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Memorial Day

Everything comes to a stop nationwide, including the Jerusalem Light Rail, at exactly 11:00 on Memorial Day as a two-minute air-raid siren shatters the silence. Passengers stand solemnly contemplating Israel’s 22,993 fallen soldiers and terror victims. Jerusalem, Israel. 25-Apr-2012.

A mother lays her head in grief on the grave of her son in the Police section of Mt. Hertzl Military Cemetery. Jerusalem, Israel. 25-Apr-2012.

A lone IDF soldier sits by the grave of a family member or friend at Mt. Hertzl Military Cemetery on Memorial Day. Jerusalem, Israel. 25-Apr-2012.

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Preparations Underway for Memorial Day

IDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General, Benny Gantz, salutes Lieutenant Hila Betzaleli, 20, killed last week after being struck by a collapsing steel lighting fixture during rehearsal for Remembrance Day ceremony, as grieving mother weeps. Jerusalem, Israel. 22-Apr-2012.

IDF soldiers of all units and beret colors take part in a pre-Memorial Day ceremony in which small flags at half-mast with black ribbons symbolizing grief are placed on the graves of all 22,993 fallen soldiers nationwide. Jerusalem, Israel. 22-Apr-2012.

IDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General, Benny Gantz, places small flags at half-mast with black ribbons symbolizing grief on the freshest graves of fallen soldiers at Mount Herztel Military Cemetery before Memorial Day. Jerusalem, Israel. 22-Apr-2012.

Israel Police Commissioner, Yohanan Danino, leads a pre-Memorial Day ceremony in which small flags are placed on the graves of all 1,418 fallen police officers nationwide, beginning with the last deceased, Commander Shimon Gabai. Jerusalem, Israel. 22-Apr-2012.

Policemen stand at attention during a pre-Memorial Day ceremony with families of the dead in the Police Section of the Mt. Hertzel military Cemetery. Jerusalem, Israel. 22-Apr-2012.

Policemen stand at attention during a pre-Memorial Day ceremony with families of the dead in the Police Section of the Mt. Hertzel military Cemetery. Jerusalem, Israel. 22-Apr-2012.

Israel Police Commissioner, Yohanan Danino (center), leads a pre-Memorial Day ceremony in which small flags are placed on the graves of all 1,418 fallen police officers nationwide, beginning with the last deceased, Commander Shimon Gabai. Jerusalem, Israel. 22-Apr-2012.

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Demonstrators demand “Draft For All” – Jerusalem

Gavriel "Gabi" Ashkenazi, former Chief of General Staff of IDF, addresses audience at “Draft For All” campaign opposite PM’s office and says: “Serving our country is a great privilege and we are not suckers for doing so!” Jerusalem, Israel. 21-Apr-2012.

Geulah Cohen, former Irgun and Lehi member, politician, and journalist, addresses audience at “Draft For All” campaign opposite PM’s office demanding distribution of burden of mandatory military service, or equivalent, to include ultra-Orthodox. Jerusalem, Israel. 21-Apr-2012.

Demonstrator at renewal of “Draft For All” campaign opposite PM’s office holds an Israeli flag and wears a sticker calling for equal distribution of burden of mandatory military service. Jerusalem, Israel. 21-Apr-2012.

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Volunteer Work on ‘Good Deeds Day’ – Jerusalem

Female IDF soldier of the Shachar Battalion paints the hallways of old residential buildings on Stern Street in Kiryat Yovel on 'Good Deeds Day'. Jerusalem, Israel. 20-Mar-2012.

Boys of Al-Fak School in the Arab neighborhood of Tsur Baher decorate schoolyard on 'Good Deeds Day' as Municipality participates in a national project that encourages work for the community. Jerusalem, Israel. 20-Mar-2012.

Mayor Nir Barkat and businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison plant a tree in a community garden on Stern Street in Kiryat Yovel on ‘Good Deeds Day'. Jerusalem, Israel. 20-Mar-2012.

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Purim Celebrations in Jerusalem

Purim, which commemorates the events described in the Book of Esther, mainly the foiling of the plot by anti-Semitic Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, to massacre the Jews, is celebrated in carnivals and costumes.

