Indian Summer

We don’t have a proper autumn in Israel, with the leaves turning gradually red and gold, then brown, and finally falling  and lying dry and scattered on the ground. Instead, the bridge period between summer and winter is frequently characterized by wild weather swings. Last Wednesday, the eve of Succot (Tabernacles) fell on September 22nd, the day after the autumn equinox, and was marked by heavily clouded skies. In the early morning, it even rained. But by nightfall, it had already cleared up and we were able to dine that evening in the succah, as custom dictates. Seen through the leafy roof of the succah, the full moon sailed proudly through an almost cloudless sky.  Since then, the temperatures have been steadily climbing and we are now "enjoying" a sharav – the hot, dry east wind that blows in from the desert. Today, in Jerusalem, it’s 34 degrees Celsius in the shade. My brother, visiting from England, has gone to spend a couple of days with a cousin in Tel Aviv. Frankly, in weather like this, what else is there to do but go to the beach?

                         

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About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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4 Responses to Indian Summer

  1. PATRICIA ISABELLE says:

    It is for it but not only, that I like Israel, and that I dream to come there again and again…

  2. PATRICIA ISABELLE says:

    Here, it is so cold at the moment and today, it just makes two-year that mom left me alone… this makes even colder…..

  3. PATRICIA ISABELLE says:

    i dream to come and see Jéru one time again… juste now….

  4. GreatGranny says:

    You must have those quick and over with kind of rains. We did have one good rain about a week ago, then the sun came out. Cooler temps now, loving it. Thanks for stopping by with a comment. Kassey says hello to Possum and Pixie.

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