What a difference a week makes.
Last week winter pulled out all the stops: freezing temperatures and hail enveloped Jerusalem, while the north of Israel experienced large snow falls – the latter naturally causing much excitement throughout the land.
This week, however, normal service resumed with near 30°C temperatures accompanying the wonderfully sunny days. On days like these, moving here to Israel really does make so much more sense.
This great weather is all so reminiscence of the lovely weather that held sway over the land back in early January. Fortunately it coincided with my Mum’s first ever visit to Israel. Armed with her prized new camera she managed to capture her first impressions of this perplexing country through loads of lovely photos. Hopefully over the next couple of weeks I’ll post some of my favourite photos from our trips to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, The Dead Sea, Nazareth and Haifa.
For starters here’s her take on Judaism’s #1 religious site, The Western Wall. As the name suggests it literally is just a very large stone wall – it’s holiness derived from it being the only remaining section of the Second Temple, destroyed in AD 70. The Second Temple is no more having succumbed to the same fate as the First Temple – destruction by the latest conquerors of the Holy Land, in the this case by the Romans. Nowadays the large plaza in front of Western Hall plays host to large religious gatherings and national celebrations.