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Israel - In Photos: Rare Snowstorm Paralyzes Jerusalem Area, Northern Israel

Published on: January 10, 2013 08:05 AM
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Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. Photo by Nati Shohat/FLASH90Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. Photo by Nati Shohat/FLASH90

Israel - The worst snowstorm in 20 years shut public transport, roads and schools in Jerusalem on Thursday and along the northern Israeli region bordering on Lebanon.

Elisha Peleg, an official in charge of emergencies with Israel’s municipality for Jerusalem, urged the city’s residents to remain at home and stay off the streets, telling Israel Army Radio the area had overnight seen its greatest snowfall since 1992.

View of the Jewish cemetery and Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City seen from the Mount of Olives on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. Photo by Nati Shohat/FLASH90View of the Jewish cemetery and Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Old City seen from the Mount of Olives on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. Photo by Nati Shohat/FLASH90

He said 10 to 15 centimetres (4 to 6 inches) of snow had piled up in the city centre and more than that in outlying areas. “The downtown area is bathed in white,” Peleg said.

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“The elders of Jerusalem don’t remember such a snowstorm in years,” Peleg also said.

Public transport had ground to a halt, and many vehicles that ventured onto roads were stuck, he added, urging citizens to remain at home.

“Make it a family day. In the afternoon, the temperatures are supposed to rise and you will be able to head out for some shopping,” Peleg added.

Israel Radio said a highway linking Jerusalem to Tel Aviv was blocked, and that much of the northern Galilee region was paralysed by snow, with 30 cm (12 inches) said to have accumulated in the city of Safed.

