Purim in Jerusalem

As soon as the Jerusalem Marathon is over,

the Jerusalem Purim marathon drew to a close.

With this leap year’s second Adar,

shops, organizations, and schools

have been preparing to celebrate the Purim holiday,

for a long, long time.

In Jerusalem, Israel, there is a street named

for Shushan and Mordechai HaYehudi,

and for Queen Esther,

Esther Street in Jerusalem

 with this sign as always a holiday favorite.

New this year was

Purim masks

a mask exhibit at the Bible Lands Museum.

masks in shul for purim

Masks, face paint, and hats were the norm

reading megilat esther

at one synagogue megillah reading,

where costumes were optional.

tent for community reading of meglia

On Emek Refaim Street a tent was set up

for community readings of Megilat Esther.

Meanwhile, there was a party was going on

down the road at the community center;

Barbara Sofer in a Purim hat

and yes, I liked Barbara’s hat.

Zev Stub out Purim night

Hats and smiles out at night with over tired babies,

Purim costume with lights

or ready to party, all lit up,

Thursday night as Purim was ending for the rest of Israel,

Shushan Purim in Jerusalem was just getting going.

Superman on Purim

This year Supermen of all sizes

Purim costume

and little fire fighters were out on the streets,

costume on Purim

but I only saw one of these big guys getting on a bus.

Problem is, often in Jerusalem, it is hard to tell

man with highlights

Purim

Purim or not Purim

or not Purim?

Purim went right into Shabbat,

so it has taken until Sunday to wish all

jerusalem street sign for purim

Purim Sameach!

Happy Purim!

Whew, but now that Purim is finally finished,

Jerusalem Old City festival

it is time for the Sounds of the Old City music festival

Arts festival after purim

and the Jerusalem Arts Festival,

and to start planning for Passover!

But first maybe a good night sleep?

After changing the clocks,

some rest would be very helpful.

Jerusalem Marathon and More

The US Vice-President went home.

The Israeli President went to Russia to meet Putin.

The flags for the Romanian President’s visit are gone,

but othere flags are lining the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

Flags and more flags are flying in gusting winds,

Signs for Jerusalem marathon

flags ready for the Jerusalem Marathon.

 25,000 runners of all ages,

2500 of them from out of country are expected.

Day and night,

Jerusalem marathon training

they have been seen training for the Friday morning race.

Weather has been cold, then hot and sunny, and then rainy,

all in the same day, the same hour!

Jerusalem Marathon

But come Friday, major streets will be closed,

 and schools, businesses, even the Israel Museum,

will not open as usual.

Jerusalem marathon

Large posters at Gan Sacher, Sacher Park

have been put up near the starting line,

Jerusalem marathon sign at Jaffa Gate

and another is at Jaffa Gate.

half marathon finish line

One finish line next to the park

has been ready for days.

Jerusalem arena for sports

The Sport and Health fair leading up to race time,

is at the Jerusalem Arena this year.

Meanwhile, there is another marathon,

the Purim marathon keeping many families busy.

Purim ‘lead up’ has been well under way,

Purim

with an extra Adar leap-year month to prepare.

Jerusalem marathon sign and Purim

Azza Zazza promises megilat Esther reading every hour on Friday,

March 25, for Jerusalem’s Shushan Purim celebrations.

Sign for Purim on buses

Buses display banners of Purim festivals.

The streets are not as crowded,

Mamilla Mall Jerusalem, Israel

and Mamilla Mall is not bustling as usual.

Mamilla Mall

But it is still the weather that keeps me inside,

first dust, then rain.

Today’s rain should clean the air for the runners.

I was glad to be out in the Old City as the sun was setting,

Dancing for sefer torah at Kotel

 to find men dancing at Kotel, the Western Wall,

Sunset at Western Wall

 singing and live music to dedicate a new Torah scroll.

Night time at Western Wall scene from steps

Life goes on in spite of the security situation.

Sports and Purim and if that is not enough,

there is a Bach Festival this week,

with music, events, lectures and art,

over several days in multiple locations.

Jerusalem tape on stone designs

 These new tape art designs are for Purim?

The Jerusalem Marathon route goes by this intersection,

but being so close to the finish line, I doubt most people will notice.

You never know what you will find next

on the Jerusalem, Israel streets,

I Swear, Jerusalem of Contrasts

Jerusalem, Israel, is a place of contrasts.

Old City Jerusalem at night

At night the streets of the Old City have been quiet,

while during the day,

building in Israel

the noise of large construction projects fills the streets.

While loud BDSers (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction),

shout hate against anything Israeli,

Jon Medved of Our Crowd led a global conference

OurCrowd

that attracted 3,000 international participants.

The technology conferences are too numerous to attend or even list.

For two days in Tel Aviv this week, the tourism conference

is again attracting eager overseas visitors to expand their ties with Israel.

While outside on the streets “random” stabbings and attacks go on,

inside Beit Hanassi, the Israeli President’s residence,

President Reuven Rivlin and Justice Minister Ayelet Sheked

sweariing in of new Sharia lae judges

swore in 7 new Qadis, Islamic Shariah Law Judges.

The official reception was held in the same large hall

where all important diplomatic visitors are greeted.

president house muslim audience

Family and friends of the new Muslim judges

after being served a dairy buffet of sweets,

were seated for the occasion.

This week there was another swearing-in ceremony,

a military ceremony at the Kotel, the Western Wall Plaza.

Paratroopers swearing in Western Wall

Thousands of family and friends gathered

paratroopers swearing in ceremony

 to witness the newest paratroopers,

who after weeks of arduous training,

IDF photo

 receive their new rifle along with a new bible.

Muslims who swear in to IDF receive a Koran.

While the news may seem dismal and negative,

this Muslim couple who found themselves in the midst

of hundreds of armed Israeli soldiers

watermarked Muslim taking selfie at Western wall

seem much more concerned with getting a good selfie.

I walked home alone in the dark from the Old City.

It took awhile as I stopped twice to talk with friends,

but two other things got my attention.

When there is a “security incident”

At entrance to Old City

these teens take to the streets to give out Israeli flags,

post signs and sing,

Am Yisrael Chai,

the People of Israel live!

It is a leap year on the Jewish calendar,

with two Adars, an extra month until Purim,.

Purim celebrates when Haman tried to kill the Jews.

Purim

 Hamantaschen are already displayed in store windows.

They tried to kill us, they failed,

so let’s eat something sweet.

A few of the cycles and contrasts

happening daily on the real Jerusalem streets.