Jerusalem Celebrates Succot

Earlier this week (Tuesday, September 28th),  Jerusalem hosted the annual Jerusalem March, attended by delegations
from all over the world. The march used to be a 3-day march, held at Pessach but budgetary restrictions reduced it,
long ago, to one day only and the uncertain weather at Pessach led to it being transferred to Succot, when there is less likelihood of rain. The march is, in part, a modern-day manifestation of the  ancient tradition of pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem on the three festivals, Pessach, Shavuot and Succot. At a time when we often feel, here in Israel, that the whole world is against us, a time when evil forces are trying to isolate and delegitimise the Jewish State, it was heartwarming to see that side-by-side with soldiers and ordinary Israeli citizens, there were Jewish and non-Jewish participants from places as far apart
as Scandinavia and New Caledonia, Japan and Papua New Guinea. There was
a huge delegation – several hundred,
in fact – from Brazil. Most surprising of all – a delegation from
Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world. All came to
express their love of Jerusalem and their solidarity with Israel. Not
everyone hates us, after all. It brought a lump to my throat and tears
to my eyes.



  A delegation from the UK

                                Friends from Bolivia

                         First International Bank workers – dressed as priests from Biblical times

                                 El Al workers

   Bezeq workers (Israel Telephone Company)


  IDF Veterans Association

                                    Border Police

Border Police dog handlers

   From the highlands of bonnie Scotland                  

    Friends from Angola 

   Friends from Malaysia   

                                                                                                         Friends from Thailand
Friends from Indonesia

       Hora Efrochim dance troupe             

                           Friends from Fiji
The International Christian Zionist Center

  Israel Electricity Company workers

     From Russia with love

                                                                                                               More love – from Holland

                                        Part of the huge delegation from Brazil

                                                                                         They came from Canada,

                                                                                                                           from France,

                                                                         from Nigeria,

                                                                                                                   from the USA

                                                                                                                          and from New Caledonia.
                                                                                                                         They came from as far away as China…

  and from as near to home as Haifa (workers from the Rambam Medical Centre).

                                                                                                                Some came in costume…


                                                                                   Some came with music,

                                                                                                    Others – with dance.

For those who cannot walk – there are friends who will help them.

This is an opportunity for the citizens of Jerusalem to get a first look at the World of Tomorrow
 – the new Jerusalem Light

                                      Without forgetting the past (armoured buses from the War of Independence)…

                                We are aware also of the present…

                                                                                         Jews and Gentiles, from the four corners of the world they came…

                                                                           to pray for the peace of Jerusalem…



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 Jerusalem Celebrates Succot


    Quel joli billet !!!!merci Shimona…Pati

  2. bamacatlover says:

    It is heart-warming to see so many nations represented here who love the Jewish people., so glad to see this.

  3. bamacatlover says:

    I\’m so sorry I did not check my email when you sent it, sometimes I forget about this one as I use GGB so much. Both spaces are gone now to WP. I hope and pray that Possum is OK now. I requested prayers for him on WP and Blogspot.

  4. GreatGranny says:

    Hi, Shimona, I don\’t know what the deal is with my private messages.

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