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.