Thursday, April 17, 2008
A full market
The shuk (market)was so lively today, only two days before Passover (Pesach) begins.
In the foreground here you see holiday cookies made with wine, peanut flour, or coconut. For the whole week of Pesach we are not to eat anything that has chametz. Chametz is any substance that contains leavening from any of the cereal grains wheat, barley, oats, spelt, or rye. The Ashkenazi Jews even extend this prohibition to anything which MIGHT have touched chametz, like rice and lentils. Sefardic Jews traditionally do eat rice, however.
Anyway, the fruit and vegetable sellers took this opportunity to almost double their prices today. I decided to stock up on photos instead of food. Prices will return to normal,i.e. quite low, after the holiday.
These live carp will probably be ground up by the Jewish housewives and cooked as gefilte fish for the seder table.
Two ultra-orthodox boys wait for the parents to come and fill the cart. They both have long peyot, sidecurls, but one has them tucked up under his kippa. Kids are out of school for Pesach vacation, and there were many in the shuk today.
Jerusalem's Shuk Machaneh Yehuda is a marvelous place. I love it.