While in Jerusalem I met with some friends for coffee at Mamilla Mall. I had arranged to meet my husband and son in the old city at the Western Wall but I was late. I ran into a bit of a road block….a Bar Mitzvah procession that was also making its way to the wall.
Now I probably could have veered my way through the crowd but truth be told this was such a joyous experience that I took my time and walked with them for a while. The festive mood of the family and guests, the live music and dancing was infectious.
We were walking through the Cardo (Jerusalem’s main street 1500 years ago) and this young Orthodox man was sitting there playing guitar. He wasn’t asking for money, he was just playing a selection go Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkal.
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One of the best things about hanging out in Jackson Square in the French Quarter is listening to the street musicians and they are a talented bunch. They’re also make for fantastic subjects.
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Every year Toronto’s Harbourfront plays host to Askenaz, a festival of Jewish and Yiddish culture. The cornerstone of this festival is the live Klezmer music that is performed throughout the week. This past Sunday I had the opportunity to go down to the harbourfront and enjoy the cultural events and some of the live performance. Here are some iPhone shots from the day…
Have a great weekend everyone.