Dear Family and Friends,
There are many things in life that really touch a person and since our aliyah 10 years ago, we have had the privilege and honor to participate in and observe many many amazing things here in Israel. Tonight, Monday July 19, 2010, Tisha B’Av , I decided to join the Women in Green’s 16th year of walking around the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.
|American Consulate in Jerusalem|
After the reading, where thousands of people sat on the grass and listened quietly with opened Eicha books and flashlights, davening Ma’ariv, a guest speaker Yoram Ettinger formerly Minister for Congressional Affaris to Israeli Embassy in Washington spoke (our Gideon works with him as he studies political science and international relations at Bar Ilan University).
We began our march with hundreds of flags held high and lead by shofar blowing, bull horn carrying speakers. We were guarded every inch of the way by policemen on horseback, helicopter security, soldiers at every corner and intersection of the blocked off roads and motorcycle guards as well as undercover men with radio connections hanging out of their ears or standing on the walls of the old city.
|this crowd was over 4 blocks long when we started & grew!|
|Directional Signs I'd never seen, E. Jerusalem, Northern Wall|
|Rabbi Sholom Gold speaking at Lion's Gate Jerusalem|
|Entrance to Ir David|
|Southern Wall of Old City before Shar Ha'ashpah(Dung Gate)|
|Kotel Wall Plaza taken fromYeshiva Ha Kotel|
|Banner carried in front of marchers|
|Ronda(with flag) & friends after walk around old city walls|
|Marchers walking around the Old City-Tisha B'Av, Jerusalem 2010|
|Mural at Entrance to Ir David|
|Shar Shchem Gate-Northern Wall|