(all photos are clickable)A purple tent under a blue Jerusalem sky.
The sky is for SkyWatch Friday. The tent is for the yearly Shuk Arba'at Haminim.
Arba'at haminim are the four species of plants needed in order to make the blessings for the holiday of Sukkot, starting Friday at sunset.
For the whole next week Jews are supposed to dwell in the sukkah (or at least to eat our meals there). The temporary "booths" are to remind us of the wandering in the wilderness for 40 years, way back when Moses was leading the people out of Egypt.
The market for etrog, lulav (palm fronds), and myrtle and willow branches is very much a man's world. The religious men understand what the Jewish halacha law requires for each of the four species in order to make it perfect.
They were concentrating so hard on examining each leaf that they seemed oblivious to me, the only female, wearing the frowned-upon [for women] jeans and T shirt.
I love to watch Orthodox Judaism in action.
There is information about Sukkot, the sukkah, and the special market in my posts from last Sukkot here, here, and here.
Let's pray the rain will hold off for another week. No one wants their beautifully decorated sukkah getting all wet.