Post 120: Videos of the Jerusalem Festival of Light by Jacob Richman, performance by the group “Marsh Dondurma”, Tomato Soup

Wed Jun 3, 2015 11:55 am (PDT) . Posted by:

“selavan” s_selavan

Although the municipality told us that Jaffa Gate would not be closed until

8:00 the police have notified us that they are closing it off at 7:30.

The 38 bus will be leaving from the upper Zion Gate parking lot from 7:00
(actually not clear to me if the 7:00 pm bus will be the last to leave from

parking lot. If you plan on taking this bus, please check beforehand).

The phone number for ordering the “golf cart” is 02-628-3777. Please call
them 20 minutes before you think you will be arriving at Zion Gate in order
for it to be there waiting for you.

We are still trying to get the municipality to allow Rova residents to park

However, the major breakthrough is that in urgent cases (health reasons)
Rova residents with parking stickers will be allowed to enter through Dung
Gate against traffic to get to the parking lot. We recommend this option if
you have health issues and cannot walk from Zion Gate or if you will not be
leaving the house before 10:00 a.m. and parking on Har Tzion will be
problematic. The police are only willing to do this for a minimum amount of
cars and if everyone chooses this option, they will not allow it. so please
think twice before choosing Dung Gate.


POLICE WILL CONTACT YOU. Please save them the trouble and move your car to
the parking lot beforehand.

All of the security guards and סדרנים (ushers) have been told that Rova
residents are allowed to get to their homes (an exception may be the small
section of Galed which is one way due to the masses of people. The three
families living there should cut through Rechov Shvut or go the other way to
get home if coming from the Rothschild Square). If they do not let you
through PLEASE CALL ME AT 0506377906. I will do my best to straighten out
the situation. Please do not call me unless it is an emergency as I will
need the phone free to deal with the municipality and police for what is
truly urgent.

If you have any complaints regarding the festival, please send details to my
email address.

At this time I would like to remind you of the reason behind this festival,
which I heard personally from Reuven Pinsky who developed this event.
Jerusalem is on the negotiating table. It will be divided unless we do
something to connect the people to it. Reuven realized that a large segment
of Israeli society is not connected to the Old City or the Kotel and thought
of a way to bring them here. The idea behind this festival is that hundreds
of thousands of people will come and enjoy themselves here and when
Jerusalem is back on the negotiating table they will be up in arms and fight
it because they came here and saw what a special place it is.

So yes, this is going to be a difficult week for us and there is no reason
that we have to suffer as much as we do. The Minhal is doing our best
working with the municipality to ease the balagan. But please understand the
importance of these people coming to our neighborhood. Many of them will by
the way visit the Kotel for the first time because they are here anyway.


Shosh Selavan


INFO: Photos and Videos of the Jerusalem Festival of Light

Jacob Richman
June 4, 2015, 6:49 am

Hi Everyone! From Jacob Richman

Last night, June 3, I went to the opening night of the
Jerusalem Festival of Light in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel.

It was really nice!
I was there for 2 hours and I did not cover all the routes.
It is open every night (except Friday) for the next 8 days.
Admission is free.

I took photos of the festival and posted them online at:

I also created two videos. The first video (about 11 minutes)
highlights various performances and exhibits.

This one is highly recommended. I loved the section where the Christian Center was covered with skulls!

The second video (8.5 minutes) is a performance by the group
“Marsh Dondurma”.
This is the first time I heard the group and they were very good!!

Posted both videos at:


Please share. Thank you!

It is 6:45am, Thursday morning and I am going to try and
get some sleep.

Have a good day and an early
Shabbat Shalom,

Tomato Soup-For your surplus-this is tomato season

  • 4 cups chopped fresh tomatoes that have been immersed in boiling water, then into cool and peeled. Score the tomato first,
  • 1 slice onion
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cups chicken broth/ vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter/olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour/ agar agar to your taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt/omit
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar, coconut sugar to your taste


  1. In a stockpot, over medium heat, combine the tomatoes, onion, cloves and broth. Bring to a boil, and gently boil for about 20 minutes to blend all of the flavors. Remove from heat and run the mixture through a food mill into a large bowl, or pan. Discard any stuff left over in the food mill. You can also use a pressure cooker for about 10 minutes.
  2. In the now empty stockpot, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour to make a roux, cooking until the roux is a medium brown. Gradually whisk in a bit of the tomato mixture, so that no lumps form, then stir in the rest. Season salt or omit.


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