with his spinning Hot Rod,
but got out, walked away, and then got back in the moving vehicle,
all without wearing a helmet.
And then there were the motorcycles,
flying over the streets
with riders doing amazing stunts,
as crowds lined the show areas.
Do we need to shut down streets before a holiday
(a summer event had to be postponed)
or any time for this spectacle?
I heard an American tourist say,
“Seems to me to be a lot of money and noise for not so much.”
As we walked the long way around because of barriers on the track,
she added that she was 66 years old,
and does not think the same way she did when she was 16.
Young people were excited and came out to see the cars,
thousands were out to see,
what was happening on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.
Mayor Nir Barkat and Eugene Kaspersky think motorsport history has been made in Jerusalem
and that it is great and an investment for the future,,
but many others disagree.
Now enough with cars,
it is time to prepare for Sukkot,
but if you want to see more of that crazy motorcycle show,
please click HERE.
Driving in Jerusalem, Israel, can be difficult,
with too many cars on too narrow roads,
especially in the Old City.
Today four cars wanted to drive in the same small place at the same time,
I did not even notice the little child
in the scene until I saw the photos at home,
I had been watching a boy on a bike go through the cars.
During holidays the situation gets worse
when traffic is restricted
and entry is forbidden to non-residents.
But there is something new for the new year 5775,
located in the parking lot adjacent to First Station,
easy to find stations
for free shuttle buses to the Dung Gate,
which is near the entrance to the Kotel, the Western Wall.
The buses leave every 20 minutes,
Sunday to Thursday,
8:00 am to 8:00 pm,
Friday until Shabbat and after the end of holidays.
The van I took only had two other passengers, but it left on time.
On the way we got to see the construction near Ir David, the City of David.
Outside the Old City Walls near the Dung Gate, the station was easy to find.
The service is meant to encourage parking at First Station,
and at least for now it is free for anyone.
Thanks for the tip Fun in Jerusalem.
fun and free in Jerusalem–
what could be better?
The end of 5774 is in sight
and signs of the new year are everywhere.
The municipality has posted signs wishing a good year to Jerusalem 5775.
This morning, there are dark circles under many eyes of those
who stayed up late for Selihot prayers, and then woke up early this morning.
The Selichot prayers are scheduled almost non-stop,
and there are even tours to see those who recite the special prayers.
One is to be held in Kikar Safra, the Jerusalem Government Square.
These new signs are for free buses to the Old City,
I had to try one and not walk every time.
Many pre-holiday parties include “raising a cup” to toast the new year,
which makes it a perfect time for road stops to test vehicles and drivers.
But not all police were busy with ticketing or crime this week.
So much to do this short week before Rosh Hashana,
food shopping is crazy and time is stretched to limits.
This man is often seen on skate board walking dogs,
but for first time I saw him pushing a baby stroller.
I wondered ‘his own, or some family short on time?’
Friends who are visiting had time for brunch.
Signs were up for sales, but this restaurant got the first sukka photo for this year.
Every organization is looking for end-of-year donations,
this woman held a sign asking for charity in the Old City,
and this man on Jaffa Street had no sign.
He just held an empty cup.
But there are much prettier sights this time of year,
like these new limes on the tree ready to be picked,
and wonderful flowers, not just outside on the streets,
getting ready for holiday tables as well.
Public parks have been cleared and private gardens are ready,
since shmita, the year of not working the land, begins at Rosh Hashana.
The notes in the Western Wall,
were overflowing before the holiday clean up,
but no one was going to peek at this message wrapped tightly in blue thread.
New chairs were delivered, all ready for the holiday crowds on the plaza.
It is shofar time,
and after 5774 years
עם ישראל חי
Am Yisrael Chai,
It did not make headlines.
Afternoon traffic was heavy and slow Monday in Jerusalem, Israel,
with some streets like this one blocked to traffic for hours.
No one was driving onto Emek Refaim Street with this truck parked,
buses were rerouted and taxis blocked.
There was a large blue arch on the other side of the truck,
a blue man,
and men in blue too,
as the police formed a brass marching band.
The US Embassy had a booth in red, white and blue.
It is estimated that as many as 30,000 people attended this community street fair,
where second hand goods were for sale.
many musical groups played,
and here one little dancer is moving to the music.
Actors on platforms,
standing on stools above the street,
and sitting on chairs performed to young audiences.
This group was learning about cooking.
Thousands of people took photos.
This usually busy neighborhood street
was full of barriers blocking side walks.
It was grid-locked by people and double strollers.
There are so many places in Jerusalem and on Emek Refaim Street
that are impossible and impassible for disabled,
it was great to see so many out for this event in wheel chairs.
Please let me know if you hear of anyone who actually
paid 50 shekels to sit in these chairs.
The sign asks for 50 shekels to sit.
That is what was happening on the real Jerusalem streets
and it all went on well into the night,
but no violence, not news,