Shabbat and the Shuk

July 22, 2016

Every week, Jody Hirsh, the JCC's Judaic Education Director, provides a Judaic message that is featured at the top of the JCC's weekly email newsletter. Below is the Shabbat message for Friday, July 22, 2016.

Shabbat and the Shuk

One of the best adventures on a Friday afternoon is going to the Shuk, the open air market at Macheneh Yehudah in Jerusalem. My goodness… what a scene. People rushing to buy groceries before the Sabbath (everything closes down Friday afternoon until Saturday night or Sunday.) In the Shuk, you can get all you want. Challas for Sabbath meals.  Vegetables. Olives – oh the olives (one of the things I miss most when I’m in the States). The olive & pickle vendors have huge vats of olives flavored with hot peppers or garlic or preserved lemons. I know, I know – Metro Mart and Whole Foods have olive bars. But trust me – nothing like this. Taste what you want, then buy the olives by the gram or kilogram. Baked goods – my favorite is Bourekas that delectable savory pastry with cheese or mushroom or who-knows-what inside. Halvah in bulk – huge wheels of it with pistachios or spices, or chocolate, or whatever you like mixed into your halvah. The tehina factory – freshly ground/ extracted tehinah like you’ve never tasted.  And – in case you get hungry, there are even little restaurants galore. Really such a mouth watering experience. The crowds are huge. Unbelievable, in fact.  Many of you have experienced it. If not, you should come here.

Shabbat Shalom.