How is This Passover Different Than All Others?

It felt like spring last week,

at times it even got hot enough to dry clothes.

Passover is a only week away.

There will be extra sanitation service

and special bins for burning Chometz will be out.

Every last bit of bread will go up in smoke,

 so that the windows will have to be closed.

But first,

everything from large plasma TVs and refrigerators are on sale,

Jerusalem photo, image Jerusalem

and as usual, all kinds of housewares can be found on the streets.

Passover food on display, Jerusalem photo

Dates, nuts and other holiday foods are everywhere.

Jewish wedding , Jerusalem street scene

Now is the time to get married before the holidays,

Jewish wedding, Jerusalem photos

although not everyone seemed so excited at this outdoor chuppah.

The Mea Shearim (100 Gates) neighborhood was always on

our ‘must do shopping list’ when we came as tourists

so I decided to go to see what was new for Passover this year.

The area which used to have beautiful art work for sale,

photos of rebbes, Jerusalem street  scene

 now is big on photographs of rabbis,

picutre of rebbes, Jerusalem street scene

some very big ones indeed.

pashkevillim, posters in Mea Shaerim

As always there were pashkvilim, the red one announced a big fair.

pashkevilim., Jerusalem street photo

This man’s job is to put up the new announcements,

posting sings in Mea Shearim

impressive how quickly he works.

poster against IDF, Jerusalem street sign

The ultra-orthodox community is not too pleased with the 

 proposed changes in the laws on army service and it showed.

poster against Yoir Lapid

Which is worse for this generation: Yair Lapid or an iPhone?

Jerusalem street scene,

Everything from new bikes

Passover photo, image Jerusalem passover time

to a coat of fabric looking like a piece of matzah,

Passover covers, Matzah cover photo

and new designs of matzah covers were out on the street.

This is the busiest season for retailers.

Thousands of visitors arrive annually during the week before Passover.

Jerusalem streets are packed with rental cars and tourist buses.

But this year President Obama has decided to pay a visit to Israel.

Many streets will be blocked.

Hundreds of cars will not be allowed to park in their usual spots.

US flag, #ObamainIsrael

US flags are ready and flying along the Presidential route.

This year, the week before Passover should be like no other.


13 thoughts on “How is This Passover Different Than All Others?

  • March 17, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    loved your pictures.
    Have a great Pesach
    Marilyn Rubin

  • March 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    As usual, amazing pictures. Chag Sameach.

    Zalmen Stein

  • March 17, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I remember when the same people would run away from getting their photos taken! Now they condemn iphones, but hang photos of the rebeeim on their walls instead of art. Strange new world indeed. Chag Kasher v’Sameach!

  • March 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    What a fashion statement – that matzoh coat is the best…where can I get one!?… Around here it’s been “erev chag” for two weeks now. Chag sameach Sharon!

  • March 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Dear Sharon, Loved the photos, must get a matza hat to match, Happy kosher chag ,Debby

  • March 21, 2013 at 5:37 am

    thank you so much for sharing. I dont understand Obama’s visit . Hope everyone should have a safe and healthy kosher chag..

  • March 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Hi Sharon,
    YOu would think Obama would have a better understanding of our Chagim, fancy arriving just before Pesach. Oh well, I hope he enjoys the visit!!
    Chag Sameach to you and your family Sharon.
    Love Sara


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