The last week has been another roller coaster one,
with so much attention centered around Gaza,
which in Hebrew is Azza.
There were even jokes about Azza,
Street that is, which is near where we live.
No jokes, as 64 Israeli soldiers died,
and one went to this Jerusalem, Israel school.
The death notices posted and displayed inside are in his memory.
Many more soldiers were injured.
You could spot the hospital rooms of injured soldiers
by the collection of gifts near the room and
the well-wishers in the hall waiting to enter.
The banner reading
“Soldiers of Israel, we are with you the whole way, return in peace,”
was displayed on many Jerusalem buses this week.
This synagogue had its flag flying at half mast.
Small Israeli flags were flown from cars,
and the Jewish Agency Building brought out their large flags
and this special sign, all in support of Israeli Army.
Flags and signs were hung in Paris Square,
even hand painted ones were allowed to stay.
Children’s summer activities were moved inside,
while signs announced free admissions in August.
In spite of everything, there were signs of development,
as construction continued deep into the ground.
Tisha B’Av with its signs of mourning,
sitting on the ground
while reading Eicha, in Gan Ha’atzmaut, Independence Park.
Hundreds joined the 20th walk around the Walls of the Old City
on Tisha B’Av night, with many waving Israeli flags.
The route was changed this year.
A funeral was being held on Mount of Olives for a young father
who was killed by a terrorist driving an excavator on a Jerusalem street.
Security was high,
but the crowds were not as large as usual
near the Western Wall, the Kotel,
a sorry sign of these times.
And this sign,
it was just announced that Hussam Kawasma,
the Hamas terrorist who planned and commanded the terror cell
that kidnapped Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel
has been arrested.
“We Are Strong Together,” in bold letters on another sign.
What a time it has been.
Today the strange winter clouds have lifted,
the sky is again a clear summer blue.
From people passing on the street you hear the words
“shooting” and “ceasefire,”
but tension felt in the air seems to be lifting too.
Next time we plan to share photos from the new exhibit
at the Bloomfield Science Museum,
as everyone gets back to ‘normal’
on the real Jerusalem, Israel streets.
Photos of happy, smiling family reunions as soldiers return home
are filling Facebook pages.
Oh well that was quick, red alerts are going in the South,
36 hours into 72 Gaza is firing rockets again!
Now saying false alarms.