|Wisteria in the Greek Colony|
You know that anxiety that comes from hosting a dinner party? Pre-Passover in Jerusalem, and for that matter all of Israel, is a bit like that, but its more like an entire country is over-the-top and the panic extends to almost every Jewish family. Participating in the Passover traditions, such as seder night, is in the upper 90’s percentage range amongst the Jewish population.
Crazy as it gets, there is plenty to appreciate. This photo essay is a look at the lead-in to the chag. A cacophony of chores, rituals, awareness, and nature combine to make a symphony of anticipation.
There is no question that spring is in the air. With apologies to those in more intemperate climes, Jerusalem is all buds-a-bursting glorious with everything flowering.
Is it wisteria, or are they lilacs? They leave one gawking at buildings to enjoy this all too brief early spring treasure.
|Wisteria in Nachlaot|
When the wisteria blooms.
And the aromas from the budding orange trees and other flowering fruit trees are a sensuous reminder to say the Nissan blessing.
|Green New Almonds|
When the almond trees go from blossoms to fuzzy soft-shelled green almonds.
|Ritual Fringed Garments at the Laundromat|
Cleaning Supplies Curbside
When the house-goods store is pushing cleaning supplies. And cookware as well.
|Free leavened foods for the taking|
|Not for Passover|
|No Leavened Foods Allowed|
|Mellow Yellows, Olive Greens|
|Market Bag 2018 Collection|
When the new 2018 collection of shuk-schlep bags arrives (almost as exciting as Fashion Week for the locals).
|The Garlic Has Arrived|
|Greens in Abstract|
|Carton Street Art|
|Matzot for Sale Everywhere|
When the florists’ offerings bring spring right indoors.
Then it’s time to take your seat at the seder table.
Chag Passover Sameach to all who celebrate.
All images are © 2018 by Heddy Abramowitz
This post was originally published on Times of Israel here and