Sigd and Shabbat Shalom

Sigd and Shabbat Shalom

Sigd, a holiday which is set on

the 29th of Hebrew month of Heshvan,

 falls out on Shabbat this year.

A national holiday in Israel since 2008,

thousands of Ethiopian-Israelis celebrate

by coming to Jerusalem, Israel,

to the tayelet in Armon Hanetziv.

Ethiopian religious leaders in Jerusalem Israel Sigd

Kessim, religious elders, sit under umbrellas,

perhaps remembering the days in Ethiopia

when they went to the highest mountain to fast,

praying to one day return to Yerushalayim, to Zion.

Woman praying at Sigd event in Jerusalem Israel

Women can be seen praying,

and perhaps remembering life in Ethiopia,

and their arduous journey to Sudan and challenges in Israel.

Each year,

Young male IDF soldiers in uniform for Sigd in Jerusalem Israel on Tayelet

more and more of the young people

Young female IDF soldiers on Tayelet for Sigd celebration

 young women as well as men,

are serving in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Sigd was observed on Thursday this year,

so as not to have the celebrations interfere with Shabbat.

The reason the main celebration is on the tayelet

Shabbat Shalom from the Tayelet view of Old City Temple Mount

 is that its elevation provides this, one of the best views

of the Old City and the Temple Mount.

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom – Aliyah Day

Shabbat Shalom – Aliyah Day

Aliyah Day

was established in 2016 to honor Olim,

immigrants to Israel, for their contributions.

It was set for 7th day of the Hebrew month Marcheshvan,

 near the Torah portion Lech Lecha, in which

G‑d promises the Land of Israel to Avram’s descendants.

Aliyah Day

A major celebration was held in Jerusalem, Israel.

I do not know who sent the invitations, how, or to whom.

But after clearing security, there was food,

Yom Aliyah in Jerusalem

and a show with music and dancing and

entertainment, and of course speeches,

Man in audience with small Israel i flag

to a diverse group of Olim in the audience.

We live near Tchernichowsky Street,

Aliyah Day photo of Tchernikofsky

and there he was on one of the huge screens.

This is not the usual RJS  Shabbat Shalom greeting,

but instead of a pretty photo, I decided to

share a short clip of one impressive performance.

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom

Happy Aliyah Day.

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov

The New Year holiday season is over,

and a new month begins.

On the Jerusalem, Israel streets

you can see and feel the changing seasons.

I had trouble deciding on one Shabbat Shalom

and Chodesh Tov photo.

The suffganiot, Chanukah donuts are out!

But the steps of Yemin Moshe are always beautiful.

Steps in Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel

From Jerusalem, Israel,

שבת שלום

Shabbat Shalom

חודש טוב

Chodesh Tov