Much of the world is experiencing freezing temperatures,
but yesterday it was so warm here, that is hard to believe
that snow covered the city just two weeks ago.
The palm trees against the blue sky made for a great photo.
Some Cypress trees are still bent from the weight of the snow,
but the YMCA tower stands straight as usual.
A new exhibit on satire and humor (humour) opened in Mamilla Mall,
making it hard to get through there quickly to meet friends.
So many tourists were out enjoying the day and the weather.
The regular Thursday Bar Mitzvah crowds included many
that came from overseas to celebrate at the Kotel, the Western Wall.
While yesterday the topic of discussion for some
was the meaning of the Israeli election results,
what was truly impressive was the color and diversity on the streets.
Was this woman with green herbs getting ready for Tu Beshvat?
In the Old City I saw nuns dressed in blue,
monks in brown passing Arab women dressed in pink,
and groups os Christian tourists following a red and white flag.
People were eating outside and walking around.
Not everyone was smiling the entire time,
and these boys were riding golden lions?
There were lots of soldiers in green uniforms,
they came for a special swearing-in ceremony in the evening.
At least one soldier took the time to pray at the Kotel, the Western Wall.
On the way home I saw a sign announcing that the Kaiser
is coming to the Tower of David Museum.
Would the Kaiser in 1898 or anyone else imagine that Jews
and friends from all over the world would come to Jerusalem, Israel.
And who a few years could ago imagine that at the Kotel
people would Sykpe on an iPhone to families back home?