Nine Days of Av

Nine Days of Av

Rosh Chodesh Av starts the annual period of mourning in the Jewish calendar before the fast of Tisha b’Av, the 9th of the month of Av, which commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples and other catastrophic events that befell the Jewish people.

With restrictions on live music, eating meat and drinking wine, there is a more somber mood this week in Jerusalem, Israel.

This year, however, the World Cup final provided and excuse for some to hold large gatherings to watch the game: at the Tower of David, street cafes and many outdoor venues.

Hinnom Valley Food Truck Festival in Jerusalem , Israel

This summer there is something new called Auto Ochel, food trucks in Valley of Hinnom.  The restaurants featured this week provided dairy meals for the Nine Days.

For this week, celebrations are limited, as for example, no Jewish weddings are held, in order to remember the destruction. 

Beit Hamikdash model at Israel Museum

This model of the Second Temple stands outside at the Israel Museum.

Corner stone from Beit Hamikdash in Israel Museum

Inside the museum a stone salvaged from its destruction in Jerusalem so many centuries ago is on display.

This time of year I remember the beautiful town of Yamit which was destroyed in 1981 in order to return every grain of sand in the Sinai peninsula back to Egypt as part of the peace treaty.

photo of photo of Gush Katfi before it was destroyed

Thirteen years have passed since summer of destruction of Gush Katif.  These beautiful homes were in one of the Israeli communities destroyed.

From Gush Katif Museum memorial for destroyed communities.

We are no closer to the promised peace.

Israeli fields have gone up in smoke over past three months. 7,400 acres were burnt.

Today two incendiary balloons from Gaza landed in a nursery school playground.

Sderot JNF playground built inside with bomb shelters

In this photo from Operation Pillar of Defense, November 2012, children in Sderot played inside the bomb-protected playground as missiles were launched at them from Gaza.

Who remembers the Truth about Gaza?

Excavation of new entrance to Western Wall Plaza

Thousands of pilgrims walked up these steps to the Holy Temples of old.

This week we remember the destruction in Jerusalem.

Ir David, City of David, is having a summer festival after Tisha B’Av, with camel rides and workshops.

The 35 th Jerusalem Film Festival begins next week, followed by the annual Wine Festival at the Israel Museum.

Next week we look forward to weddings, music and celebrations, and building new homes, with hope for the future.

Jerusalem Summer is Festival Time

Jerusalem Summer is Festival Time

Summer in Jerusalem, Israel, means it is festival time.

“Dream Herzl” is being held this week at the Har Herzl Museum on Har Herzl.

Har Herzl Museum with actor dressed as Herzl

Would or could have Herzl ever dreamed of any of these?

Entrance to Botanical Gardens for Playmobil Jerusalem Israel summer

PlayMobil Festival at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens is opening July 23.

New building at Botanical Gardens Jerusalem

The new center is getting closer to completion.

Jerusalem Israel Botanical Gardens wedding photos

Brides pose near the pond for wedding photos.

Summer 2018 pirate ship in Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

A PlayMobil pirate ship is ready for youngsters to climb.

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens sign for Playmobil summer event

The big sign is up, and grandmothers have arrived with young children, only to be told it is not open yet.

Children who live in Jerusalem from families with Yerushalayim discount cards can get in for free.

Will have to see if that is for the special summer festival also.

Jerusalem Theatre art display Ethiopian photos

Also free and open now are the galleries at the Jerusalem Theater. One foyer has black and white photos of Ethiopian Israelis.

Haredi art at Jerusalem Theater

Upstairs at the Henri Crown Auditorium is an exhibit called “Haready Made.”

Contemporary Jewish religious art of the Hamiklat, ArtShelter Gallery, is on display until July 7.

Outline Illustration and Word Festival in Jerusalem

The Outline Festival has 150 illustrators, animators, writers and poets, providing 15 exhibits in various locations.

Sign for Jerusalem Israel Iceland

Not free, but starting July 8, for the entire summer is IceLand.

Do you think Herzl would ever have imagined people would be ice skating in Jerusalem in August?

Performances and meetings in the park for children all summer in Jerusalem Israel

All summer, Jerusalem public parks will be hosting weekday events for children at 5:00 pm.

Rock, Paper and Scissors is a new exhibit opening at the at Tower of David Museum.

Haneviim Chazanut Festival in Jerusalem Israel

Three days of Chazanut, cantorial music, called HaNaviim, the Prophets, will be at Beit Avi Chai.

Then there is the Jerusalem Film Festival from July 26-August 5.

The annual Streetball Festival is the end of July.

Blood Moon over Jerusalem is on July 27 for Tu B’Av.

More than Herzl or the ancient prophets ever could have envisioned, is happening in Jerusalem.

However, today is July 4th.

Liberty Bell Park memorial for Yoni Netanyahu Jerusalem Israel

Entebbe and Yoni Netanyahu are remembered in Jerusalem’s Liberty Bell Park.

I decided to end with the US anthem from a special program honoring First Responders at the King David Hotel.

The program honored Israeli and US security, police, fire and EMT, all working together to make the world safer.

Jerusalem Light Festival in Old City

Jerusalem Light Festival in Old City

The tenth annual Jerusalem Light Festival is taking place this week at night in the Old City.

The streets are closed from 8- 11:00 pm, to accommodate the tens of thousands of visitors.

Light installation outside wall of Old City for Jerusalem Light Festival

Colorful international light installations are once again a popular attraction.

Old City Wall with English saying from Jerusalem Light Festival

Near Jaffa Gate sayings about light are projected on the wall.

Jerusalem Light Festival Arabic saying

The sayings are repeated in Hebrew, English and Arabic.

Jerusalem Light Festival costume

People in costumes entertain the crowd.

Person in costume for Jerusalem Light Festival

Not just light on walls, but on wings as well.

Jerusalem Light Festival in Old City

As one walks around the Old City, the projections appear.

Jerusalem Light Festival in Old City man taking a photo

Thousands of photographers try to take a photo from an interesting angle in the dark.

Light Festival in Cardo Old City Jerusalem Israel

Crowds pass the colorful spider web of lights over the ancient Cardo.

Statutes of light for Jerusalem Light Festival

Three men took time out for a rest under the light sculptures named Ghostly Guests.

Jerusalem Light Festival lit dome with room to dance and music Jerusalem Old City

However, nearby people were dancing the night away under this dome.

Old City Walls with TS Eliot saying for Jerusalem Light Festival

Light. Light.

Light Restive in Old City Jerusalem Israel

Lights from Jerusalem, Israel.

The light and music video projections were highlights this year.

The light and music projection outside of Jaffa Gate required a video.

The light show inside Jaffa Gate was shorter, but the colors against the old stones always impressive.

Jerusalem Light Festival Hurva Synagogue top

One of the most popular light installations was on the Hurva Synagogue.

“Rainbow” was posted on the Shabbat Shalom post,

If you missed it, please click  HERE 

Another week with so much happening on the Jerusalem streets.