Friday, June 8, 2018

Back in Jerusalem for a day

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Yesterday I traveled northward an hour and a quarter by bus.
Getting off the bus, I stood on the corner for a few minutes marveling at how different Jerusalem is compared to the Negev.
There was Calatrava's graceful Bridge of  Strings which I watched being built since the mid-2000s.
Never mind that a Brink's armored truck photo-bombed the picture.  :)


I turned to my right and this huge banner gave me a jolt; like, "Dina, we're not in Beer Sheva anymore!"
In not-very-religious Beer Sheva you see many different groupings (Ethiopian Jews, Russian immigrants, Bedouin, etc.), but ultra-orthodox Jews are few and far between.
In the photo is Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu who was the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel 1983-93 and died on June 7, 2010.
The banner calls people to attend a "hilulat Maran," a celebration of his life on the anniversary of his death at his tomb in Jerusalem.
To learn about the Aramaic honorific title "maran" for highly respected rabbis, see Wiki.

Shabbat shalom!
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4 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The Bridge of Strings is beautiful Dina, amazing shots of the Greenpeace crew up there in protest, good on them!

William Kendall said...

The bridge is indeed a beauty!

Cloudia said...

Shabbat shalom! So nice to see your smiling face and a bit of Jerusalem. Thanks for the rabbi's story...and the bridge!

Alice said...

Shabbat Shalom Dina, very nice photos and commentary.