The Jerusalem streets are quieter than usual during this a major holiday season.
The Shabbat before Pesach, Passover, is called Shabbat HaGadol.
In the past years, announcements for major Shabbat HaGadol talks by famous rabbis would be plastered around the Jerusalem streets.
However, this year is not like any other, and many of those lectures have moved online.
There will be no public matzah baking in Kikar Safra,
no huge crowds at the Kotel, Western Wall,
for the Birkat Kohanim, Priestly Blessing,
no family reunions in parks,
and no big family seder meals.
This year is a time to remember years past,
and look forward to the future.
Next Year in Jerusalem!
Jerusalem, Israel weather is often the topic of conversation.
This week has seen a bit of everything, but snow.
Today is cold and grey, not a pretty picture.
But yesterday, the sky was blue and
perfect background for the almond tree blossoms bursting forth in the midday sun.
It’s raining in Jerusalem, Israel, a cold and grey Friday winter day.
But when the weather cleared on Wednesday evening, before all the world leaders arrived for the World Holocaust Forum on Thursday, I decided to walk home from Jaffa Gate.
Here for you to enjoy, two video projections on the Old City Wall opposite Mamilla Mall.
These scenes of Jerusalem were enhanced by the inclusion of music.
This flags video with welcome greetings is longer. See how many languages you know!
Good thing I decided to walk home that night.
The main streets were already closed near popular hotels.
What a week it was in Jerusalem with royalty and presidents and international heads of governments gathering to commemorate the Allies victory over the Nazis and 75th year of liberation of Auschwitz.
We remember. Never again.
A Hebrew blessing from the President of Germany to begin and end his speech!
Who could have imagined such scenes in Jerusalem 80 years ago when the British turned European Jews seeking refuge away from the shores of Mandate Palestine?
More next time, so much happened this week on the Jerusalem streets,
but now its time to start the challah and chicken soup for Shabbat.