Jerusalem Marathon and More

The US Vice-President went home.

The Israeli President went to Russia to meet Putin.

The flags for the Romanian President’s visit are gone,

but othere flags are lining the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

Flags and more flags are flying in gusting winds,

Signs for Jerusalem marathon

flags ready for the Jerusalem Marathon.

 25,000 runners of all ages,

2500 of them from out of country are expected.

Day and night,

Jerusalem marathon training

they have been seen training for the Friday morning race.

Weather has been cold, then hot and sunny, and then rainy,

all in the same day, the same hour!

Jerusalem Marathon

But come Friday, major streets will be closed,

 and schools, businesses, even the Israel Museum,

will not open as usual.

Jerusalem marathon

Large posters at Gan Sacher, Sacher Park

have been put up near the starting line,

Jerusalem marathon sign at Jaffa Gate

and another is at Jaffa Gate.

half marathon finish line

One finish line next to the park

has been ready for days.

Jerusalem arena for sports

The Sport and Health fair leading up to race time,

is at the Jerusalem Arena this year.

Meanwhile, there is another marathon,

the Purim marathon keeping many families busy.

Purim ‘lead up’ has been well under way,

Purim

with an extra Adar leap-year month to prepare.

Jerusalem marathon sign and Purim

Azza Zazza promises megilat Esther reading every hour on Friday,

March 25, for Jerusalem’s Shushan Purim celebrations.

Sign for Purim on buses

Buses display banners of Purim festivals.

The streets are not as crowded,

Mamilla Mall Jerusalem, Israel

and Mamilla Mall is not bustling as usual.

Mamilla Mall

But it is still the weather that keeps me inside,

first dust, then rain.

Today’s rain should clean the air for the runners.

I was glad to be out in the Old City as the sun was setting,

Dancing for sefer torah at Kotel

 to find men dancing at Kotel, the Western Wall,

Sunset at Western Wall

 singing and live music to dedicate a new Torah scroll.

Night time at Western Wall scene from steps

Life goes on in spite of the security situation.

Sports and Purim and if that is not enough,

there is a Bach Festival this week,

with music, events, lectures and art,

over several days in multiple locations.

Jerusalem tape on stone designs

 These new tape art designs are for Purim?

The Jerusalem Marathon route goes by this intersection,

but being so close to the finish line, I doubt most people will notice.

You never know what you will find next

on the Jerusalem, Israel streets,

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