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Jerusalem - In Photos: Snow Falls In Israel

Published on: March 2, 2012 08:42 AM
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Snow falling on a winter day in Jerusalem. March 02, 2012. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash 90Snow falling on a winter day in Jerusalem. March 02, 2012. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash 90

Jerusalem - Snow fell on Jerusalem Thursday overnight, after days of preparation by the municipality. At least 3 cm of snow fell by early Friday morning, with weather forecasters predicting at least 10 cm throughout the day.

Meanwhile, the Golan Heights region was frozen over, as snow flurries blew in throughout the North and along the central mountains. Light snow was expected in the Negev mountains.

Residents of the North were already encountering their own wintry mess on Wednesday and Thursday.

Rain poured from the North to the Negev throughout the day on Thursday, and the precipitation continued, in a more scattered form, on Friday, according to the Israel Meteorological Service.

Ultra-Orthodox men at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in the Old City of Jerusalem, 02 March 2012, during in a rare snow storm. (Credit: EPA)Ultra-Orthodox men at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, in the Old City of Jerusalem, 02 March 2012, during in a rare snow storm. (Credit: EPA)
An Israeli Border Policeman speaks with a Palestinian boy as they walk on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem, 02 March 2012, in a snow storm. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli Border Policeman speaks with a Palestinian boy as they walk on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem, 02 March 2012, in a snow storm. (Credit: EPA)
An Haredi (Ultra Orthodox) Jew is caught in rare snowstorm in the Mea Shaarim neighborhood in Jerusalem, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to either enjoy or endure the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)An Haredi (Ultra Orthodox) Jew is caught in rare snowstorm in the Mea Shaarim neighborhood in Jerusalem, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to either enjoy or endure the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)
Palestinians build a snowman in the West Bank city of Hebron, on 02 March 2012. A rare snow storm has hit the higher elevations in Israel and the West Bank, including Jerusalem, after four days of pouring rain and high winds. (Credit: EPA)Palestinians build a snowman in the West Bank city of Hebron, on 02 March 2012. A rare snow storm has hit the higher elevations in Israel and the West Bank, including Jerusalem, after four days of pouring rain and high winds. (Credit: EPA)
Two Haredi (Ultra Orthodox) youngsters  enjoy walking through a snowstorm at the Mea Shaarim neighborhood in Jerusalem, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)Two Haredi (Ultra Orthodox) youngsters enjoy walking through a snowstorm at the Mea Shaarim neighborhood in Jerusalem, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)
 Israelis take to Sacher Park in Jerusalem, 02 March 2012 amidst a snowstorm. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA) Israelis take to Sacher Park in Jerusalem, 02 March 2012 amidst a snowstorm. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)
A group of schoolchildren  trudge through a thick carpet of snow on the pavement in Mea Shaarim neighborhood in Jerusalem, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to either enjoy or endure  the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)A group of schoolchildren trudge through a thick carpet of snow on the pavement in Mea Shaarim neighborhood in Jerusalem, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to either enjoy or endure the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)
 Israelis enjoy a snowstorm at Sacher Park in Jerusalem, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA) Israelis enjoy a snowstorm at Sacher Park in Jerusalem, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)
A snowstorm fails to stop a group of  Palestinian enjoying a game of football next to  an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Hebron and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)A snowstorm fails to stop a group of Palestinian enjoying a game of football next to an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Hebron and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)
Two Haredi (Ultra Orthodox ) Jews make their way  through a snowstorm in the Mea Shaarim neighborhood in Jerusalem, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)Two Haredi (Ultra Orthodox ) Jews make their way through a snowstorm in the Mea Shaarim neighborhood in Jerusalem, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)
A thick carpet of snow covers a street in the West Bank city of Hebron, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Hebron and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)A thick carpet of snow covers a street in the West Bank city of Hebron, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Hebron and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)
Palestinian enjoy a snowstorm of outside the site known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque and to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Hebron and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)Palestinian enjoy a snowstorm of outside the site known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque and to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Hebron and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)
Snowman Palestinian-style.   A group of Palestinian youths build a snowman in the West Bank city of Hebron, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Hebron and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)Snowman Palestinian-style.  A group of Palestinian youths build a snowman in the West Bank city of Hebron, 02 March 2012. For the first time in four years, heavy snowfall has hit Hebron and other parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territory. Local residents and tourists alike ventured out to enjoy the unusual winter weather. (Credit: EPA)
Ultra orthodox Jewish boys seen near the Tower of David near Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter day in Jerusalem. March 02, 2012. Photo by FLASH90 Ultra orthodox Jewish boys seen near the Tower of David near Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter day in Jerusalem. March 02, 2012. Photo by FLASH90

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 09:11 AM Big Ben Says:

It seams from the pictures that the Haredim don't know how to make a snow man

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 09:13 AM kingizzy Says:

Nice photos. They got more snow than we did here in NY this year!

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 09:17 AM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

How nice Charedim and Palestinians playing in the snow.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 09:31 AM Stickpick Says:

Thank you vin for this cool article. But we're not really interested in how our enemies are spending the snow

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 09:46 AM Anonymous Says:

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Big Ben Says:

It seams from the pictures that the Haredim don't know how to make a snow man

They also don't seem to know that the torah says "lo saaseh l'cha pesel..." This is mamash avodah zorah.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 10:26 AM Anonymous Says:

Is there some special baracha to make in such an infrequent snowstorm beyond the obligatory benchen goiymel if your taxi driver gets you to your destination in the eruv shabbos traffic without skidding into a truck

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 11:25 AM Reb Yid Says:

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Anonymous Says:

They also don't seem to know that the torah says "lo saaseh l'cha pesel..." This is mamash avodah zorah.

Interesting sevoro, but I don't think anyone could reasonably claim that that snowman looks even remotely like a person.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 11:32 AM Anonymous Says:

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Reb Yid Says:

Interesting sevoro, but I don't think anyone could reasonably claim that that snowman looks even remotely like a person.

The inyan of making a statue is not limited to only images of a person but it would be assur to make a statue reflecting any "person-like" image or some combination of "person/animal" image.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 03:13 PM DanielBarbaz Says:

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Anonymous Says:

They also don't seem to know that the torah says "lo saaseh l'cha pesel..." This is mamash avodah zorah.

Not to mention bittel zman. Oy!

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