Eitan El Hadez, an Israeli from the coastal town of Netanya north of Tel Aviv, poses as an active skier on the plaza before the Western Wall (behind), Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City, 10 January 2013. The storm left about 10-15 cm of wet snow on the city. Eitan, who does not know how to ski at all, travelled four hours on public bus in the storm to get to Jerusalem in order to take pictures of himself in a sportsman's pose. (Credit: EPA)Eitan El Hadez, an Israeli from the coastal town of Netanya north of Tel Aviv, poses as an active skier on the plaza before the Western Wall (behind), Judaism’s holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, 10 January 2013. The storm left about 10-15 cm of wet snow on the city. Eitan, who does not know how to ski at all, travelled four hours on public bus in the storm to get to Jerusalem in order to take pictures of himself in a sportsman’s pose. (Credit: EPA)
Tourists visit the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, during a snow storm in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel, 10 January 2013. The storm left about 15 centimeters of wet snow on the city. (Credit: EPA)Tourists visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, during a snow storm in Jerusalem’s Old City, Israel, 10 January 2013. The storm left about 15 centimeters of wet snow on the city. (Credit: EPA)
An Israeli holds his arms up as he sings prayers after praying at the Western Wall (behind), Judaism's holiest site, during a snow storm in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel, 10 January 2013. The storm left about 15 centimeters of wet snow on the city. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli holds his arms up as he sings prayers after praying at the Western Wall (behind), Judaism’s holiest site, during a snow storm in Jerusalem’s Old City, Israel, 10 January 2013. The storm left about 15 centimeters of wet snow on the city. (Credit: EPA)
Ultra Orthodox Jews walk along the Old City walls during a snow storm in Jerusalem, 10 January 2013. The mid-East region has been gripped by a cold wave accompanied by heavy snowfalls since a few days. (Credit: EPA)Ultra Orthodox Jews walk along the Old City walls during a snow storm in Jerusalem, 10 January 2013. The mid-East region has been gripped by a cold wave accompanied by heavy snowfalls since a few days. (Credit: EPA)
An Ultra Orthodox Jew wades through the snow next to the Old City walls in Jerusalem, during a snow storm  in the city, on 10 January 2013. The mid-East region has been gripped by a cold wave accompanied by heavy snowfalls since a few days. (Credit: EPA)An Ultra Orthodox Jew wades through the snow next to the Old City walls in Jerusalem, during a snow storm in the city, on 10 January 2013. The mid-East region has been gripped by a cold wave accompanied by heavy snowfalls since a few days. (Credit: EPA)
Ultra Orthodox Jews walk along the Old City walls during a snow storm in Jerusalem, 10 January 2013. The mid-East region has been gripped by a cold wave accompanied by heavy snowfalls since a few days. (Credit: EPA)Ultra Orthodox Jews walk along the Old City walls during a snow storm in Jerusalem, 10 January 2013. The mid-East region has been gripped by a cold wave accompanied by heavy snowfalls since a few days. (Credit: EPA)
View of the snow-covered Jaffo Street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)View of the snow-covered Jaffo Street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Jerusalem Light Train on a snowy day on Jaffo Street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Jerusalem Light Train on a snowy day on Jaffo Street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Jerusalem Light Train on a snowy day on Jaffo Street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Jerusalem Light Train on a snowy day on Jaffo Street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
View of the snow-covered Ben Yehuda street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)View of the snow-covered Ben Yehuda street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
View of the snow-covered Ben Yehuda street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)View of the snow-covered Ben Yehuda street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
View of the snow-covered Ben Yehuda street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)View of the snow-covered Ben Yehuda street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Israelis seen on a snowy winter evening at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City. January 09, 2013.  (Credit: Flash90)Israelis seen on a snowy winter evening at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City. January 09, 2013.  (Credit: Flash90)
Israelis seen on a snowy winter evening at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City. January 09, 2013.  (Credit: Flash90)Israelis seen on a snowy winter evening at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City. January 09, 2013.  (Credit: Flash90)
General view of the Old City Wall under heavy snow in Jerusalem on January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)General view of the Old City Wall under heavy snow in Jerusalem on January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)
General view of the Old City Wall under heavy snow in Jerusalem on January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)General view of the Old City Wall under heavy snow in Jerusalem on January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)
View of the snow covered streets on a winter evening in Jerusalem. January 09, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)View of the snow covered streets on a winter evening in Jerusalem. January 09, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Israelis seen playing in the snow on Ben Yehuda on a winter day in Jerusalem. January 09, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Israelis seen playing in the snow on Ben Yehuda on a winter day in Jerusalem. January 09, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
The Jerusalem Light Train seen driving on Jaffo Street in Jerusalem on a snowy winter day. January 09, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)The Jerusalem Light Train seen driving on Jaffo Street in Jerusalem on a snowy winter day. January 09, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
An Orthodox Jewish man seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)An Orthodox Jewish man seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Orthodox Jewish men seen walking through the alleys of Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Orthodox Jewish men seen walking through the alleys of Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
