Friday, March 30, 2012

Cleaning in a big way

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Every year at this time Israelis go into a cleaning frenzy.
Pesach/Passover will start next Friday evening and everything must be perfectly clean and kosher by then.

This poor guy in a cloud of dust sort of symbolized all of us, but on a grand scale.
The whole facade of the huge yeshiva in Jerusalem's Mekor Baruch haredi neighborhood was being sandblasted.
I wonder if they are going to do the dome, too . . . .

This I saw (and heard!) last Sunday, but fortunately we are now in the day of Shabbat.
In fact, it is Shabbat Hagadol.
Everyone must lay down his or her mop, dustrag, and squeegee and have a holy rest.
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Shabbat shalom!
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The shadows on the wall are for Shadow Shot Sunday 2.
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19 comments:

Spiderdama said...

What a job! At least he have a great view up there:-)

Hels said...

Absolutely so! I mean what is the use of having a beautifully clean kitchen and dining room if the streetscape looks like a rubbish tip. And in some cases, a fresh paint or render job would also be great.

Hopefully the week is a time of family celebration, good health and peace to you all, Dina.

Kay said...

This is sort of what we go through before New Years. Have a good rest, Dina. Let yourself heal.

RuneE said...

Our windows are covered in salt from the sea - maybe this guy could help?

JM said...

What a job indeed!

Birdman said...

Done each year? They will destroy this beautiful facade.

Dina said...

Birdman, I just mean people clean like crazy every year before Pesach; but I'm pretty sure they don't do this to the building (like in the photos) very often.

Kelly said...

I love how you liken that busy fellow's dust cloud to everyone's cleaning frenzy!

Catherine said...

wow that is a big operation indeed...

Sara said...

Shabbat Shalom Dina!

Sand blasting is a very noisy activity. I'm glad they've stopped for Shabbat Hagadol.

Cassie said...

Shabbat Shalom Dina. The cleaning frenzy is ongoing here too, just not on such large scale!

Wishing you an especially happy Passover & all the good things
life has to offer. Happy SSS too!!

Scrappy Grams said...

I hadn't considered that readying oneself for Passover would include the outside of the buildings. Wishing you a blessed Passover for you and your family.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Now that is cleaning on a grand scale! I wouldn't like to be that guy wearing the left overs! Fascinating shots!

LV said...

So nice to learn some of the culture and what goes on your part of the world. Very nice job. Plenty of shadows found their way through the dust.

LV said...

Nice seeing part of your world and learn some of things so different from ours. The shadows found there way even through the dust.

VP said...

I like those things at work, very nice pictures!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Is the sandblasting an example of "cleanliness is next to godliness"?

:)

Shadowy Wildflower

Rob and Mandy said...

Once again, Pessach and Easter fall on the same dates. Last time it happened and I was in Israel, I was on a beach near Netanya very early, watching the sun rise with a group of people from Kfar HaBatistim near Petah Tikva. Great memories. About 20 years ago.

Rob and Mandy said...

Think it was actually near Herzliya