Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day,
saw tens of thousands celebrating on King George Street,
as it filled with a sea of blue and white Israeli flags.
Afternoon shadows were not good for photos,
but the shade from hot sun was appreciated.
The Flag Parade, with its singing and dancing,
is mostly known for rowdy young male participants.
Last year I walked the entire route,
and as usual, if RJS is there, nothing bad happened.
This year what was significant was
not the guys, but the girls.
There were so many girls.
The crowd of girls stretched far into town,
farther than the eye or zoom lens could see.
There were two bands for separate dancing,
with their Israeli flags,
these girls were next to the guys’ circles,
but the guys seemed to take no notice of them.
Also significant to note concerning this day,
more than just teenage exuberance,
is the young families, who were walking,
hundreds of families, many dressed in blue and white.
While thousands of older people lined the streets to watch.
From around the world they came,
to join in the celebrations
of Jerusalem being liberated and reunited,
on 28th of Iyar, June 1967,
as Israeli paratroopers reentered the Old City by way of the Lions’ Gate.
All the street closings
for flags and dancing and parades,
and the Trump presidential visit caused less
traffic havoc than two accidents and
an overload of cars on Thursday, causing gridlock,
making Jerusalem look like one big parking lot.
Tens of thousands of international visitors are still around.
A group of Christian tourists were dancing at Yaffa Gate,
to the Hebrew song “Moshiach.”
Under a clear blue sky the Old City
was serene and picture perfect.
On Shavuot, 5 Sivan, Tuesday, May 30,
the streets will again be filled, not with cars,
but with throngs of people walking,
to the Kotel, Western Wall for holiday prayers.
During the Six-Day War, all of Israel was united,
The defeat of the invading Arab armies has often been
described as miraculous.
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could come together again,
in good times, not just bad.
A timely message on this Jerusalem public bus.
Chag Sameach, Happy Holiday.