Time for Tu B’Shevat in Jerusalem

Last week Jerusalem, Israel, was a winter wonderland,

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snowing hard enough that even friends from Norway and Canada commented.

snowman melting, Jerusalem photo

However, by Friday afternoon it had warmed enough that

 our snowman was not looking so good and had lost one radish eye.

Jerusalem after snow photo, Jerusalem photo tour

A few dirty old piles of snow and ice are still around,

Jerusalem photo, tree fallen

while piles of downed branches line many Jerusalem streets.

Jerusalem photo. tree dwon

Large limbs of trees fell near the Prime Minister’s residence,

Jerusalem photo tree down

and many large trees like this one came down because of the weather.

Jerusalem photo tree damage

In the Davidka Square, all the newly planted trees were ruined; 

only one branch was left dangling after the snow damage was cleaned up.

Jerusalem photo tree down

When the sun came out and temperatures warmed up, not everyone

seemed to be bothered by the branches that littered the sidewalks.

Jerusalem photo at night

Post-snowstorm,  there is still plenty to clean up on the streets,

 but if you are looking for ice,

fish store, Jerusalem photo shuk

 you’ll have to go once again to the Machane Yehuda market, the shuk,

where the fish shops are filled with fresh fish on ice.

shuk, market, Machane Yehuda photo

At the shuk, fresh figs were on sale yesterday ahead of Tu B’Shvat,

the New Year for trees, ten days from now:

a perfect time to plant new trees.

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