Soon it will be my first Shabbat in Jerusalem since I last left in 2001. Minna and I went for a walk, today, around our neighborhood. We came across the very same youth village center that her mom spent some time at when she was a teen:
Very nearby is a beautiful park on a hillside:
In case you thought there were no Christians in Jerusalem, we found proof positive otherwise!
This kid below was yelling out "Ole" as he held his kippah off to the side!
I would have loved to have been able to get closer to this beautiful bird.
But in case you thought it was all fun and games in Jerusalem, there are reminders everywhere that more serious matters afoot!
Forgiveness, of course, is a key theme of the upcoming High Holidays and the preparatory month of Ellul, which starts on next week. . . . Of course the "psycho" of the "psycho-spiritual" of this particular workshop is not necessarily a required part of Ellul preparation! :)