In Jerusalem, Israel, September days seem to be cooler.
Then along comes a hot day and a humid night.
But summer is over and back to busy schedules.
This was a busy week, one of those when it was hard to decide which events to attend.
President Rivlin hosted Israel’s best female football (soccer) players today.
The ASA Tel Aviv team, second-time champions, brought their winner’s cup to Beit Hanasi.
On Sunday, President Reuven Rivlin hosted religious women from Movilot, an organization that promotes employment for ultra-Orthodox women in Israel.
Rivka Ravitz his long-serving Chief of Staff was there for the morning event.
Later in the day, it was announced that she gave birth to her 12th child.
I hesitated and did not take a photo of Rivka in the morning, but here is one from last year.
She was always at the President’s side, but stays out of the photographer’s view.
The next day without his faithful assistant, the President received a birthday cake.
“There is nothing more thrilling than to celebrate your 80th birthday with the youngest and most daring brigade in the army. With you, I feel safe and young. In Pirke Avot (the Ethics of the Fathers), it says ‘80 years old for heroism.’ But you, you are the real heroes.”
The September 17 election day is approaching. Before the previous election on a trip to the logistic center, we were told how the day after an election they begin to prepare for the next one.
Did anyone really believe then that indeed we would have an election again so soon?
The only thing for sure about this election is that no one really knows what will happen.
What I can tell you with certainty is there is a new film called”Leiber-Man” directed by Nurit Kedar. Because of election laws, it cannot be shown on Israeli TV until after the polls have closed on election day. Kedar received invaluable film footage from Alexander Gentelev before he passed away which she incorporated brilliantly in her documentary.
Avigdor Liberman arrived in Israel as a 20-year-old and started working at the airport handling luggage the next day. He has held many senior government positions other than Prime Minister. How his actions will affect the next Knesset will be more clear next week.
I am staying away from political debate and moving on to graffiti.
Some of the recent graffiti has been colorful.
If you want, some of the recent photos of ugly graffiti are here.
This sign for Guatemala was put up over vandalized Honduras thank you.
Why mention graffiti this week?
On my way to the Cinematheque for the “Leiber-man” documentary, I looked down and saw this inscription on the footbridge over Derech Hevron, Hebron Road.
I had to stop, look, think, and go back again.
This view from the pedestrian bridge is one I try and share with participants of photo walks.
The walls of the Old City are across the Sultan’s Pool. Looking in this direction, Jaffa Gate is in the distance.
This area was part of No Man’s Land from 1948-1967.
I wonder who did this. What will happen next in the promised land is hard to predict.
I do know – that nearby Muslim women were having a picnic in Liberty Bell Park.
Next to the park at the Inbal Hotel, a large welcome sign was up for international delegates for the Declaration of Our Common Destiny.
Its lofty aim is to support President Rivlin’s challenge to engage unity within diversity. When meeting the scholars and advisors at Beit Hanasi, he said:
“The miracle of the Jewish people is not only that we survived for thousands of years. The miracle is that, despite the fact that we were spread all over the world, speak different languages and developed different traditions, we always were one people. Despite our differences, we remained bound by our shared history, our core values and beliefs, our Book of Books, and our commitment to improving the world. It helped that our enemies always saw us as one people. Our enemies don’t see any difference between one stream of Judaism and another: Secular, Haredi, Reform, Conservative, Masorti – for them we are all Jews. “
I heard about a very different and special mission which was based at the Inbal Hotel.
The special Children’s Center Israel Trip sounded impressive.
I thank my friend for telling me about Yaakov Shwekey’s family and how they brought a group of special needs children on an amazing trip of a lifetime to Israel.
Oh, there was so much more, but enough for now.
Be the best you can be.