A figure of Haman hangs ‘to death’ from an eighth story balcony, symbolizing Haman’s destiny as described in the Book of Esther, following his foiled attempt to massacre the Jews of Persia, as Purim is celebrated in the city. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

Excerpt from Government Press Office press release, 5-Mar-2012:

Purim commemorates the events described in the Book of Esther. In Esther 3:8, the anti-Semitic Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, tells Persian King Ahasuerus that, “There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among all the peoples… in your kingdom. Their laws are different from those of every people, neither do they keep the king’s laws. Therefore, it does the king no profit to suffer them. If it please the king, let it be written that they be destroyed…” Thus, Haman coined one of the most infamous anti-Semitic canards: That the Jews are a clannish and alien people who do not obey the laws of the land. At Haman’s contrivance, a decree is then issued for all Jews in the Persian Empire to be massacred. But, as the Book of Esther subsequently relates, Haman’s plot was foiled and, “The Jews had light and gladness, and joy and honor…a feast and a good day.” (8:16-17)

Purim, which commemorates the events described in the Book of Esther, mainly the foiling of the plot by anti-Semitic Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, to massacre the Jews, is celebrated in carnivals and costumes. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

Throughout the centuries, Purim – which celebrates the miraculous salvation of the Jews and the thwarting of Haman’s genocidal plot – has traditionally symbolized the victory of the Jewish people over anti-Semitic tyranny. As such, Purim is a happy, carnival-like holiday.

After sunset Wednesday evening, 7 March, festive prayers will take place in synagogues, where the Book of Esther will also be read aloud. It is customary for people, especially children, to come to synagogue dressed in costume. During the reading of the Book of Esther, whenever Haman’s name is mentioned, congregants traditionally make as much noise as possible in order to drown out his name – a reflection of God’s promise (Exodus 17:14) to, “blot out,” the Amalekite nation, of which Haman was a descendant; special Purim noisemakers may be used for this purpose. The Book of Esther will be read again during morning prayers on Thursday, 8 March. A special Purim prayer is inserted into the daily prayers and the blessing after meals.

A boy wears a Smurf costume on Purim, celebrated as a happy, carnival-like holiday, commemorating the events described in the Book of Esther and the foiled plot of Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, to massacre the Jews. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

On Purim, Jews are enjoined by the Book of Esther (9:22) to send gifts of food to each other, make special contributions to the poor, and have a festive holiday meal in the afternoon. To this end, the day is also marked by collections for various charities, and by people visiting neighbors and friends to deliver baskets of food, prominent among which are small, three-cornered, fruit-filled pastries known as Oznei Haman in Hebrew (Haman’s ears) or Hamantaschen in Yiddish (Haman’s pockets).

A young boy wears an IDF paratroopers costume on Purim, celebrated as a happy, carnival-like holiday, commemorating the events described in the Book of Esther and the foiled plot of Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, to massacre the Jews. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

In Jerusalem, Purim is ordinarily celebrated one day later than it is in the rest of the world; accordingly, all Purim-related observances are postponed by one day. This practice originates from the fact that an extra day was prescribed for the Jews of Shushan (the modern Susa, one of the Persian Empire’s four capitals) to defend themselves against their enemies. This second day is known as Shushan Purim. As mentioned in the Book of Esther itself (9:16-19), Jews living in walled cities (later defined by rabbinical authorities to mean walled cities at the time that Joshua entered the Land of Israel) celebrate Purim one day later than Jews living in unwalled cities. There are several such cities in Israel where Shushan Purim is celebrated. In some cities whose status is in doubt, the Book of Esther will actually be read on both days.

Two IDF soldiers look up to a clown on stilts on Purim, celebrated as a happy, carnival-like holiday, commemorating the events described in the Book of Esther and the foiled plot of Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, to massacre the Jews. Jerusalem, Israel. 8-Mar-2012.

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Home Front Command Earthquake Drill – Jerusalem

The children of Israel take part in a nationwide exercise simulating an earthquake. At the Bet-Hakerem Elementary School Home Front Command oversee the drill with police, paramedics and firefighters. Jerusalem, Israel. 20th February 2012.

Firefighters rappel from school rooftop in rescue operations following an earthquake in a nationwide exercise simulation at the Bet-Hakerem Elementary School. Jerusalem, Israel. 20th February 2012.

Children of Bet-Hakerem Elementary School learn to use fire extinguishers as they take part in a nationwide exercise simulating an earthquake with IDF Home Front Command soldiers and emergency services. Jerusalem, Israel. 20th February 2012.

Firefighters rappel from school rooftop in rescue operations following an earthquake in a nationwide exercise simulation at the Bet-Hakerem Elementary School. Jerusalem, Israel. 20th February 2012.

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Ethiopian Jews Celebrate The Sigd – Jerusalem

The Ethiopian Jewish community, called Beta-Israel, lived in seclusion for over 1,000 years, only reconnecting to the Jewish world in the late 20th century. According to Ethiopian tradition, their roots go back 3,000 years to the era of King Solomon. Like their brethren in many parts of the world, Ethiopian Jews suffered persecution for their beliefs and refusal to adopt Christianity. In the Middle Ages their lands were confiscated, villages plundered and many murdered. They were nicknamed Falash – intruders, homeless and without property. Despite the hardships, this community preserved their traditions with great devotion and generations were educated on the value of yearning for a return to Jerusalem, The Holy City, home of The Temple, pure and holy. The Sigd celebrations, Sigd meaning “to bow or prostate oneself”, convey their love and yearning for Jerusalem.

