Passover Scenes in Jerusalem

Passover in Jerusalem, Israel, as always, was like nowhere else.

10 rockets rained in from Gaza to the south and Sderot.

In Jerusalem, it rained dirt for a short while; what a mess for the cars!

But it cleaned the air and with much less traffic,

everyone was breathing easier.

image closed for Passover

This 24/6 store was closed for seven days,

image Passover, photo Passover no bread

and bread bakeries were shut tight.

image Passover Jerusalem, picture Passover

One restaurant was selling used books instead of food.

image matzah on Passover

Passover matzah meals were enjoyed on the streets,

image Passover clothing, photo dressed in matching dlothes

as families paraded in their matching holiday outfits.

image David Citadel, photo Old City, picture Jaffa Gate

A banner welcomed all to the National park that surrounds the walls of the Old City.

image protest Old City, picture peaceful protest

A small, peaceful protest about the Temple Mount

at Jaffa Gate was not newsworthy.

Arab protesters and rock throwers got all the media attention,

image police Jerusalem, photo Israel crowd control, picture Old City security

but I was impressed with this police officer,

armed for serious crowd control – with a bull horn.

I was not the only one this year to come to the Jewish Quarter after the big

Birkat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing at the Kotel, the Western Wall.

Last year was such a mob scene.

picture Passover Old City

Popcorn and fresh juice were for sale on the route through the Old City.

image bagel closed, photo Passover Old City, picture Jerusalem

Bagel shops were closed,

but the shwarma bar was open, with its tables covered.

picture Hurva, photo Hurva shul, image synagogue

The image of the new  Hurva Synagogue

against a blue sky is always impressive.

image dressed for holiday, photo Western WAll, picture men Passover

People were dressed in so many ways for the holiday,

image Ethiopian, Western WAll, Waling wall apartheid

as they offered holiday greetings to one another.

image Ethoipians, picture Wailing wall, image Kosel

Many Ethiopians gathered around their leaders,

image Ethipians, picture kosel, photo Passover

who stood under their colorful umbrellas.

image Wailing Wall, photo Passover

But theirs were not the only umbrellas on the Kotel plaza.

With so many people converging in a small area,

image Arab girl, photo Israel apartheid, picture Palestinian Israel

the streets outside of the Old City were blocked to cars.

image Arab boys Old City, photo Israeli apartheid, picture streets closed Jerusalem

While inside the Old City roads were also blocked,

these young Arab men making a delivery had no trouble getting by,

image ARab woman Israel, photo Arab woman, picture Palestinian woman

and this Arab woman also walked freely.

image Arab girl, Israel apartheid, photo Israeli soldier

However, I was not allowed to use my regular exit.

We had to walk all the way around.

image Jerusalem, photo Silwan, picture from Old City walls

Look at the nice view of Jordan in the distance,

for nothing is very far away in Israel.

image Silwan, view Jerusalem,

These people stopped to enjoy the view.

Another barrier,

image exit Old City, photo Israel street blocked, picture barrier Jerusalem

 but this time ice cream trucks were ready for tired tourists.

image tourists, photo Old City, picture tour in Old City

And all day every day, tourists kept coming.

image road closed Jerusalem, street block Israel image

Then another closed road at Zion Gate,

photo car getting by closed road, photo Old City ,

but this car got through.

image Passover, photo Old City walls, picture Jerusalem passover

Finally outside the walls, a picture perfect time,

image passover, photo wailing wall, picture Al-Quds

that rock throwers did not ruin for the hundreds of thousands

of visitors who came from around the world.

There was as always too much to do and too little time,

and too much to eat.

And this year some major supermarkets ran out of eggs.

Big news,

image Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, picture lobby hotel, photo new Waldorf

that the new Waldorf-Astoria Hotel opened its doors to the public,

but  that will have to wait for next time…

must go bake some cookies now before all the kids go home.

16 thoughts on “Passover Scenes in Jerusalem

  • April 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    As usual, I loved all your beautiful photos and they made me realize how much I missed as I cooked and baked not too far away from where it was all happening! Kol Hakovod for always being in all the right places. Phyllis Koenigsberg

    • April 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      You took my words right off my keyboard. I also do not understand how she manages to be in all places at the same time (it sure looks like it anyway). Amazing photos of our Jerusalem. We can always come back to these Jerusalem sites to visit our Holy City, even from the beautiful Galilee.

  • April 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I so enjoy these photographs. I have never been to Israel and so these photos are very valuable to me, to see up close and personal what I may never see in person! Thank you for taking your time to share with us. The small details are very much appreciated, also.

  • April 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful photp essay on the chag! I guess now we will have to get an upgrade to the Waldorf (now that King David is not enough.)


    • April 24, 2014 at 12:16 am

      OMG wait until you see what it looks like! Need a whole post just for it, was so overwhelmed by the top hat and flowers…

    • April 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Barry,I had lunch today (Thursday April 24) at the Waldorf. I don’t recommend the lunch food. After 17 days open, it is far from good, let alone superior, which one would expect from a Waldorf chef. Better stick to the King David!

      • April 24, 2014 at 10:57 pm

        I know that food service needs great improvement, they had only ordered a fruit platter, and got three from three different slow waiters. There is still plenty of work to be finished up. But it has taken so long already, what is a few more months?

      • April 27, 2014 at 6:06 am

        My adult kids went on sat night and said the food was excellent! Beautiful hotel

  • April 24, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Thanks so much for giving us a “second best to being there” experience…we hate crowds and traffic so very much appreciate what you do!

  • May 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    These are awesome! I was missing Jerusalem so much this Pesach!


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