Yom Kippur in Jerusalem with Avinu Malkeinu

Yom Kippur in Jerusalem with Avinu Malkeinu

Where to go in Jerusalem, Israel for Selihot, special prayers said late at night or early in morning before Yom Kippur, gets to be a bigger problem every year as the number of options goes up.

Tens of thousands as usual gathered at the Kotel, Western WallHowever, true numbers are impossible to calculate, as people were turned away, the area was so crowded.

Hundreds were at First Station for musical Selihot. Even the Israel Museum hosted a special late Thursday night event.

Selichos at Government Square in Jerusalem Israel

From small synagogues, to the huge stage in Kikar Safra, Government Square, the options for Selihot and holiday musical programs seemed endless, religious and secular.

In some locations, weary parents brought their children to school before 6:00 am for special Selihot.

Booklet for Selichot at President House

For the fifth year, President Reuven Rivlin hosted an evening at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence.

Shul of Israel Prescient at Beit Hanasi

The synagogue is located in a corner of the back garden with 12 seats for women in the back of this men’s section.

Garden of Beit Hanasi with young soldiers for selihot

Each year this evening has changed and grown, this year 500 soldiers and post-high school students were invited.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Beit Hanasi Synagogue

The service in the synagogue was recorded on video,

Screen showing selihot service at Beit Hanasi

and projected onto a large screen outside for all to see.

During selihot man taking video at Beit Hanasi

Some of the guests could not resist using phones for their own videos.

President Rivlin with Moshe Louk and David D'Or at selihot at Beit Hanasi in Jerusalem Israel

The President and singers Moshe Louk and David D’Or came outside.

Young man taking selfie at Beit Hanasi with President Rivlin

At least one young man could not resist taking a selfie with them.

Instead of more photos, I thought better to share short video clips,

of David D’Or

and Moshe Louk songs before Selihot,

and one part of Selihot with traditional reading.

I did not get to the Kotel for the huge Selihot, so sharing this photo taken fro a video tweeted by Ari Fuld z”l.

 

Kotel selihot 5779 twitter of Ari Fuld

“The Nation has to bring itself to Israel. That takes moral codes, courage and strength… At the end of the day, success or failure is up to HaKadosh Baruch Hu alone.”

These are some of the last words Ari z”l posted on a Facebook video before Shabbat. On Sunday morning, on his way to the supermarket, Ari  was stabbed in the back by a young Arab. Mortally wounded, he chased after, aimed and shot to neutralize the terrorist.

How can we understand a culture where a 16 or 17-year-old could intentionally murder a stranger, a husband, son, brother and father of four, by stabbing him in the back?

Avinu Malkeinu by David D’Or ended the evening at Beit Hanasi.

Our father our king
our king, inscribe us
in the book of good life, in the book of good life.

Even more meaningful after the devastating news of yesterday.

שנה טובה ומתוקה וגמר חתימה טובה

Shana tova ve’mutuka ve’gmar Hatima tova

Wishes for a good sweet year and to be sealed for good year.

 

Time for Shabbat Shalom

Time for Shabbat Shalom

During the short weeks of Jewish holiday season, it is hard to keep track of time.

 

Birhat Kohanim at Kotel on Pesach 5777

Thousands gather at Kotel, Western Wall to pray, early morning and late into night.

rimon shabbos

It is time of pomegranates bursting on trees lining Jerusalem streets.

Shabbat shalom with flowers

Friday is time for fresh flowers and Shabbat Shalom greetings.

The time between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur,

is time to wish all a good sweet and healthy new year.

שנה טובה ומתוקה וגמר חתימה טובה

Yom Kippur photo, bus with sign for holiday

May you be sealed for a good year.

שבת שלום

Jerusalem Building Up and Up

Jerusalem Building Up and Up

Jerusalem has a serious lack of affordable housing. There is no lack of luxury units in fancy neighborhoods with overseas owners that are empty most of the year.

Once the 20,000 housing unit Safdie Plan was shot down in 2007 by environmental protests, prices were bound to go up and up.

