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27-June-2009, Jerusalem – Less than 24 hours and riots against the Shabbath opening of the Karta parking lot erupted once again, disrupting the serenity of Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of ultra-orthodox Haredim clashed with police in the Mea She’arim neighborhood, at the corner of Hanevi’im and Shivtei Israel streets. Police prevented the rioters from making their way toward Municipal Safra Square, where hundreds of secular residents of the city held a colorful counter demonstration in support of freedom of choice in Jerusalem and against religious coercion.
6-June-2009, Jerusalem – Thousands of ultra-orthodox Jews demonstrated today opposing the directive given by Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, to open the Safra parking lot on the Sabbath. On the opposing side several dozens of students and non-observant residents came to have their say carrying signs reading “Terror is not only from Hammas”, “This is not Tehran!” and singing the Israeli National Anthem stressing the words “to be a free people in our country, the land of Zion, Jerusalem”.
Municipal parking lots have been closed on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, for years, corresponding with a status quo between the secular and religious communities of Jerusalem. The Safra parking lot, located under City Hall at Safra Square, serves the downtown Jerusalem area as well as thousands of visitors and tourists in the Old City. The move to open the parking lot on Saturdays corresponds to Barkat’s line opposing religious coercion and in an attempt to offer a solution to the extreme parking problems surrounding the Old City and the Jaffa Gate. Trying to control religious outrage the municipality decided not to collect fees for parking on the Sabbath, as opposed by Jewish law, but diplomatic efforts were not successful.
Rabbi Itzchak Tuvia Weiss, head of the ultra-orthodox community was quoted this week saying “We will light the city on fire for the sanctity of Jerusalem!” and he did indeed light a fire in the hearts of his followers. Thousands gathered on Shivtei Israel Street, near the parking lot entrance, chanting “Shabbes, Shabbes!” (Sabbath) at the top of their lungs as well as “Nazis!” to policemen. The Jerusalem Police exhibited great restraint in light of extreme verbal and physical provocation until the order came down the ranks to disperse the demonstration. In summary; six policemen injured, one injured photographer and seven demonstrators arrested.
Sidenote: Images displayed shot solely with Canon G10. After months of greatly enjoying this camera it disappointed shooting under rapidly changing conditions and events; very slow zoom in/out reaction, very slow to impossible shooting in rapid succession, burnt highlights. Shooting at this demonstration may have caused an unrepairable dent in my G10 love affair…
Just hours after US President Barack Obama’s Muslim-conciliatory
speech at the Cairo University in Egypt, Israeli-Palestinian Arabs in
East Jerusalem remain doubtful, suspicious and indifferent. Obama’s
statement “So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian
people is intolerable” did not stop shoppers from flooding the Arab
market within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, just inside the
Very few shoppers or shopkeepers were willing to engage in
conversation with this Jewish-Israel photographer who made attempts in
Hebrew, Arabic and English. To the question “What do you think of
President Obama’s speech in Cairo? Will he be able to bring peace
between Palestinians and Israelis?”, the most common answer was
“baarafesh”, literally meaning in Arabic “I don’t know”. But, it could
also mean “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” or even “I
couldn’t care less!”
The price of zucchini seemed more interesting to the shoppers. An
assortment of lingerie scattered on the sidewalk sold by a young boy
for one Israeli Shekel a piece was a clear sign of the economic
hardships these people face. I could not make out anyone contemplating
“America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian
aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.”
One brave man, who identified himself as Achmad, said to me “It is
good! Peace!” and then quickly looked away after gesturing me to move
on as others gave him stern looks for his ‘collaboration with the
President Obama, you have a lot of work cut out for you!
Asher Dayan, Cast Man with a soul, now in TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem
George Shefi escaped direct Nazi brutality as a seven-year-old kindertransport refugee. The price he paid was the loss of his mother to the horrors, roaming the globe alone and reuniting with his father for the first time only at the age of thirty-four. In just a few years since George left Germany the Nazis had killed nearly 1.5 million children. George passionately dedicates his time to educate younger generations, before, as he puts it, “all survivors will be gone and then history will be rewritten to suit someone’s PhD”.
