Monday, June 22, 2009

Romancing the stones

Several hundred Jerusalem-lovers congregated along the outside of the Old City wall yesterday, joined hands, and gave the city a big hug.
I missed the event, but I was at the first annual Jerusalem Hug in 2007 so here you have those photos.
(All photos can be enlarged with a click)
The warm-up started at a park across from the Jaffa Gate. Dancing in the drum circle.
Hmm, yesterday was the summer solstice too, wasn't it.
It was hippie heaven.
You heard many languages, but not much Hebrew or Arabic.
One lone didgeridoo attracted the camera people.
This nice donkey and his owner ply the tourist route every day. Here, at the New Gate, a happy blond lady sat on the donkey and sang the Christian hymn "Jerusalem, Jerusalem."
As the fife and drums played, folks joined hands and made their way down to the Damascus Gate.
A few of the peacenik organizers gave some words of blessing.
Here's the top of the beautiful Damascus Gate (missing in the previous shot).
Then it was over. But many lingered for just a bit more of the drum beat and to savor a few more minutes of a feeling of solidarity, brotherhood, and peace. Until next May. . .
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To see an article with pictures of this year's Jerusalem Hug, please see Ynet.
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27 comments:

Carver said...

Sounds like a great event and I enjoyed the photographs.

nadia said...

That's a very interesting tradition. I like the idea of giving your city a hug.

Thanks for sharing those lovely pictures, Dina.

SandyCarlson said...

That looks like a very interesting, moving ceremony.

Guy D said...

Looks like a fun event, thanks for sharing.

Have a great week
Guy
Regina In Pictures

bennie and patsy said...

I love the hymn Jerusalem Jerusalem. How care free and happy they are.
Patsy

Dina said...

Shalom Carver, shalom Nadia, hi Guy, thanks, glad you liked the hug.

Sandy, "ceremony" might be too big a word here. Let's call it a happening (in the spirit of the 60s). :)

Patsy, "Hosanna in the highest..."

JC said...

WOW that looks like fun. Thanks for sharing the pics.

Island Rambles Blog said...

This is such a great idea..perhaps we should give a WORLD HUG all around the world.... I guess that is what My World is..I love seeing the photos in the My World as each one is so different and it is an adventure.

Reader Wil said...

Brilliant brilliant, Dina! People should hug Jerusalem more and meet in happiness. Wonderful to see the digeridoo! Thanks for your visit. I've just returned from France where we celebrated la Fête de la Musique.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Interesting event and great pictures. I especially like the picture ofthe Damascus gate.

James said...

"Giving a city a hug" Just when I thought I've heard it all. I'm not into hugging cities or even trees but I really like your pictures and I hope to see Israel for myself someday.

JM said...

This sounds like a cheerful event and you've covered it pretty well! Nice job!

marcia@joyismygoal said...

that was thoroughly interesting

Pietro said...

Dina, this is a great event, full of significance. Thanks for sharing this beautiful and interesting images. The Damascus Gate is amazing.

Hilda said...

This brought tears to my eyes again. What a wonderful thing to do. I just wish the peace and solidarity extends beyond the day and to other parts of the world.

Thank you for this inspiring and hope-ful post, Dina.

Arija said...

At least one day a year Jerusalem is surrounded by peace and love. What a wonderful notion.

spacedlaw said...

What a lovely tradition!

kavita said...

What an extraordinary idea.....thanks for sharing.

Angelika said...

Fascinating! ... I'll be back and read more.....

Hazel said...

Wow! The only pictures I've ever seen of Jerusalem, besides those illustrations from Bible stories, are the ones on the news. In school and in church in my part of the world, we sing 'The Holy City' with the words 'Jerusalem, Jerusalem' along the chorus lines. I;ve always wondered about Jerusalem, the place everytime I hear that song.

I'm so glad to have seen these photos, and read about such a very interesting tradition. We could all use a hug, couldn't we? Thanks for sharing. Cheers from Bangkok!

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

hug is an expression of love and care; but to hug a city? - though I'd never heard this before - i love the idea ...

thanks for sharing, Dina.

shalom.

Karen said...

What a cool thing to do...

I think that there are quite a cities in this world, that could benefit from a big hug !!

Great captures of the event..

Cloudia said...

*Hugs* Dina

FA said...

Dina, You are showing me a side of Jerusalem that I never knew, or would have guessed, existed. Thank you.

Jedediah said...

What a neat idea. Hippie heaven nideed :)

Robin said...

Wonderful pictures. We were invited, but the way things have been going in my world lately there was no way I would have had the time.

Kay said...

I love this! What a fun and wonderful way to bring the city together for a celebration of unity.