December 26, 2004

On Sunday, December 26, I walked from the King Solomon Hotel on King George Street, crossed Jaffa Road, where it became Nathan Strauss Street, until Mea Shearim and the Bukharian Market..


Friends near King George Street, 7 a.m.

From Nathan Strauss Street looking into Mea Shearim, 26 December 2004, 7:15 a.m.

Imagine a village in pre-war Poland. You are in Mea Shearim. The ultra-Orthodox men have long beards and wear long black coats and handsome black hats. The residents do not like to be photographed, recalling the prohibition in the Ten Commandments against graven images. I saw a lot of new construction in Mea Shearim, mostly yeshivas (religous schools), all built with classic Jerusalem stone.

Next to Mea Shearim is the Bukharian Market. The shopkeepers are members of families who migrated from the Caspian sea region. The shop keepers wear contemporary clothes. Most of them are clean-shaven. Their features are swarthier than the residents of Mea Shearim. Many of the Bukharian Market people do not like to be photographed. Many Mea Shearim residents shop in the Bukharian Market.

Bukharian Market, 7:30 a.m.

December 26, was cloudy and rainy. I left the hotel just after sunrise, about 7 a.m. I missed most of the foot traffic of people going to work. I returned to the hotel by 9 a.m.

Nathan Strauss Street, 8 a.m.

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