Check it out at TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem!
And God said: ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so. And God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; and the stars. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
8-April-2009, Jerusalem – Thousands gathered at the Wailing Wall before dawn awaiting sunrise to recite: “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the Universe who makes the works of Creation.”
The Blessing of the Sun, Birkat Hachamah in Hebrew, is recited in Judaism once in twenty-eight years, signifying the sun’s location at exactly that of the moment of its creation on a Wednesday morning, the fourth day of creation. The 28-year cycle was calculated in the Babylonian Talmud and it was renewed today. Adding to the excitement is the fact that today is the Eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover celebrating the exodus of the ancient Hebrews, led by Moses, from bondage in Egypt – a sun cycle began on the exact morning of exodus from Egypt somewhere between the years 1200-1500 BCE (exact date is disputed).
Much anticipation was evident among the worshippers, men, women and children assembled hours before the big moment. Then, just as the sun became visible to the east, climbing over the Wailing Wall which is the last remaining remnant of the Holy Temple, it triggered great excitement, prayer, dance and song among the crowd.
very challenging lighting conditions at my daughter’s ballet show last night. iso 800 and 1600 with a lot of noise, quickly and continuously changing lights, a lot of fast subject motion and slow shutter speeds and lots of burnt highlights. But, as displayed above, not all is lost and even in these conditions the g10 can indeed produce image that i think are visually interesting and draw the viewer in.
afterthought: i was exposing with center weighted average and -2/3 exposure compensation, half-clicking on highlighted areas, recomposing then releasing shutter … still found it difficult for g10 to cope with highlights.
20-June-2009: See “Better…”
for me 2008 is ending with a blast! camera technology has advanced beyond anything imaginable just a decade ago and this year’s end has introduced me to a point and shoot capable of almost anything my 5d system can do. ‘almost’. definitely not everything. but it fits in the palm of my hand and i find that amazing!
for years i’ve been following the web, reading camera reviews, comparisons, technical specifications, downloading sample images and most important, reading comments written by real users. in the digital age i have owned at least 7 cameras, three of them “prosumers” and two dslrs. i realise that’s not a whole lot, but, i do have some experience. i can’t deny i am effected by trends, by what i read on the internet, by a desire to own the next best camera, the one that boasts one more feature i don’t yet have … and every time it’s a short nirvana until the next thing …
aren’t we forgetting the goal? the equipment should only be a means, not the goal itself. aren’t we in it to make beautiful, exciting, moving photos? when you look at a great frame what’s more important, megapixels or composition? film, digital or light? sure, there are minimal technical requirements but almost all modern cameras today can deliver that minimum, both p&s and dslrs. when you look at a great frame do you feel it is great because of high iso performance, lcd screen quality, file writing speed or megapixels? can you tell what the sensor size was?
to make a great frame what it takes is a strong composition, control or consciousness of light, intimacy with your subject, passion, creativity, your heart and a lot of luck. i want to make viewers of my photos feel – that can’t be accomplished with an f number!
what’s the point of all this rambling? am i trying to convince myself? maybe. but to summarise my photographic 2008 i think this is the most important insight i have achieved and i look forward to putting it to practice in 2009, hopefully creating beautiful moving images with the g10.
gilad shalit (born 28 august 1986) is an israeli soldier who was abducted by palestinian militants in a cross border raid near the gaza strip on 25 june 2006 and is being held hostage by hamas ever since.
a quiet protest watch, situated opposite the residence of prime minister ehud olmert in jerusalem, attempts to remind the pm that gilad was abducted on his post and must be released before that post is over (israeli parliament elections will take place on 10 february 2009).
a woman passing by was asked to sign a petition. she didn’t ask what the petition was about. she knew exactly what it was about, as does every school child in israel.
