Chasing Supermoon in Jerusalem

Chasing Supermoon in Jerusalem

Supermoon, a very hyped supermoon,

was to be seen over Israel,

the largest since 1948.

Feeling much like Don Quixote,

I joined other photographers before dark,

Supermoon in Jerusalem Israel

all looking for the perfect vantage point

to get the best shot of the Supermoon rising

Kotel, Western Wall time for supermoon Jerusalem Israel

over the Kotel, the Western Wall.

Oops–the first glimpse of light

Nighttime view of Mount of Olives

was a tease, as it turned out to be hotel lights.

But there it really was,

Over the Western Wall supermoon

the Supermoon rising

Supermoon at Kotel

over the Kotel, covered by clouds.

Old City Jerusalem Kotel for supermoon

The clearest photo of the Supermoon rising

Kotel for supermoon photo Jerusalem, Israel

was hardly an epic photo.

Ktoel for supermoon from Kisgav Ledach Street Old city

Photographers packing up,

Street in Old City Jerusalem Israel

a couple walking on the dark streets of Old City,

Inside Jaffa Gate at night shoppers.

and the lights of the shops near Jaffa Gate,

all made for better photos

on the unusually warm November night.

Shaer Yafo for supermoon Old City Jerusalem

Finally, by the time I got to Jaffa Gate,

the clouds had cleared and the moon was high in the sky.

So as the Man from La Mancha chased his windmills,

Jaffa Gate, Old City, supermoon,

I chased around the walls of the Old City

Supermoon over Tower of David

to find the Supermoon

Walls of Old City lit at night from Jaffa Gate

 appearing over the walls.

It looked like it usually does,

every month on the night of a full moon.

Today on social media there are some epic photos,

plus #supermoondisappoint comments and pictures.

So here you have it,

Moon supermoon

my Supermoon over Jerusalem, Israel.

I would like to know how anyone got a good shot

without combining two photos.

I did not catch the moment.

post production of supermoon to make it look pink

Later at home,

 I was able to color my moon pink.

If anyone who wants one to look like blue cheese,

I can do that on request.

Lots of hype, lots of hopes,

but my advice is

  come visit us any month to see the full moon.

No need to wait for another Supermoon.

Jerusalem More than Sukkot on Sukkot

Intense.

Exhausting.

 Sukkot are special,

Simple style natural sukka on moshav in fields

we even found one in the fields of a moshav.

However, in Jerusalem, Israel,

 there was much more happening.

Birkat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing,

attracted tens of thousands as it does  every year.

Not just on Wednesday morning,

 but on other days of the holiday

People walking near Jaffa Gate on Friday sukkot

thousands walked to the Old City,

and to the Kotel, the Western Wall.

Muslim men going to pray in Old City Friday Sukkot

This way or that way,

Muslims going to pray on Friday sukkot

on Friday of Sukkot,

Muslims and Jews going to Jaffa Gate on Friday sukkot

thousands of Jews and Muslims

were walking toward the Old City together.

The annual Jerusalem Parade again

attracted thousands of international participants

with thousands of Israeli spectators.

Gan Sacher ready for Jerusalem parade on Sukkot

The feel-good event started in Gan Sacher,

Sacher Park. where flags and flowers lined the street.

Israeli Museum kite festival on Sukkot

The Israeli Museum held its annual Kite Festival,

Israel Museum kite festival

but you had to provide your own wind most of day,

so we did not get to see the huge kites in the air this time.

The musical events seemed endless,

with way too many to list.

However, a few of them

we wished we could have attended include:

Chabad had Yishai Lapidot at the Great Synagogue,

and at the Yellow Submarine were

our friends Moshe Hendel and Zusha.

Every night of chol hamoed

a large show was staged at the Sultan’s Pool.

Also, those Simchot Beit Hashoeva with music and more

at homes, yeshivas and places too many to recount.

Then there were the fairs!

A street fair on Derech Beit Lechem,

unusual dance street fair sukkot Jerusalem

had this unusual dancer/s.

Jerusalem street fair carved vegetables

The only carved pumpkin I saw this week was at the fair.

There was everything from carved vegetables

Jerusalem street fair music sukkot Israel

to live musicians and more.

Thousands turned out for the evening fun.

Another new fair was held at Mamilla Mall,

Sukkot special fair at Mamilla Mall

where the young and not-so-young could purchase

Israeli products at a Mini-Market set up in the mall.

Sukkot in Jerusalem Israel Tachana Rishona stalls

First Station had its stalls ready to sell goods.

For holiday tourists,

Tachana Rishona Octoberfest

Octoberfest beer and food were also ready.

A parade of very different type,

Women Walking for Peace also ended

Jerusalem protest women who walked for peace

in Jerusalem, Israel, near the Prime Minister’s house.

Here four women are carrying a banner from the march.

Sukkot comes to an end with Hoshana Rabba.

sing for list of all night classes hashana raba

Signs were up all week for classes

and all-night study programs

of all types and locations.

For those more into sport than study,

the Harlem Globetrotters were at the Sports Center.

Sign for Harlem Globetrotters in Jerusalem Israel Sukkot

I wanted to be sure that I had a photo of that sign

towering near the walls of the Old City.

And more sports,

new oleh and former NBA basketball star,

Basketball star Amar'e Stoudemire Hapoel Jerusalem basketball star at Inbal Hotel for fund raiser

Amar’e Stoudemire came out to support charities

for his new Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team.

What next?

Hebrew sign Jerusalem

AniNation, an international celebration

of animation meets in Jerusalem, Israel.

I have no idea what that will be,

but first we have Simhat Torah.

Tonight the streets will be filled with thousands

celebrating, singing and dancing with the Torah.

Soon it will be after the chagim,

universities will begin their classes,

and children will go back to school and “normal.”

But first, for the last time for a while,

bus sign Jerusalem holiday

 chag sameach.