Jerusalem Purim and Marathon Time

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.

Jerusalem construction site.

Of course, the noise of construction sites continued.

Beautiful sounds were heard, the music of Shlomo Katz

Lone IDF soldiers on stage with Shlomo Katz at benefite conert.

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,

street sign for Mordechai the Jew

and a stroll down Mordechai the Jew Street,

Synagogue name for Mordechai the Jew in Jerusalem

where Mordechai (however you spell it in English)

has his own synagogue.

The fruit store around the corner

Jerusalem Israel produce store with photos of Rabbis on wall

has not only a colorful display of fresh produce,

but also famous faces to watch over you.

Jaffa Gate where Jerusalem Marathon route will go on March 17

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.

Jerusalem Marathon March 17, 2017

When the weather clears, runners can be found training.

One of the conferences this week marked 100 Years

since the Balfour Declaration.

100 years of Balfour Declaration at Waldorf Hotel

While it was a bit early for November 2nd, it featured informative talks.

While Bibi was being celebrated in Australia,

Jerusalem protest site outside PM residence

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.

Rosh Hodesh Adar in Jerusalem at Kotel

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?

Cofizz store where 6 is posted over 5 shekel

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.

Jerusalem music festival at night in Old City

Sounds of the Old City Music Festival,  7:00 – 11:00 pm – March 20 – 23,

so many things happening on the Jerusalem streets.

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