Friday, July 21, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 12

The main entrance to the arab quarter of the Old City is through the Damascus Gate. The name for it, as with the Jaffa Gate, was given because the road from it out of the city led directly to Damascus and Jaffa respectively. Just inside the Damascus gate is an open area where many vendors bring their daily produce (usually of vegetables, but who really knows what else).

Public transportation in Jerusalem with the buses and light rail is very efficient (except when they're the target of terrorism)

The Mahane Yehudah market:

A vendor in the cotton merchants market of the arab quarter:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 11

Machane Yehudah, the outdoor shuk (market) is a paradise for photographers. So many types of people, faces, shapes, etc.

The arab quarter is a honeycomb of alleys and streets with shops selling just about everything (except weapons, those they keep at home until ready to use):

The Damascus Gate is the main entrance to the arab quarter. For security, Religious Jews for the most part avoid entering and leaving the Old City that way. But sometimes ......

The Jaffa Gate is the most used entrance to the Old City, as it gives easy access to all four quarters:
the arab, the Christian, the Jewish, and the Armenian:

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jerusalem - 10, a taste of the Capital of Israel for Shabbat

Shopping at the Machane Yehudah market before Shabbat:

Studying Talmud at the Hurva Synagogue in the Old City:

Itzy, the owner, hard at work at Marzipan bakery (Machane Yehudah) the maker of the best in the world rugelach:

Entrance to Damascus Gate of the Old City:

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 9

More of the many many photos I took in Jerusalem. A Jewish photographer's paradise.

The Jewish Shuk - Machane Yehudah:

At the Jaffa Gate (western) entrance to the Old City:

The Damascus Gate (northern) entrance to the Old City:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 8

Machane Yehudah is the open market - shuk - of Jerusalem. The busiest time there is Thursday and Friday morning when the whole city shows up there to stock up for Shabbat.

Jaffa Road is a main thoroughfare with no vehicular traffic. The Jerusalem light rail runs the entire course of the road. It has many stores and many buskers:

Two synagogue doors in the Old City. An area adjacent to Hurva square is home to four Sephardi synagogues that were closed every time I visited the area.

The Eliyahu HaNavi synagogue:

The Istanbuli synagogue:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 7

More from Jerusalem, the most spiritual city in the world.

Machane Yehudah is the main shuk in Jerusalem. In recent years it's also become a hot spot for restaurants and cafés:

In the arab quarter of the Old City, streets are lined with vendors selling almost anything 😉:

On Jewish Quarter Street in the Old City:

 Nachlaot is an old neighborhood near the city center. This is one of the picturesque synagogues tucked into a corner a block from Machane Yehudah:

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 6

Walking the streets of Jerusalem is a feast for a street photographer. No matter where you look there's interesting faces and people.

Old arab at the market by Damascus Gate:

Harpist playing near Jaffa Gate:

Chatting in the Jerusalem Shuk - Machane Yehuda:

Arab couple (or trio) in Mamilla Mall - the upscale mall near the Jaffa Gate.
There is NO apartheid in Israel:

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 5

Tel Aviv is all about commerce. It's a beautiful modern coastal Mediterranean city. Tsfat is the center of the world for Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, and art. Jerusalem, the eternal, undivided capital of Israel is a mixture of many cultures. There's the old - the Old City, Yemin Moshe, Nachlaot - and the new. There are building projects on all the edges of the city. The adopted bird of Jerusalem (and indeed all of Israel) is the crane. There are moslem arabs and Haredi Jews. Churches, mosques, and synagogues. On public transportation it's not uncommon to find arabs, religious Jews, and Christians sitting next to each other (no, there's no apartheid).

In the arab quarter near Damascus Gate:

Machane Yehuda, the Shuk:

Pedestrian traffic in the modern Mamilla Mall, just outside the Old City:

Studying Talmud in the Hurva Synagogue:

Praying at the Kotel. Access to the Western Wall is open to everyone. The main section is for men of all denominations, and adheres to the principles of separation of men and women. Next to it, separated by a mechitza, is the women's section - where women are permitted to pray at the wall, read Torah, wear tallit and tefillin. And a new third section, build near Robinson's Arch, is the egalitarian section where men and women of any denomination of Judaism can worship together.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Jerusalem, Israel - Capital of Israel 4

For a change of pace, some color shots of Jerusalem. The Hurva Synagogue in the Old City was destroyed during the 1967 War of Liberation (get over it). I'd been past the restored synagogue before, but this time it was open. There's an elevator to the balcony around the inside of the dome, and it's possible to go outside and walk around the dome which looks out over the rooftops of the Old City.

Looking at the rear door of the synagogue, which faces east:

Looking down from the top balcony. I'm accustomed to seeing the Aron Kodesh always face east, since I live in the Western Hemisphere. But in Jerusalem, it really doesn't matter (at least until the Third Temple is built on the Temple Mount. Soon ..... very soon!):

Some views looking out at the Old City from the outside of the Hurva Dome:

In this shot, the dark dome on the left is the al asqa mosque. In the background, outside the Old City and across the Kidron Valley is the huge Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Jerusalem - Capital of Israel, Capital of the World - 3

Some unfortunate misguided folks who view my work on a photography forum have taken exception to the titles I select for my blog posts on my blog. If you are here as a result of seeing my work on that forum, and came here to see more of my work, get over it. If you take exception to my political, social, economic, or religious positions, don't come here.

And so, here we have more of the photos I shot on my most recent trip to the homeland of the Jewish People - Israel, and the capital of Israel - Jerusalem.

Studying in the Hurva Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem:

A merchant in the arab quarter of the Old City:

At the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City:

Father and son at the Kotel (Western Wall) in the Old City:

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jerusalem, Capital of Israel - 2

A selection of shots from the Old City of Jerusalem. The existing walls were built during the 1500's by the Ottoman Turks.  Jerusalem was reunited by Israel (never again to be divided) after the 1967 war. The Old City is divided into four districts: the Armenian, Christian, arab, and Jewish quarters.

A food stall in the arab quarter:

Young girl in the Jewish quarter:

The Jaffa Gate, which is at the nexus of the arab, Christian, and Jewish quarters:

The Oren Kodesh holding the Torah scrolls of the Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish quarter:

Friday, June 23, 2017


Jerusalem was the major focus of my trip. I can't imagine a more spiritual city in the world. Just being in the city and walking the streets filled me with a sense of something special. I'm not sure how I want to present the photos I shot there. I don't like mixing color and b/w in the same blog posts, so they will be separate. So far I've divided my work into the different neighborhoods/areas - the Old City (Damascus Gate and the Arab Quarter, the Hurva Synagogue, Jaffa Gate, Kotel and Jewish Quarter), City Center and Mamilla Mall, and Machane Yehudah (the Jewish shuk). The blog posts may be a collection of shots from various neighborhoods rather than each post focusing on a separate area.

So for starters......

A busker at Mamilla Mall:

Machane Yehudah food market:

Tossing watermelons:

At the Western Wall: