Ten years ago, the first RJS blog was published on Sukkot – Holiday Crowds in Jerusalem.
The holiday season crowds in Jerusalem, Israel, have arrived again.
The first day of the holiday was a beautiful day, but the next day there was a sound and and light show the likes of I have never seen in Jerusalem.
Thunder and lightning went on and on, long enough to finally get a good video on the 7th attempt.
The late President Shimon Peres hosted the Beit Hanasi open houses back in the early days of RJS.
This year President Reuven Rivlin invited children into his sukkah to help him decorate.
The Presidential Cat was in the garden to supervise.
Children were busy making decorations and paper chains.
As Sukkot holiday approaches in Jerusalem,
Sukkot are popping out on porches,
on a low balcony,
or on stilts to support the sukkah as it extends off the porch.
Restaurants need a large sukkah to accommodate holiday crowds.
The sukkot in the above photos have bamboo mats used on top as s’chach.
This is the time of year in Jerusalem to trim the palm trees, so that the large branches can be put on top of the sukkah.
Searching for the perfect species in the main market near Machane Yehuda is an annual sight.
In Jerusalem, also, popup shops for lulav and etrog were easy to find.
Tens of thousands gathered at the Kotel, the Western Wall, for Birchat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing which was broadcast live.
These were the usual sights throughout Jerusalem, Israel this week.
But I will end with ‘not your average sukkah’ –
While nothing has been quite like this sukkah on a camel from years ago,
here is another unique sukkah, outside of Heichal Shlomo on King George Street.
As part of the Jerusalem Biennale, is this ‘reflective sukkah’. The outside walls work as distorted mirrors. Look closely, see if you can find me in the photo?
The plaza in front of the Great Synagogue is in the background.
I hope this last photograph does not make you dizzy.
This week of Sukkot holiday meals and the overwhelming number of events did make me dizzy.
So much happening on the Jerusalem streets on Sukkot!
And you never know what will happen next.
Thunder and lightning on Monday night and again on Tuesday afternoon!
When they say something moves as fast as lightning, yes, it moves fast and is hard to capture.
Many sukkot were blown down in the stormy weather.
I am now more satisfied to share this year’s modest decorations.
Happy that our sukkah is still standing!