I am not against green spaces.

Nature Center in Jerusalem Israel

It was great to see children at activities over the holidays in the Nature Center.

If you remember The Nature Center  was set to be sold to developers.

Take a walk around a few old Jerusalem streets.

Building in Jerusalem on Jaffa Road

When walking on Jaffa Road, this site was under construction,

Jaffa Road new building Jerusalem Israel

and now the new building impressively rises above the street.

Jerusalem WeWork building site Israel

A few weeks ago We Work was a huge construction site.

How will they open in October as announced?

Lights on Jerusalem Israel WeWork building

I saw that one small section of the WeWork building was lit up at night.

So it must be opening in stages – sounds like good planning.

Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem Israel

The Museum of Tolerance building has been proceeding quietly.

Building on King George Street which was torn down to build hotel

This old abandoned eyesore is gone, and instead a new hotel complex under construction.

Jerusalem Israel new buildings on Rav Kook Street near Ticho House

These buildings now dwarf the idyllic garden of Ticho House.

New buildings on Harav Kook Street

Here is a view of these new buildings towering over HaRav Kook Street.

Talpiot building being renovated Jerusalem construction

Other old buildings are getting face-lifts and additional floors added on top.

Jerusalem Israel building being renovated Tama 38

Developers under TAMA 38 are hoping to get residents to add space, elevators and new porches or secure rooms.

Then the builders sell the new penthouse(s) added on top for top dollar to finance the projects.

Jerusalem Israel sign for building renovation

Signs are posted on many streets, as obtaining work permits drags on.

Building under construction near Israeli President House

I recently spotted construction behind buildings,

New construction in Jerusalem, Israel

or on top of views. Construction can be seen in various stages and locations.

I could show so many more, but enough already.

Projected building for Jerusalem Israel

A few signs were posted for a community meeting concerning a building project at Dov Kimhe and Tchernichofsky Streets.

Meeting for Tochnit Av information

Residents of the area packed the room to hear announcement of the Tochnit Av, the master plan of a major Jerusalem building project.

Plans for Jerusalem Israel rebuilding

The Tochnit Av is for more than one neighborhood, first Rechavia, but also Moshava, Baka, all the way to the Katamonim.

The project aims to build up – and up, to add housing units.

Jerusalem renewal plans

The triangle of space in yellow off of Dov Kimhe is one of the areas for this project.

Plans for Dov Kimche Street Jerusalem Israel building

The old buildings on the left are to be replaced with a 21-story tower, and also a 9- and 10-story apartment buildings.

Jerusalem plans for Dov Kimche Street renewal project

Nursery schools, a shopping mall and hundreds of new units are projected.

Jerusalem Israel Dov Kimche Street project

Sounds great.

Only.

Now Tchernikofsky Street comes to a standstill in normal morning traffic.

Photo of Jerusalem Israel Dov Kimche Street at night

Dov Kimhe is a narrow, one lane road hardly wide enough for trucks to pass through.

Parking? The driver I saw at night did not want his photo taken, as he tried to fit on the side walk behind me which was full of cars.

To say the least, most of the property owners in the area are not pleased.

Jerusalem Israel Getaway building project

Meanwhile, the plan for the Jerusalem Gateway is progressing.

Every time one goes to the area there is a new traffic pattern.

Familiar streets are blocked and closed.

Streets and pedestrian crossings are constantly changing.

Building Jerusalem Israel Gateway project

Excavators and trucks are working in some of the fenced off areas.

This future center of the Jerusalem business district and Israeli government district is under construction.

Jerusalem is going up and up.

Mayor Nir Barkat is on his way out, and a new municipal government will be in, in the near future.

Sign for Jerusalem Israel Gateway Project with spelling error due to being short on space

But I sure hope that the municipal planning is better than the planning for Jerusalem street signs.

Truly amazing what has changed in the past ten or even four years. 

Even more amazing to see what will happen in Jerusalem in the next ten years.