Israel:- Some Final Images From Jerusalem…

I just wanted to share some of our remaining images from our visit to Jerusalem last week. They sort of give a different look at the Jewish Quarter and The Kotel. Each visit offers so many opportunities, both spiritual and photographically. I love coming here..  Hope you enjoy.

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Israel:- The Shuk (Market) in Petah Tiqua…

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Eileen and I were exploring the old section of Petah Tiqua (Tikvah) when we came upon the shuk. We were both pleasantly surprised (one can get some good bargains here) to find it. Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem is probably the most well-known shuk in Israel and the Shuk Carmel in Tel Aviv is also very popular.

A shuk (souq in Arabic)  was originally an open-air marketplace. Historically, shuks were held outside cities at locations where incoming caravans would stop and merchants would display their goods for sale. Shuks took place whenever a caravan or caravans had arrived. These could be infrequent, and shuks began to become year round markets to buy and sell goods, and they also held major festivals involving many cultural and social activities.

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Israel:- Hanukkah at The Kotel…

Crowds gather at The Wall for the lighting of the Menorah...

Crowds gather at The Wall for the lighting of the Menorah…

If you have been following my blogs from Israel over the years then you know that my favorite place to visit in Israel is The Old City of Jerusalem and The Kotel in particular. This year we are lucky to be in Israel at the time of the Hanukkah Celebration.  We made the trip (about one hour drive) to see the lighting of the 6th candle of the menorah. Below are some of the images from that day.

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I think my favorite moment of the day was observing the spontaneous dancing as recorded in the video below…

Israel:- Images from the Jewish Quarter in the Old City, Jerusalem…

Eileen and I went to Menorah Lighting in the Old City of Jerusalem. Once you enter the Jaffa Gate to the Old City, there are several ways that one can approach the Kotel (Western/Wailing Wall). We chose to pass through the Armenian Quarter and into the Jewish Quarter to get there. Here are some of the images from the walk.

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The ‘Fiddler’ seen in one of the images above, is originally from the mid-west, Chicago, I believe. His wife, who can be seen sitting and holding their baby dressed  in pink, is from Boulder. They met in Israel and married, started a family, and live here full-time. Nice folks.

Israel:- Petah Tikva…

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Petah Tikva is a city of about 200,000 residents and is located near Tel Aviv and Herzlya (our city). Eileen’s auto mechanic/alarm guy is located there. While she was taking care of business I walked about 200 meters (hey, we’re in Israel) and found this relic. located amongst an orange grove, the contrast of the old and new was striking to me.

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Continuing less than a kilometer from this site I came upon the cemetery that serves the residents of Petah Tikva. Each city or community has a cemetery and all residents are eligible to be buried there.

This particular gravesite stood out because of the number of stones that have been placed on it. The placing of stones on a Jewish grave is a tradition that nobody knows for sure why it started. Some believe that the stones help keep the body from moving. Others say that in Israel, people were asked to bring a stone in place of flowers. The most sacred place for Jews, the Western Wall, is actually a pile of arranged stones. Whatever one believes, this person appeared to be very popular, or, so unpopular that they wanted to make sure his soul never rose again.

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5Pointz-For you the bells toll…

Well the inevitable has finally happened. 5Pointz was whitewashed on November 18th. Check out this article about it.  http://boromag.com/featured/5-pointz-is-gone/

Fortunately, as you know, we were able to get there before its’ demise. The wonderful artwork was  from graffiti artists from all around the world. So here are my last images from 5Pointz…

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5Pointz- Is it nearing the wrecking ball?

5Pointz  is an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building.

The name 5Pointz signifies the five boroughs coming together as one but, because of its reputation as an epicenter of the graffiti scene, the industrial complex has actually united aerosol artists from across the world. Legendary writers from Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, and all over the United States have painted on the building walls, including Stay High 149, Tracy 168, Cope2, Part, and Tats Cru.

Over the past decade, the striking, graffiti-covered warehouse has attracted several hip-hop and R&B stars, including Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Kaz, Mobb Deep, Rahzel, DJ JS-1, Boot Camp Clik, Joan Jett, and Joss Stone.
On any given day, 5Pointz visitors can expect to find prominent artists, musicians, deejays, Emcees (rappers), and B-boys (break dancers) on site, in addition to filmmakers, photographers, and entire tour buses full of admirers soaking in the more than 350 Technicolor murals.

The gallery curator is graffiti veteran Jonathan Cohen, best known by his signature tag, “Meres One.” His goal is to convert the five-story, block-long industrial complex at Jackson Avenue and Davis Street, formerly the Phun Phactory, into a graffiti art museum.

The building’s owners, Jerry Wolkoff and his son David, have already received approval for plans to redevelop the property into two residential towers. They want to have demolition completed by the end of the year. A federal judge has refused to grant an injunction that would have stopped the planned demolition of the 5Pointz graffiti mecca in Long Island City.  Meres and his organization are appealing and applying for landmark status for the building.

Eileen and I visited 5Pointz over the weekend as we wanted to get some images before the wrecking ball strikes. Turns out we ran into the rally to save 5Pointz. Below are some of the images from the rally. Tomorrow I’ll post some of the graffiti that will be destroyed if the building is torn down.

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