Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mall madness

Passover begins this Monday evening.
Most people are busy cleaning the house and/or preparing food for the seder meal.
The lucky ones are packing their bags for a bargain get-away to Turkey or Europe.
And then, there is the traditional shopping for new spring clothes; and if you are invited to a seder, shopping also for a gift for the hosts.
Welcome to the mall! Malcha Mall is also known as Jerusalem Mall.
Have a seat by the fountain.

Or "relax" with some coffee at Cafe Hillel.
Roaming the several floors, containing 260 businesses, together with 35,000 other visitors a day, can be a lot of work.
My own favorite place is on the outside, looking in.


moneythoughts said...

I am reading A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz and enjoying the way he takes you through Jerusalem of 60 years ago. One of these days I will have to see it for myself as it is today.

Hope you have a safe and happy Passover.

Dina said...

Moneythoughts, shalom. Yes, you should come here to see. And I should read that book too.
Chag sameach.

Gattina said...

Looks like a very nice mall ! I enjoy spring without spring cleaning, lol !
Gattina from ABC team

Sara said...

Now that is a mall! Gosh...a person could log a lot of miles walking around in there. But I think I like the outside better much more peaceful.

Chag sameach!

crederae said...

chère belle Dina

BONNE LA PAQUE JUIVE-pleine de cadeaux spirituellement riche.

VP said...

This is a serious mall, but I am really worried by the Cafe: it's not the Hillel I think that it is named after? You must drink your coffee standing on one leg?

Dina said...

Gattina, well, here the cleaning is part of the Passover preparation, so we don't have a lot of choice.

Sara, outside the mall in the fresh mountain air is great.

Crederae, merci. But why do people call Pesach "Jewish Easter"? Because they both come around the same time?

VP, haha, no, don't worry, it's not RABBI Hillel. The first branch of the chain was on Hillel Street, that's all.
I read that in starting Cafe Hillel in 1998, they wanted to make a chain of "Italian espresso bars, but suited to the Israeli market." Friendly and family style.

Ann said...

Malls are the same everywhere, aren't they, although that one is particularly flash from the outside. Give me a market any day.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

My favorite place is the parking garage. I love the leaving part. Happy Passover

crederae said...

oui Dina. Je ne sais pas c'est un peu bizarre mais c'est dans le dictionnaire!

Peut-être c'est parceque les deux sont une résurrection dans un sens-la résurrection d'un peuple est venu avec la résurrection du christ.

Cloudia said...

People travel? Interesting...secular types?

Aloha from Hawaii my Friend!

Comfort Spiral

Louis la Vache said...

Crimony! Malls look the same everywhere!

Like you, «Louis» prefers being outside rather than inside the mall...

Pietro said...

Beautiful place, both the inside and the outside.
Happy and peaceful Passover, Dina.

crederae said...

Oui Dina Wikipedia Encyclopedia a donné la même explication que j'ai donné.C'est une libération des peuples juifs et des chrétiens.

Aussi il y a une minorité des protestants qui célèbre une sorte de passover au lieu de célébrer les Pâques.

Jew Wishes said...

Great photos, Dina! I'm like you, love to be on the outside looking in, taking photos, etc.

Oh, I do go in, on occasion, when I need to shop, but I do it quickly and leave.

Shabbat Shalom.

Adira said...

Wow! That's a mega-mall!!

Thanks for showing us.

To all who are celebrating Passover, may you have a Blessed and Peaceful one!

JM said...

I don't partircularly enjoy malls, but these photos are fantastic! Every single one!

JC said...

I need to come back just to go to the mall. Forget all the history, and spritiual enlightment, give me the mall.

Have a Great Passover.