View of the the Hurva sunagogue, otherwise known as Tiferet Yisrael, at the Jewish quarter in Jerusalem's Old on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)View of the the Hurva sunagogue, otherwise known as Tiferet Yisrael, at the Jewish quarter in Jerusalem’s Old on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)
View of the distinctive golden Dome of the Rock, ( or the Temple mount) from the Jewish quarter in Jerusalem's Old on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)View of the distinctive golden Dome of the Rock, ( or the Temple mount) from the Jewish quarter in Jerusalem’s Old on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)
The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background of where an ultra orthodox Jewism man seen walking on rooftops in Jerusalem's Old on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background of where an ultra orthodox Jewism man seen walking on rooftops in Jerusalem’s Old on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)
View of the distinctive golden Dome of the Rock, ( or the Temple mount) and the Western wall from the Jewish quarter in Jerusalem's Old on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)View of the distinctive golden Dome of the Rock, ( or the Temple mount) and the Western wall from the Jewish quarter in Jerusalem’s Old on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)
Orthodox Jewish men seen near a snowman in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Orthodox Jewish men seen near a snowman in Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Orthodox Jewish men seen posing for a photograph near a snowman in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Orthodox Jewish men seen posing for a photograph near a snowman in Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra orthodox Jewish men seen building an igloo at Safra square in Jerusalem, on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)Ultra orthodox Jewish men seen building an igloo at Safra square in Jerusalem, on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)
Israelis play in the snow in the Saker Park in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013.    (Credit: Flash90)Israelis play in the snow in the Saker Park in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013.  (Credit: Flash90)
Israelis play in the snow in the Saker Park in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013.    (Credit: Flash90)Israelis play in the snow in the Saker Park in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013.  (Credit: Flash90)
View of the Tower of David and the Old City walls in Jerusalem, on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)View of the Tower of David and the Old City walls in Jerusalem, on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra orthodox Jewish men seen playing near the Old City walls in Jerusalem, on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra orthodox Jewish men seen playing near the Old City walls in Jerusalem, on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
An Orthodox Jewish man wears a prayer shawl as he prays at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)An Orthodox Jewish man wears a prayer shawl as he prays at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Orthodox Jewish men seen walking with a Torah scroll as they pray at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Orthodox Jewish men seen walking with a Torah scroll as they pray at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Orthodox Jewish men seen praying at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
View of the Tower of David and the Old City walls in Jerusalem, on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)View of the Tower of David and the Old City walls in Jerusalem, on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
An Orthodox Jewish man seen walking on the snow-covered Jaffo Street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)An Orthodox Jewish man seen walking on the snow-covered Jaffo Street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
An Orthodox Jewish man seen walking on the snow-covered Jaffo Street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)An Orthodox Jewish man seen walking on the snow-covered Jaffo Street in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Israeli president Shimon Peres seen with a snowman in the garden of Peres' residence, on a snowy winter day in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Israeli president Shimon Peres seen with a snowman in the garden of Peres’ residence, on a snowy winter day in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
An Israeli man wears his prayer shawl as he walks through the snow in Gush Etzion, near Jerusalem, January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)An Israeli man wears his prayer shawl as he walks through the snow in Gush Etzion, near Jerusalem, January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)
Israelis play in the snow in Gush Etzion, near Jerusalem, January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)Israelis play in the snow in Gush Etzion, near Jerusalem, January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash 90)
Orthodox Jewish men seen at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Orthodox Jewish men seen at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on a snowy winter morning. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
View of the Montefiore windmill in the Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhood in Jerusalem  on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)View of the Montefiore windmill in the Mishkenot Sha’ananim neighborhood in Jerusalem on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
View of the snow covered streets in the Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhood in Jerusalem  on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)View of the snow covered streets in the Mishkenot Sha’ananim neighborhood in Jerusalem on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
View of Jerusalem's Old City seen from the Montefiore neighborhood in Jerusalem  on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)View of Jerusalem’s Old City seen from the Montefiore neighborhood in Jerusalem on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
View seen from the Montefiore neighborhood in Jerusalem  on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)View seen from the Montefiore neighborhood in Jerusalem on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Snow-covered roads in Jerusalem on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Snow-covered roads in Jerusalem on a snowy winter day. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)
Israelis play in the snow in the Independence Park in  Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)Israelis play in the snow in the Independence Park in Jerusalem. January 10, 2013. (Credit: Flash90)

