I will be participating in the Salon ha Cubia exhibit opening October 28, 2017, at 8 pm in Nayot in Jerusalem, as part of the city-wide Manofim project. Closing January 25, 2018. Hope to see you there. Invitation

Pleased to be participating in the exhibition HOME(less) at HUC-JIR Museum NY. Running through the end of June 2018. For details see post

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Here's How You Know Passover is Around the Corner

Wisteria in the Greek Colony

 You know that anxiety that comes from hosting a dinner party? Pre-Passover in Jerusalem, and for that matter all of Israel, is a bit like that, but its more like an entire country is over-the-top and the panic extends to almost every Jewish family. Participating in the Passover traditions, such as seder night, is in the upper 90’s percentage range amongst the Jewish population.

Crazy as it gets, there is plenty to appreciate. This photo essay is a look at the lead-in to the chag. A cacophony of chores, rituals, awareness, and nature combine to make a symphony of anticipation.

There is no question that spring is in the air. With apologies to those in more intemperate climes, Jerusalem is all buds-a-bursting glorious with everything flowering.

Is it wisteria, or are they lilacs? They leave one gawking at buildings to enjoy this all too brief early spring treasure.

Wisteria in Nachlaot

When the wisteria blooms.

And the aromas from the budding orange trees and other flowering fruit trees are a sensuous reminder to say the Nissan blessing.

Green New Almonds

When the almond trees go from blossoms to fuzzy soft-shelled green almonds.

Ritual Fringed Garments at the Laundromat
When the laundry is airing out tzitzit (ritual fringes) by the dozen.

 Cleaning Supplies Curbside

When the house-goods store is pushing cleaning supplies. And cookware as well.

Pasta Sale
When the pastas go on sale.

Free leavened foods for the taking
When you can’t even give away your extra flour products.

Not for Passover
When the Israeli Rabbinate makes sure you know this place is not making the switch for the week.

No Leavened Foods Allowed
When you can’t walk into a store, shop, home with your sandwich.

Mellow Yellows, Olive Greens
When the mustard grass turns a mellow yellow and the silvery olive trees dance between them.

Market Bag 2018 Collection

When the new 2018 collection of shuk-schlep bags arrives (almost as exciting as Fashion Week for the locals).

The Garlic Has Arrived
When the entire market is redolent of fresh garlic. Might not be spring new wines, but we get excited about different things.

Greens in Abstract
 When green beans and fresh scallions form abstract sprawlings in the bastot (stalls).

Carton Street Art
 When produce crates become live street art.

Matzot for Sale Everywhere
When matzot are available everywhere (not to be taken for granted out in the wider world).
Florists’ Wares

When the florists’ offerings bring spring right indoors.

Then it’s time to take your seat at the seder table.

Chag Passover Sameach to all who celebrate.

All images are © 2018 by Heddy Abramowitz
Previous blogs on my Passover ruminations can be found here, here, and here.

This post was originally published on Times of Israel here and

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