Nachlaot and Shabbat in Jerusalem

This is where i used to live in Jerusalem…Nachlaot near the Jewish market Machane Yehudah. Shabbat was especially sacred here and shopping in the market just before the advent of Shabbat was an awesome experience with all the scurrying and frantic shopping. Then Shabbat would descend and the quiet was remarkable as families and friends gathered at tables laden with food and prayers were said and songs were sung and wine was brandished with a flourish and challah was cut and simply nothing is like it. The ancient stones echoed centuries of Shabbat . The holiness was very evident and present.
In my upstairs flat which boasted two rooms and a fine balcony looking over the rooftops of Jerusalem i would invite up to 15 people for a Shabbat meal that i would cook from shopping in the market. Usually pasta and a rich sauce with meat and fresh tomatoes.Guitars would come out and we would sing all night.These were friends from my army unit or from the Ulpan where we studied Hebrew. Those were very good times indeed.
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4 Responses to Nachlaot and Shabbat in Jerusalem

  1. Brian Sandridge November 10, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

    When you wrote “market” is that the same as “the shoulk”? I love your art. Just discovered it. I too found the nachlaot fascinating, beautiful and mysterious. And I wondered how blessed those are who had come to reside there.

  2. Brian Sandridge November 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

    When you wrote “market” is that the same as “the shoulk”? I love your art. Just discovered it. I too found the nachlaot fascinating, beautiful and mysterious. And I wondered how blessed those are who had come to reside there.
    Oops, I think the painting is not by you! In do like your blog. And wish Knew of your store when I was there.

  3. Brian Sandridge November 11, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

    Is that picture painted or photo? Is it yours? Do you know whose it is if it is not?

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