After Hanukkah is over
there comes a long stretch with no major holidays.
It’s a time to get back to ‘normal.’
For many tens of thousands, mostly Anglos,
the visit and four performances of Jerry Steinfeld
was a big deal for two evenings in Tel Aviv,
so was the opening of Star Wars at Jerusalem’s Cinema City.
Out on the Jerusalem, Israel, streets
new bollards are being installed at city bus stops,
to make waiting for a bus safer from car rammings.
But, as I write this post,
there has been a new stabbing attack outside Jaffa Gate,
at the open walkway where hundreds pass day and night,
which was recently the back drop of a wonderful video.
An annual occasion,
one of the bittersweet kind,
was the Bar and Bat Mitzvah reception,
held at Beit Hanasi, Israeli President’s Residence.
Naor Ben-Ezra who was seriously injured
by a 13 year-old stabber in October spoke
on behalf of 58 young victims of terror
who joined President Reuven Rivlin to celebrate their special day.
The Rivlins were in New York for most of Hanukkah,
but this cat stayed on guard in their absence.
Jerusalem started a cleanup campaign,
initiating environmental improvements that include
much needed shady areas in public parks.
The President of Ukraine was here for three days,
but as usual there is too much happening to keep up with him too.
The annual Hullegeb Festival
celebrated Israeli-Ethiopian arts and music,
was followed by three days of Piano concerts
at the Jerusalem Theater.
That seems to be our normal,
the good and bad,
birth and death.
Time to get going to deliver dinner to families with new babies,
then two nights of pianos ahead!
the majority polled think attempted murder is justified.
Must enjoy the good things happening,
because those stabbings, rammings and attempts at terror
are not going away any time soon.
This is the not-so-new normal in Jerusalem.