Friday, February 26, 2010

Shabbat Shalom


It is pouring in Jerusalem. Last night when I went to the Machane Yehudah Market, the rain started and most customers ran home. Israelis don't like to be in cold weather outside and instantly put on their winter boots and gloves. The Machane Yehudah traders closed down their shops and stands and by 9pm, anything was abandoned. Very unusual for a Thursday night because thousands come for the Shabbat shopping.

The rain has just arrived on time. Purim in Jerusalem without rain is no Purim. I don't know what I am going to do this Shabbat. Actually I was planning to go to Mea Shearim but a walk without an umbrella is impossible and the pouring rain is supposed to continue until Sunday.

In Jerusalem we celebrate Purim (Shushan Purim) on Monday and not, as everywhere else, on Sunday. The best celebrations are going to take place in Mea Shearim. Especially on Moday after the traditional Purim meal (Se'udat Purim). Most chassidic groups are going to have their Tishes and many Chassidim will be laying drunk under the tables. Even the Neturei Karta and the Mishkenot HaRoim will be open to all.
No doubt that it will be packed.

"Shabbat Shalom - Shabbat Shalom" to all of you !

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