This year, Jerusalem celebrated Purim officially Thursday night and Friday. While the rest of the world moved on, Jerusalem neighborhoods came alive on Thursday night with Shushan Purim celebrations.
In a new touch, birds flocked to Jaffa Road across from the Tzahal Square. The colorful avian visitors landed the week before Purim.
Remember what was there last year? No? Don’t feel bad, I had to check.
The Purim 2021 RJS post written during Covid lockdowns is linked at the end of this blog. Oh, those corona blur events.
Those birds reminded me of the expression ‘shouting from the rooftops’ which is apparently a very old one.
I wonder if it came from the proclamation of the onset of Shabbat in Jerusalem from the Temple precincts. Remember the cornerstone found in the Israel Museum?
The monster was back over Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s residence.
However, today Purim is over and it was taken down.
Kikar Safra, Safra Square, was lined with Purim posters early in the week.
Celebrations were held by the Municipality from 11-2:200 pm with planned entertainment. On Friday Purim celebrations are complicated because of Shabbat. When to read the megillah, when to eat the meal, and more?
I decided to make hamantashen this year, peanut butter and chocolate, blueberry jam, and homemade strawberry jam. They came out great and quickly disappeared.
I liked how the synagogue was decorated for Purim and the megillah reading when we entered at night.
And how the people came ready to celebrate in style.
Readings of Megillat Esther were too numerous to count, at night, and every hour during the day in multiple locations in many Jerusalem neighborhoods, both inside and outside.
The costumes that appeared on the Jerusalem streets were as varied as could be imagined.
At this popular Jerusalem spot, a large group crowded in for a megillah reading.
I wondered how many knew that women were reading the megillah before they came?
But the crowd stayed, and quietly paid attention, making noise only to blot out the name of evil Haman.
In the morning as I was watching for cute costumes, the first colorful couple I saw turned out to be people I know!
Our annual morning family reading has grown over the years.
In Jerusalem, I have a thing I call – Purim or not Purim? – all year long it is hard to tell what some folks are wearing. For example, one young woman had her long hair dark brunette on one side and blond on the other – and it wasn’t Purim, just a regular day on a regular street.
United Hatzalah has been working overtime with the war in Ukraine and refugees fleeing to the borders and needing assistance. This family has United Hatzalah vans parked outside regularly- not just Purim.
But their Purim mishloah manot wins my prize as most clever this year.
Pizza came in handy to serve for dinner on these Purim preparation upside-down days.
And one guy decided he was Pizza Man?
Across the street, this guy thought he could avoid getting captured?
Two couples I know in one day, double jackpot Purim fun.
Hansen House was supposed to be filled with costumed Purim celebrants, but on Friday the weather was too wet and dreary to be outside. But downtown people did come to see the colorful and varied entertainers.
As I was racing along to beat the rain and get to my Purim meal, this guy was impressive enough to get us to stop. Not only was he colorful enough for a second glance, so was his companion.
The Purim feast was a great one. The sushi was almost gone, but with enough cold cuts left over, we had some for Shabbat lunch. A good idea when there is not enough time on Friday for the usual Shabbat preparations.
Next week we have to change the clock on Friday and it’s time for the Jerusalem Marathon. Flags are up over the Jerusalem streets.
Are we really back to normal?
That’s it for now, and until next year – Happy Purim!
Here’s to hoping we really are post corona and we will see you all soon on the Jerusalem streets!