“of course i’ll sign! he’s OUR child!” was her reply.
according to the hebrew calendar today is the 20th day of av, marking exactly 7 years since the massacre at the sbarro restaurant in jerusalem on the 9th august 2001.
family and friends assemble at malki’s grave for prayers and the reciting of psalms.
may her precious memory be a blessing
a commom characteristic of cp is spasticity, which refers to increased tone, or tension, in a muscle. normally, muscles must have enough tone to maintain posture or movement against the force of gravity while at the same time providing flexibility and speed of movement. the command to tense, or increase muscle tone, goes to the spinal cord through nerves from the muscle itself. the command to be flexible, or reduce muscle tone, comes to the spinal cord from nerves in the brain. these two commands must be well coordinated in the spinal cord for muscles to work smoothly and easily while maintaining strength. in a person with cp, damage to the brain has occurred. the damage tends to be in the area of the brain that controls muscle tone and movement of the arms and legs. the brain of the individual with cp is therefore unable to influence the amount of flexibility a muscle should have. the command from the muscle itself dominates the spinal cord and, as a result, the muscle is too tense, or spastic. the brain damage in cp cannot be reversed and produces life-long disabilities
approximately 80% of patients with cp have varying degrees of spasticity. once spasticity has developed with cp, it never resolves spontaneousy. spasticity adversely affects muscles and joints of the extremities, causing abnormal movements, and is especially harmful in growing children. the known adverse effects of spasticity are inhibition of movement, inhibition of longitudinal muscle growth, inhibition of protein synthesis in muscle cells, limited stretching of muscles in daily activities, and development of muscle and joint deformities. patients with cp do not have deformities of the extremities at birth but develop them over time. spasticity of muscles, along with the limitations on stretching and use of muscles in daily activities, is a major cause of deformities.
orthopaedic operations, including muscle release and tendon-lengthening procedures, are also used to treat deformities associated with spastic cp. orthopaedic surgery certainly improves range of motion of the joints and makes it easier for children to move the lower extremities. orthopaedic surgery does not reduce spasticity directly but treats only the consequences of spasticity. along with physical therapy and occupational therapy for stretching, strengthening, and facilitating good movement patterns, the goal is for children to develop maximal independence within the limits of their motor and associated deficits. with appropriate management, many children can lead near-normal lives.
fantastic work by jenn ackerman!
moving, nauseating, frightening and thought provoking!
click the photo!
after three days in the north and in the judean desert, we hit jerusalem…
a stained glass window and door in the hall considered to be the location of the last supper of jesus and his disciples, now a muslim mosque. january 2008 on mount zion in jerusalem
the church of the latin patriarchate in jerusalem, january 2008
the dormition abbey, a massive structure that rises on mount zion, just outside the zion gate. this benedictine basilica was built over the site where virgin mary is said to have fallen asleep for the last time. it was completed by kaiser wilhelm II at the beginning of 20th century based on plans by heinrich renard. shot january 2008.
priest with burning torch, the church of the holy sepulchre, jerusalem, january 2008
worship, the church of the holy sepulchre, jerusalem, january 2008
eathiopean nun, jerusalem, january 2008
jews and mosques, jerusalem, january 2008
backgammon, jerusalem, january 2008
bedouin children parting from johno, judean desert, january 2008
good-bye johno! i hope to see you again soon my friend!
i am proud to be able to call you that – my friend! you are an intelligent, knowledgable, sensitive, and fun to be with photographer and i greatly enjoyed each of these traits! thank you for your perspective and insights on life, family, history, faith, photography and for your companionship throughout the week!
and what a week it was!
here’s a short summary of the 1st part (more to come in a few days):
touchdown, tel-aviv int’l airport
Megiddo lies southeast of Haifa and at the western end of the Valley of Jezreel. Throughout history it served as a vital strategic site along the road from Egypt to Syria and Mesopotamia and was the scene of many biblical battles. In the New Testament Book of Revelation it is marked as the site of the last great battle of the world – Armageddon. Archeological excavations have revealed the remains of twenty distinct periods from 4000 BCE to 400 BCE.
The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Traditionally the site of Annunciation of the birth of Jesus. Turned into a place of worship on the 1st and 2nd centuries. Early sources refer to the location as the House of Virgin Mary. This claim is supported by numerous inscriptions on the walls mentionaing Mary, that were left by pilgrims and visitors in early christianity. In the year 427 AD the first Byzantine church was built on site. A Crusade church was built on the ruins of the Byzantine church in the 12th century. The current Basilica was built on the ruins of four earlier churches and was consecrated in 1969.
