The sounds of the shofar blasts broke the silence over the darkening Jerusalem streets as Yom Kippur ended on Wednesday night.
Then the sounds of hammers banging and clanging were heard as people began to build their sukkah.
Thursday felt like a Sunday!
Each morning this week I had to stop and try to remember what day of the week it was and what had to be done.
After Yom Kippur, it was time to prepare for Shabbat and the Sukkot holiday starting on Sunday night.
On Thursday evening, in the midst of Shabbat and Sukkot preparation, dozens of people gathered in Gan Haatzmaut, Independence Park.
Israel stands with the Iranian people was the theme of the event.
I remember that for Australians, long before these new direct routes, Tehran was a favorite stopping place for those flying on holidays. Of course, since 1979, that is but a fond far-off lingering memory.
Masha Amini and other women have been murdered. It was time to let them they are not alone, we are thinking of them.
Next to the park, the large sukkah at the Leonardo Plaza is ready.
Look up. Lights were on this apartment house sukkah in preparation.
And now that the borders are open after 2 years of corona conditions, people are returning. A long-time favorite sukkah was being installed.
Pop-up sukkah shops abound on Jerusalem streets.
Day or night, with etrogim and lulavim and sukkah decorations for sale.
Anywhere but the Jerusalem streets do you find baskets of string for sale in bins outside of the electrical appliance store at night?
Signs are up for Hashana Raba programs, with music and learning all night,
as well as the mega-musical events on the intermediate days of Sukkot.
Too many events and activities to list now, but the official ones are HERE.
Our modest new sukkah is ready.
The holiday challah and treats are prepared.
Shana Tova from Jerusalem, Israel!
Hope to see you celebrating the holidays this week on the Jerusalem streets.