It is hot, very hot. Most people are trying to avoid going out in the sun,
but the streets are still full of buses, lined up at the usual tourist sites.
Jerusalem is suffering in a heat wave, with random power outages as the electricity grid is strained.
The weather is not bad for all things,
this ‘recycle’ garden does not seem to be affected at all.
Mamilla Mall was full and comfortable in spite of the high temperatures.
On any afternoon you might find musicians outside the walls of the Old City
or inside them.
Music can get little feet
and not-so-little feet moving.
Street musicians often play in the area around the Machane Yehudah Market, the shuk.
The variety of instruments
and music festivals
is just astounding.
The month of August is full of music.
From a band up on the roof in the shuk
down to the street below; there was music on Monday night.
BenYehuda Street was full of young people who came to hear Funkenstein on a Friday afternoon.
There was lots of beer and too many cigarettes.
At the other end of the Ben Yehuda Mall, a night bus was blasting music from the top deck.
On Thursday night, large crowds came to Mamilla Mall
and to Kikar Safra for free city concerts.
At any time and any place, the Reb Nachman vehicles can stop, and music and dancers fill the streets.
The streets this summer might be full of the sound of music,
but until the heat wave breaks, during the day there will be lines and crowds for icy drinks too.