Synagogue Church, a 12 C AD Crusader Church. Traditionally, the church was built above the original location of the Roman period Synagogue where Jesus first learned, prayed and later preached as a young man.
Monastery of Franciscan Friars on Mount Tabor, Israel.
YMCA Peniel in Tiberias Israel. The building, also known as the Harte Villa, was built for Dr. Archibald Harte, General Secretary of the Jerusalem YMCA in the 1920’s. After Harte’s death it became one of YMCA’s guest houses. Photo displays antiquities and furniture in Middle eastern style.
The Mount of Beatitudes refers to a hill on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, between Capernaum and Gennesaret (Ginosar). in northern Israel where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. The present site is also known as Mount Eremos. A Byzantine church was erected near the current site in the 4th century, and it was used until the 7th century. Remains of a cistern and a monastery are still visible. The current Roman Catholic Franciscan chapel was built in 1938. Pope John Paul II celebrated a Mass at this site in March 2000.
Domus Galilaeae, near Korazim, situated above the Sanctuary of Beatitudes, toward the top of the mountain known as the Beatitudes, directly in front of Lake Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee. It serves as an international center for Seminarians to complete their formation before being ordained, for studies and retreat. Construction began in January 1999, with the laying of the first stone, which contained a fragment of the tomb of St. Peter, blessed by the Holy Father. Pope John Paul II visited on March 24 2000.
Capernaum, Kefar Nachum, which was a settlement on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The site is a ruin today, but was inhabited from 150 BC to about AD 750. The town is mentioned in the New Testament: in the Gospel of Luke it was reported to have been the home of the apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John, as well as the tax collector Matthew. In Matthew 4:13 the town was reported to have been the home of Jesus himself. According to Luke 4:31-44, Jesus taught in the synagogue in Capernaum on the sabbath days. In Capernaum also, Jesus allegedly healed a man who had the spirit of an unclean devil and healed a fever in Simon Peter’s mother-in-law. According to Matthew 8:5-13, it is also the place where a Roman Centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant. A building which may have been a synagogue of that period has been found beneath the remains of a later synagogue.
The Greek Orthodox Church at Capernaum, Kefar Nachum
$4 for a bottle of Jordan River water at Yardenit baptism site near Tiberias. This site is believed by some traditions to be the actual site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3: 13 : “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John”).
Qaser El Yahud, near the Jordan River. Traditionally the site of crossing of the Israelites into Canaan and the site of baptism of Jesus by John. Many churches and abbeys were built to accommodate Christian pilgrims. The site is usually closed off to visitors due to its proximity to the Jordanian border.
An abandoned Franciscan chapel at Qaser El Yahud
Qumran National Park in the Judean Desert. It was at this location that in 1947 Beduin shepards discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls preserved in a cave. The scrolls give evidence of a Jewish sect that lived here seeking spiritual purity.
A glimpse of the Dead Sea through a window hole at Masada National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Judean Desert. A complex of palaces and fortifications built y Herod the Great overlooking the Dead Sea was the location of mass suicide by Jewish fugitives of the Roman Empire.
Neve Zohar hotels reflecting in the Dead Sea
Self portrait at Metzokei Dragot
part 2 in a few days.
oh, and i’m sure johnathan will have a lot to say and show.
tomorrow i am meeting a friend. a friend i have never met before, face to face, but with whom i have shared a friendship dear to my heart for quite a few years now. a friend who has made me think, made me smile, made me look and made me listen. a friend who is traveling a road of the spirit (and also flying over 1400 nautical miles to accomplish it!)
am i excited? yes! very much so! among the many intimate thoughts we have shared over the years we hoped we could one day ‘walk the road together’. that day has come.
what has any of this to do with photography? well, my friend and i share a passion for photography. we ‘met’ on a photography forum. we’re going to ‘walk the road together’ and shoot some photos along the way.
photography has brought me so much satisfaction … even in ways i hadn’t imagined…
shoot you at the airport, friend.