Monday, October 17, 2011

Our President opens his doors to the people

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Today I accepted President Shimon Peres' invitation and came to his house, Beit HaNassi.
Well, I together with ten thousand curious Israelis and some tourists.
The official Presidential Residence is open to the people but once a year, for Sukkot.

I'll show you more of the festivities soon, but first let me post some presidential doors for the Monday Doorways meme before Monday is over.

And for Our World Tuesday too.

I was trying to snap the tall bronze doors when a strawberry woman suddenly walked through.
(Many of the exhibits today were about Israeli agriculture and science.)
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The guidebook calls them "Italian-style" doors.
You can see some of the 63 painted squares which decorate the ceiling of the reception hall, which is used for formal ceremonies.


The inside of the tall doors is of wood.

The guards let us peek through the door of a more cozy meeting room where the President talks with his VIP guests.

Not exactly a door but this is the entrance to the beautifully decorated sukkah, which is what our festival of Sukkot is all about.
The Hebrew above is from the Bible. God is saying "Then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit."

Let it be so.

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24 comments:

Rob and Mandy said...

Strawberry women in the pres's house. And I thought I'd seen it all. Thank God I didn't.

JM said...

It's also a tradition here, but I never went there. And I'm pretty sure I will not go for the next four years, just the tought of sharing the same space with the current president makes me sick. Now you might have realized how much I like him... LOL!

Spiderdama said...

Would like to visit him yeah:-)
I like that wood and details inside. Hope it will be as in your last lines.
Happy and blessed week:-)

VP said...

I like the strawberry woman! It is an interesting tradition and, for what I see, a beautiful mansion.

Patsy said...

Strawberry woman made it special after all it was about agriculture and science.lol

Yaelian said...

Wish I could have gone there too! But thanks for letting me there virtually:)

eileeninmd said...

It would be cool to visit the Presidents House. The italian style doors are beautiful. Wonderful photos and thanks for sharing your world.

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Impressive and must have been nice to take a look inside.

Theanne and Baron said...

thank you so much for sharing these photos...the doors are awesome...and the surprise Strawberry Lady is pretty awesome too!

Irina said...

I liked the first sentence very much. Our leader does not practice such invitations.

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you for this unique glimpse of your world. Please have a good Tuesday you all.

Sara Lorayne said...

Now I'm wondering what other fruit-and-veggie people you encountered! Those doors are very grand, and very tall. I like the sukkah.

Louis la Vache said...

A fine contribution to Monday Doorways, and made all the better by the unexpected appearance of Strawberry Woman!
;-D

Kay L. Davies said...

An interesting glimpse into a part of Israel I had never considered. And I wouldn't have imagined a strawberry woman at any time.
Beautiful photos, Dina. Thank you for sharing another part of your world with us.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Hels said...

Chag sameach Dina! I would love to visit the house. Shimon Peres is a peach. Your last president less so :(

Leif Hagen said...

Very fun to get a peek into the President's residence!

Ann said...

I was watching last night Australian Amazing Race in Israel, the skyline is beautiful. Do they show it in Israel?

Ann said...

Interesting, look forward to seeing more of the building.

Kay said...

I'm still seeing the sukkahs all over Skokie. It looks like so much fun.

Petrea Burchard said...

You share such wonderful things with us, Dina! The president has a nice house and that's as it should be.

Pietro said...

Thanks for sharing this, Dina, it's really interesting.

cieldequimper said...

That's kind of cool, being able to visit like that.

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for all your fun comments!

Kay, today, Tuesday, is the last day of the week long Sukkot holiday.

Hels, yeah, it's like comparing a peach and a rotten apple.

Ann, not having a TV, I didn't know about the Australian Amazing Race being in Israel. But now I found it on YouTube and will watch. Thanks for the tip.

Al said...

What a cool post! I've always wanted to visit the White House (or #10 Downing Street, my other country), but have never had the chance.