Jerusalem Formula Road Show

For two days the Jerusalem Formula 2014 Road Show

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shut down some Jerusalem, Israel streets.

Naftali Bennett

 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.

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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,

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Many do not know a Blu blue car

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from another blue car.

But for the second year,

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beautiful fast machines

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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.

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But I did get this car speeding up.

A big difference this year was that several young Israelis were featured:

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one was Roy Nissany.

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More Israeli flags were out this year.

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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.

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And then there were the motorcycles,

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flying over the streets

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upside down

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and sideways,

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with riders doing amazing stunts,

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as crowds lined the show areas.

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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.

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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.

11 Scenes of Erev Yom Kippur in Jerusalem

At the end of the Rosh Hashana holiday weekend,

some neighborhoods were piled high with garbage.

I will spare you those ugly photos this year

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and only post this one of the holiday boxes, marked with dripping honey.

The city was prepared this time, no complaints about hauling it all away,

but plenty of complaints about time!

The usual change from Daylight Savings time before Yom Kippur

did not happen this year because of a new law in the Knesset,

so many woke up an hour off when their devices did not get that memo.

Some Apps are still off an hour,

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but many of the buses did change to the Yom Kippur greeting,

to be sealed for a good year.

The change of seasons can be felt by the shorter days and cooler weather,

but days are still warm enough

image Arab woman

 to stroll down the street eating an ice cream cone.

On days leading up to Yom Kippur

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Chabad was out on the streets not only offering chance to put on tefilin,

but also to get a head start on Kaparot, using money,

instead of chickens to get rid of your sins.

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The 11,000 seat new Jerusalem Payis Arena was filled

by those honoring the first  yahrzeit of Rav Ovadia Yosef.

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The landscape in Jerusalem, Israel, is changing in all directions.

In time for the holiday tourist season,

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  the gates of the renovated old Hansen House are open.

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For many locals the expansion of Hadar Mall in Talpiot

with a new supermarket opening was big news.

But this season, expansion and building features

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 the walls of sukkot for the holiday next week,

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with colorful decorations for sale.

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And, next week is the Jerusalem Formula Road Show,

and if it is anything like last year

the Jerusalem, Israel streets will be filled with people and fast cars,

the opposite of Yom Kippur with no cars and people fasting.

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may all be sealed for a good year.

20 Signs of Rosh Hashana in Jerusalem

The end of 5774 is in sight

and signs of the new year are everywhere.

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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.

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One is to be held in Kikar Safra, the Jerusalem Government Square.

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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,

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which makes it a perfect time for road stops to test vehicles and drivers.

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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.

Emek St Fair walking dogs lots of them pushing a baby

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?’

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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,

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this woman held a sign asking for charity in the Old City,

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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,

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like these new limes on the tree ready to be picked,

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  and wonderful flowers, not just outside on the streets,

but inside

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getting ready for holiday tables as well.

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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,

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were overflowing before the holiday clean up,

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but no one was going to peek at this message wrapped tightly in blue thread.

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New chairs were delivered, all ready for the holiday crowds on the plaza.

image blowing shofar at Kosel

It is shofar time,

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and after 5774 years

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עם ישראל חי

Am Yisrael Chai,

bus sign Shana tova

Shana tova.

Jerusalem New Arena Opening September 11

School has started and another week has whizzed by.

The countdown for Rosh Hashannah has begun.

You can feel the seasons starting to change with cooler nights.

Headlines were made when Light rail trains were attacked

in some Arab neighborhoods,

and also of attacks in the French Hill neighborhood.

Sadly, French Hill residents have had trouble with some Arab neighbors for years,

but it was not newsworthy until this recent escalation of violence.

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However, this Arab woman was waiting to ride the light rail this week.

There were fewer Arab girls on the streets over the summer,

and there were fewer people on the streets tourists were missingl.

Arab girls in Jerusalem

Now, Jaffa Road is looking busier every day.

Har Hayabit wooden bridges ramp to Temple Mount

This week Jordan complained about a “wooden bridge.”

Someone decided to build a second wooden ramp to reach the Temple Mount.

The wooden structure on the left is the only access for non-Muslims.

Though this new one is much smaller, it is coming down.

For a $15 billion gas deal, Jordan gets its wish?

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The summer concerts at Kikar Safra

featured music of the Beatles and ABBA.

The last free music concert of season is tonight,

at the Pianos at Jerusalem Theater.

But the big, really big, biggest news in the Middle East,

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is opening of the new Jerusalem Arena tonight.

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The first press conference was held  in the special press conference room,

with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and leaders of the massive project.

Built next to Teddy Stadium and near the Malha Mall,

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the view from main lobby of Jerusalem is impressive.

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The main floor can be changed for events – sports, recreational and cultural.

There is seating for 11,600 people,

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and 16 executive boxes.

I wondered if I would get back to a VIP suite,

image Mayor Nir Barkat at new Arena

and assumed it was my last chance to hang in a locker room with the Mayor.

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Workers were all over trying to finish up for the opening tonight.

70% of the 400 million shekel cost was covered by the Israeli Lottery,

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but many wish some of that money would go to finish up school construction.

We lived near Washington, DC on September 11, 2001.

As the world remembers those lost in NY Trade Towers,

we also remember those killed in the Pentagon that day.

Sept 11 should have been a wake up call

for US & for the world to terrorism.

Meanwhile, in Israel,

  though there have been a stream of terror attacks,

we have two things in our favor,

Israeli soldiers

as shown here.

The inaugural ceremony of the new Jerusalem Payis Arena

will be a salute to soldiers of IDF.

Jerusalem Summer Nights to September Days

Ah, in Jerusalem, Israel,

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 summer nights are usually cool and clear.

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Not many were out riding on the newly-constructed bike paths,

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but the music at First Station had crowds on their feet dancing.

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There was a big welcome sign at the only entrance to the Jerusalem Beer Festival.

בירה the Hebrew word for “beer”‘ and “capital” is the same.

The annual event drew a protest from the Arab media this year.

Located in Gan Ha’atazmaut, Independence Park, is it possible

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 that little white circle in the bottom left,

could really be a danger?

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These “Make an agreement with Abbas, not with Hamas'” signs

were in many more locations and more on people’s minds.

image black cat, Jerusalem cat

Days this past week were hot enough to make the cats lazy,

Sign in Hebrew posted in Jerusalem

but the summer signs

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were being replaced with lots of new ones

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 promoting education in Jerusalem,

as school children returned to their classrooms.

Adults took advantage of end of summer

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 at The Israel Museum.

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In the Garden,

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next to the Big Bambu, all lit up at night,

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was the hugely popular Wine Festival,

where twenty wineries shared samples.

Not all of the samples were wine,

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and not all were popular,

as tables were filled with these discarded orange shpritzes.

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Usually the children’s wing and playground are busy places,

but not on the four nights of this festival.

Not to worry,

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on the way home I saw that signs were already up for a new event

at the Jerusalem Theater, “24 hours of PIANOS,”

plus there is another free concert in Kikar Safra on 11th,

 just part of what is happening

on the Jerusalem, Israel, streets this week.