Today I accompanied two friends from Switzerland in a food buying expedition in the Machaneh Yehuda shuk. They did well, considering the market was packed with frenzied pre-Shabbat, pre-Rosh HaShana (New Year) shoppers.
Many professional and amateur photographers were taking pictures and movies of the pre-holiday crowd.
This one looked tired and bored, waiting for her partner to bring the big video camera back to the tripod.
A wagon is about all you can park and unload on this side of narrow busy Agrippas Street. Pita and bread were being delivered to the little place where we sat on low stools outside and ate felafel.
This guy was riding his little crate-moving machine down the street while both eating AND giving advice to a woman driver how to get her car out of a tight parking place.
Chabadniks were out in force. The tablecloth says the Hebrew word for "Messiah." Here passing Jews, usually those "of a secular persuasion," can don tfillin (phylacteries) and tallit (prayer shawl), read some prayers from the prayerbook, say the blessing over the wine, give charity, and do other such mitzvot.
And here is the little poster (as I explained a week ago here) which is posted in bus stops every Friday. It says, inter alia, that candle-lighting time and entrance time of the Sabbath tonight is 5:55 p.m. Shabbat ends tomorrow at 7:06 p.m. Rosh HaShanah begins at 5:51 p.m. on September 29 and ends at 7:02 p.m. October 1. Next week Shabbat beings at 5:45 and ends at 6:57. Times obviously depend on when the sun sets.
Here we go, entering the Sabbath, that "sanctuary in time." And on time. Shabbat shalom, Sabbath peace, to everyone!