Traditionally the celebrations took place on a hilltop looking toward Jerusalem,signifying a renewal of the bond with God. Now, with a community of over 150,000 in Israel the main event takes place annually at the Sherover Promenade in Jerusalem, overlooking The Temple Mount.Thousands followed the Kessim, the religious leaders, and gathered in the late morning hours in colorful traditional garments or in whites signifying purity, to pray and give thanks. Guests of honor included Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Ms. Sofa Landver and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

The yearning for Jerusalem has become a reality. Israeli-born offspring to Ethiopian Jews are finding it more and more difficult to identify with the aspirations of their forefathers. First signs are evident that this ancient ethnic celebration of hope and faith might one day be forgotten.

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This week in photos

1931

1931 doorway in the Christian Quarter. Jerusalem, Israel. 15/06/2011. Fujifilm X100, ISO 1250, f/2, 1/60

Jerusalem Light Festival

Festival of light. Jerusalem, Israel. 15/06/2011. Fujifilm X100, ISO 2500, f/2, 1/340

Beitar Yerushalaim

Some five-hundred supporters of Beitar Jerusalem Football Club rally in support of their favorite team at first seasonal training session in Bayit VaGan Field. Supporters broke into the field disrupting practice and hugging the players. Jerusalem, Israel. 19/06/2011. Fujifilm X100, ISO 800, f/4, 1/550

Turning Point 5

Business as usual for the genral public while an evacuation to shelters is announced in Home Front Command exercise "Turning Point 5" at central bus station. Jerusalem, Israel. 22/06/2011. Fujifilm X100, ISO 640, f/4, 1/60

Home Front Command

"Turning Point 5", now in its last day, drills a passenger jet crash at Reading Power Plant. Bodies of three casualties lay alongside aircraft debris. Tel-Aviv, Israel. 23/06/2011. Fujifilm X100, ISO 400, f/8, 1/1400

World refugee Day

Refugee children from far corners of the Earth and Israeli children play together in Hebrew at a rally in the Levinski Park to mark World Refugee Day. Tel-Aviv, Israel. 24/06/2011. Fujifilm X100, ISO 400, f/4, 1/320

Upgraded X100 firmware to version 1.10 – smooth as butter!

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Heroism and Pain

Memorial Day in Israel

A guard of homor of IDF Paratroopers at a ceremony on the Mount of Olives on Memorial Day. Jerusalem, Israel. 09/05/2011.

Memorial Day in Israel

IDF Paratroopers inspect their weapons for live rounds following a Memorial Day Ceremony on Mount of Olives overlooking the city.

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1771 Days

Gilad Shalit

"No leadership. No mutual responsibility. No state"

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1,730 Days

Shalit family protest tent - 1,730 Days of captivity for Gilad Shalit in Gaza. Jerusalem, Israel. 21/03/2011.

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Gilad Shalit Belongs To Us All!

A rally marking 1,700 days of captivity was held at the Shalit family protest tent opposite the PM’s residence in Jerusalem. Supporters call upon PM Benyamin Netanyahu to negotiate a prisoner swap with Hammas for the release of Shalit. Jerusalem, Israel. 19/02/2011.

Shalit family at a rally marking 1,700 days of captivity held at the Shalit family protest tent opposite the PM's residence. Jerusalem, Israel. 19/02/2011.

Gilad Shalit (born 28 August 1986) is an Israeli soldier abducted by Palestinian militants in a cross border raid near the Gaza Strip on 25 June 2006 and is being held hostage by Hammas ever since.

Supporter carries sign stating "Gilad Shalit belongs to us all" at a rally marking 1,700 days of captivity held at the Shalit family protest tent opposite the PM's residence. Jerusalem, Israel. 19/02/2011.

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Benny Gantz

New IDF Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz, Prays for Devine Support at The Kotel. Jerusalem, Israel. 14/02/2011.

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Cookies

Tens of thousands marched for Gilad Shalit this week. Hila baked cookies. Delicious sugar and cinnamon coated cookies. I know, I tasted one. But I was only allowed one – she baked them for Aviva and Noam Shalit. She baked them with love from the depth of her heart. Love and sorrow. Sorrow for the fate of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive by Hammas for four years. Love for Aviva and Noam, his parents, who touch her heart with their plight for Gilad’s release. Hila felt she must do something to contain her sorrow and convey her love. Cookies.