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 08:15 AM Materetsky Says:

beautiful! looks like they already got more snow than NY

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 08:20 AM ShmutzVesh Says:

Beautiful!!! Hope they enjoy it!

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 08:33 AM sunsetyenta Says:

Wish we had some of that

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 09:12 AM Geulah Says:

Absolutely beautiful pictures. Captions need some work. How many Ultra Othordox, fill in name of religion, are there besides the Jewish kind? Lets remove the perjorative Ultra Orthodox and replace it with Observant or just Jewish after all who really knows what lurks beneath the malvush.

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 09:14 AM monalisa Says:

I really enjoyed looking at VIN's moving banner photos...really nice! Thank you!

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 09:54 AM Born n Bred in da Rotten Apple... Says:

Would ya stop graveling about 4-6" already?? Paralized? OMG! You're starting to sound like Bloomberg...That's a joke. 14-16", maybe...

On a serious note, enjoy it while it lasts.

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM Anonymous Says:

Yeshiva and kollel boys don't have to go learn, but the soldiers are still defending the country.

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM Naftush Says:

In what way was this snowstorm the "worst" and not the "best"? I sympathize with anyone who sustained damage because of it, but overall it's the greatest thing -- it moistened the soil without washing it away, gave families an unexpected day together, etc.... Only the self-employed like me kept on working (the boss won't recognize it as reason for absence).

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM Naftush Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Yeshiva and kollel boys don't have to go learn, but the soldiers are still defending the country.

Ease up. Under these conditions, the soldiers are doing as little as they can.

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 10:51 AM BuckyinWisconsin Says:

They have more snow on the ground than we do here.

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM Liepa Says:

Looks majestic!

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM Reb Yid Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Yeshiva and kollel boys don't have to go learn, but the soldiers are still defending the country.

They're doing exactly what Peres is doing. Well, except for bashing Israel to make himself look good.

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM Anonymous Says:

Building a snowman next to the Kosel on a shtender? Es postnisht!

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM PowerUp Says:

i would realy like to know the origin of your username, what the message behind it, just curious.

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM My Opinion Says:

It's beautiful!! I also wish we had some of that stuff here!

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 01:52 PM sax777 Says:

Reply to #5  
Geulah Says:

Absolutely beautiful pictures. Captions need some work. How many Ultra Othordox, fill in name of religion, are there besides the Jewish kind? Lets remove the perjorative Ultra Orthodox and replace it with Observant or just Jewish after all who really knows what lurks beneath the malvush.

amain! well done!

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 02:09 PM volfie Says:

chaatseinu kasheleg yalbinu.ve nislach lekol adas bnei yisrael !

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 02:10 PM Anonymous Says:

I remember a friend sent me a post card of Jerusalem in the snow about 25 years ago or so when I was a youth and I found it incredibly fascinating. Great photos here today.

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 02:19 PM Ex-Skier Says:

I remember one year that the news media, showed Israelis skiing on Mt. Hermon, near the Golan Heights. There was a ski school nearby, and one Israeli remarked "Who needs the ski school". I wish there could have been photos shown of that area, as there was much more snow there.

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 03:06 PM bambu4642 Says:

It is so beautiful, but scary....record snow in israel, record flooding in NY, NJ, earthquakes, whats going on? the kiddies are having a blast, thats great!!!

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 Jan 10, 2013 at 05:36 PM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #10  
Naftush Says:

Ease up. Under these conditions, the soldiers are doing as little as they can.

Right. There is no need to guard the borders in bad weather. There is no need to study Torah in bad weather.

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 Jan 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM OaklandMax Says:

Soon they'll be skiing down the Mount of Olives.
Next year in Jerusalem

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 Jan 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM Anonymous Says:

beautiful pictures of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY IN THE WORLD

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 Jan 27, 2013 at 08:57 AM Milwood Says:

Wonderful photos. My brother and I were in Jerusalem during this recent weather. Made it even more special.

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 Jan 28, 2013 at 12:41 PM Semyon Says:

Changes are coming for GOOD!
Thanks G-D!

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 Feb 17, 2013 at 08:33 AM Aseh_Lecha_Rav Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Building a snowman next to the Kosel on a shtender? Es postnisht!

Not unless it's for the express purpose of avodah zara, of course. Building a snowman on a shtender is being human... quit being a stick in the mud, Mr. Anonymous.

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 Feb 17, 2013 at 08:34 AM Aseh Lecha Rav Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Building a snowman next to the Kosel on a shtender? Es postnisht!

Imagine that.... when Shimon Peres builds (a snowman) in Jerusalem, the entire world is silent. However, when Binyamin Netanyahu wants to build in Jerusalem, the entire world's in an uproar.

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