Jerusalem, Israel, is a a busy place.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu is in town,
as is the Foreign Minister of Moldova, Andrei Galbur,
plus there are more conferences than one person can possibly attend.
Last week was a bit quieter with the Israeli PM away.
No noisy, late night motorcades with loud speakers blaring
meant the Jerusalem streets were quieter.
Of course, the noise of construction sites continued.
Beautiful sounds were heard, the music of Shlomo Katz
for the Lone Soldier Center in memory of Michael Levin,
at a special benefit concert which ended the week.
Making the evening more special, a father-son duet and
Shlomo’s father, Avshalom, telling how he served as a lone soldier.
With Purim approaching,
it was time for a new photo of an old sign,
and a stroll down Mordechai the Jew Street,
where Mordechai (however you spell it in English)
has his own synagogue.
The fruit store around the corner
has not only a colorful display of fresh produce,
but also famous faces to watch over you.
The large Jerusalem Marathon sign is up by Yaffa Gate.
On Friday morning March 17, tens of thousands will be
running the marathon route through the Old City.
When the weather clears, runners can be found training.
One of the conferences this week marked 100 Years
since the Balfour Declaration.
While it was a bit early for November 2nd, it featured informative talks.
While Bibi was being celebrated in Australia,
a camp was set up outside the Prime Minister’s House
protesting the destruction of Amona.
Today, 9 more Jewish houses were destroyed in Ofra.
A large crowd gathered at the Kotel, Western Wall,
on Rosh Chodesh Adar in the morning.
There were thousands of men and women,
and two women protesting with loud whistles,
while most people were trying to pray.
Purim in Jerusalem is not a one night event as in much of the world,
but it goes on and on and on.
Starting with Rosh Chodesh Adar, the beginning of the Hebrew month,
for two weeks, young school children
learn upside-down and fun topics,
and wear pajamas to nursery school, or dress as clowns,
or wear a different hat home each day.
Strangely, much of the time too many things feel upside down.
But with all this going on what is getting attention?
I had to pay an extra shekel to get my ice coffee!
A clever ‘6’ sticker was pasted over the ‘all for 5’ on Cofizz.
I was asked to share events before they happen,
so here are a few important dates for March:
Ta’anit Esther – Fast of Esther March 9, 2017
Reading Megillat Esther – March 11, after Shabbat
Purim – March 12
Reading Megillat Esther in Jerusalem – evening March 12
Shushan Purim, celebrated in Jerusalem – March 13
Purim at the Bible Lands Museum – Free Entrance for Children –
Sun – Mon| March 12-13 | 10:00-14:00
Jerusalem Marathon – Friday morning, March 17, 2017.
Sounds of the Old City Music Festival, 7:00 – 11:00 pm – March 20 – 23,
so many things happening on the Jerusalem streets.