Following twelve days, over two hundred kilometres and approximately 200,000 accumulated active supporters who joined along the way, Aviva and Noam Shalit lead the march for Gilad’s release, “March For His Life”, and arrived in Jerusalem this Thursday. Aviva and Noam now plan to stay in the protest tent opposite the residence of PM Benyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and return home only with their son Gilad. Hila’s heart goes out to them, and to Gilad. Cookies.

What do you say to Aviva and Noam? To parents who have not embraced their son for four years? To parents who miss their son and worry about him, waking up in the morning and going to sleep at night? Are they at all able to sleep at night? How do they go on with their life? How can you ease their pain? Cookies.

Listening to Aviva Shalit speaking to the thousands at Independence Park in Jerusalem Hila cried. She cried for an Israeli soldier in captivity for an endless four years. She cried for a mother in captivity of an unavoidable struggle to reunite with her son. She cried, and decided to bake … cookies.

Dear Shalit Family, preying with you together for Gilad’s quick return home. Hila Alon, Jerusalem. She put the note in with … the cookies

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“March For His Life” Arrives to Jerusalem

Following twelve days, over two hundred kilometres and approximately 200,000 accumulated active supporters who joined along the way, the march for Gilad Shalit’s release, “March For His Life”, has arrived to Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel. 08/07/2010.

Parents Aviva and Noam Shalit realize their 12-day march from their home in the Galilee is just ‘a cup of tea’ compared to the next difficult chapter of their battle that still lies ahead. The Shalits now plan to stay in the protest tent opposite the residence of PM Benyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and return home only with their son Gilad.Their hope is that public opinion will pressure the government to do everything possible for the release of Gilad after four full years in Hamas captivity.

Gilad Shalit (born 28 August 1986) is an Israeli soldier abducted by Palestinian militants in a cross border raid near the Gaza Strip on the 25th June 2006 and has been held hostage ever since. Hamas refuse Red Cross visits to Gilad and other rights afforded by the Geneva Conventions.

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Let My People Go!

My prayer for Passover…

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Yearning for Jerusalem No More

The Ethiopian Jewish community, called Beta-Israel, lived in seclusion for over 1,000 years, only reconnecting to the Jewish world in the late 20th century. According to Ethiopian tradition, their roots go back 3,000 years to the era of King Solomon. Like their brethren in many parts of the world, Ethiopian Jews suffered persecution for their beliefs and refusal to adopt Christianity. In the Middle Ages their lands were confiscated, villages plundered and many murdered. They were nicknamed Falash – intruders, homeless and without property. Despite the hardships, this community preserved their traditions with great devotion and generations were educated on the value of yearning for a return to Jerusalem, The Holy City, home of The Temple, pure and holy. The Sigd celebrations, Sigd meaning “to bow or prostate oneself”, convey their love and yearning for Jerusalem.

Traditionally the celebrations took place on a hilltop looking toward Jerusalem,signifying a renewal of the bond with God. Now, with a community of over 150,000 in Israel the main event takes place annually at the Sherover Promenade in Jerusalem, overlooking The Temple Mount.Thousands followed the Kessim, the religious leaders, and gathered in the late morning hours in colorful traditional garments or in whites signifying purity, to pray and give thanks. Guests of honor included Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

The yearning for Jerusalem has become a reality. Israeli-born offspring to Ethiopian Jews are finding it more and more difficult to identify with the aspirations of their forefathers. First signs are evident that this ancient ethnic celebration of hope and faith might one day be forgotten.

The 35mm f/2 was a pleasure to work with! Light and extremely mobile hanging on my neck – I could easily raise it quickly to get the shot I wanted without scaring off the subject. Some shots were even framed from the chest. I love the shallow depth of field! Most of the work was done at f2.5 ISO100 with very high shutter speeds.  Close and intimate!

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So Proud of You!

You fought to get there!

You fought to succeed!

And you did it big time!

95 out of 100 in the final exam! One of the top 15% singled out for command and training of the next generations, once you gain some real-world experience!

I know it wasn’t easy! I know how much effort you put into it! I admire your decisiveness and resilience!

I am also grateful you allowed me to be there for you when you needed me!

Good luck to you princess!! I am so proud of you!!

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Sunday 05:45AM

My Daughter, My Son & Their Girlfriend - Sunday 05:45AM

My Daughter, My Son & Their Girlfriend - Sunday 05:45AM

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Ariella Rosen: “Bring him home!”

Amidst yet another wave of rumors regarding an anticipated prisioner swap with Hamas and the possible release of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, Ariella Rosen does not allow herself to develop expectations and leads a Friday demonstration, on the occasion of Gilad’s 23rd birthday, calling the PM to “bring him home!”

A touching new profile on TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem

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