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Friday, December 24, 2004

Photo Friday (Vol. VIII)

Sorry this was posted so late on Friday (Israel time, anyway). A combination of some errands this morning and some technical difficulties when I got home almost derailed photo Friday completely (notice how I dodged all blame there?)

Anyway, without further ado… this week’s selection comes to you courtesy of the lovely and knowledgeable Chavi. No… I didn’t neglect to place a link on her name. Chavi is perhaps the last literate person on earth who doesn’t keep a blog of online journal.

Weird, huh?

So Chavi’s requests were:

1.  The inside of your Fridge (always curious to see what treats you have there)

2.  Jordan (we need updated pics!)

3.  A bustling street full of shoppers on Friday (Ah, the erev shabbos rush!)

Zahava will probably have my a..., um, I mean head for this, but here is our fridge in all its glory. For those that were unfamiliar with such things, please note the beige plastic pitcher with the bag of milk sticking up out of the top:


Next is an updated picture of Jordan. If she starts wearing flannel shirts and ‘Doc Martins’ I may have to start worrying about her obsession with Ariella (not that there's anything wrong with that!). :-)


The last request was one of the reasons for this morning’s outing.

I usually do my shopping closer to home, but I’ve been meaning to get into Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market for ages. So, after giving Yonah and Ari breakfast (Zahava and Gilad slept in), I snuck out to the shuk. 

This is the first view you get when you walk into the market:

This is one of the many spice stores (I can smell the aroma just by looking at the picture!):


One of the many fishmachers:


Beans and nuts and dates and .... well, stuff:


Olives and pickles and tomatoes and smoked fish and ... more stuff!


I can't tell you how good these fruits & vegies smelled as I walked by!


This bakery was almost my undoing!  The honey cakes and baklava were actually calling me by name!  Honest!!!  I was a good boy, though.


Yes, I can hear you all yelling, “Hey! That’s not fair… Chavi got more than 3 pictures!!!” Settle down kids. Mahane Yehuda is a huge place… one picture wasn’t going to tell the tale. As it is, these pictures barely scratched the surface. There are countless stalls selling, well, everything!

Many of the numerous vendors sell nearly identical items, which makes for true buyer’s market. While many regular shoppers have their favorite 'fishmacher’ (fish seller), fruit & vegetable stand, bakery, etc., the vendors all yell at the top of their lungs, extolling the freshness, low price and general superiority of their products to anyone within earshot in hopes of attracting the undecided shopper.

I hope that you enjoyed your little taste of Friday in Jerusalem.

Shabbat Shalom

Posted by David Bogner on December 24, 2004 | Permalink


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David, I really, really, I mean really, really want a full pixel copy of some of these photos. Specifically, the entry, olive guy, the spice place and the tomatoes/oranges one. I have been looking for some inspiration to get my motor running, and these may be just the ticket.

Really great shots. Before I moved to Israel, I thought I would go to the Mahane Yehuda Market all the time. I don't know why I don't go more often. Thanks for reminding me!

Ariella - what a cute kid!!

Shabbat Shalom! Carol

Posted by: carol | Dec 24, 2004 3:10:15 PM

My mouth is watering. Eat one of those smoked fish for me. And one for my husband.

Posted by: Alice | Dec 24, 2004 4:40:50 PM

I know it sounds ridiculous but a big part of why I would like to move to Israel one day.... is my love of the shuk! Oh how I love the markets in Israel.... one of my very favourite things!!

Posted by: celestial blue | Dec 24, 2004 5:01:13 PM

My wife is amazed by how similar our fridge contents are (except for the bag o' milk), but she insists you must have tidied up a little for the picture. Our food isn't nearly as neatly arrayed. It's surprising half a world away how close our fridge can get to yours by shopping at kosher/Israeli markets. For the non-Hebrew readers, the carton of apple juice between the OJ and the darker beverage is Prigat, a popular Israeli juice company. Their orange drink is a favorite in our fridge.

It's already Shabbat in Israel, so Shavua tov.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Dec 24, 2004 7:42:32 PM

Mahane Yehuda, oy I miss it. I can close my eyes and hear/smell it.

Posted by: Jack | Dec 24, 2004 9:49:21 PM

Aside from the kananhora's x3 for Ariella, I must chime in and echo the suspicions of a tidied up fridge...we missed u at breakfast .... Sh sh I mean Tov

Posted by: shmiel | Dec 24, 2004 11:13:51 PM

Is that jars of amba at the pickles stand? *sigh* And real baklavah...ah man. I didn't get to do my obligatory 4-kilo-baklavah-take-home shopping this summer.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Dec 25, 2004 12:58:17 AM

that was SO much fun! I have so start thinking about requests, but I don't think I could do better than that.
I can't tell you how much I wish I were in Israel right NOW. it's all jingle bells all the way here, pure madness. It looks quite cold over there though.

Posted by: Hatshepsut | Dec 25, 2004 2:03:30 AM

Carol... My pleasure, I'll send them off this evening. Just promise me a look at the finished paintings, OK?

Alice... I love smked fish too, but I didn't pick any up this trip. I wasn't sure how much room we had in the fridge (the pic was from a couple of weeks ago) so all I got at the fish stand was this shot.

Celestial... This is what I've been talking about this week... freshness! I love having all this stuff within a few minutes of my house.

Doctor Bean... When Zahava saw the picture of the fridge her first question was, "When did you take tha? Our fridge hasn't looked that neat (or that empty) in weeks!"

Jack... Yes indeed... it is a sensory experience.

Shmiel... Oh crap, you guys did it on Friday? I figured for sure it would be a nidche (pushed off 'til SUnday morning). Oh well. Send me an e-mail with the menu and details.

Mademoiselle a. ... Just send me your address and I'll gladly send you a big box of Baklava. It's the least I could do after you volunteered to search all over Germany for coffee for me!

Hatshepsut... No need to think too hard. You can always change your mind or request a second set of pictures.

Posted by: David | Dec 25, 2004 6:22:03 PM

HEY!! You forgot to mention how you saw your friend driving by and almost got her arrested by the scarey Israeli police! We were in Machane Yehuda right after you and bought tons fruit! They taste as yummy as they look! Great to see you! Shavuah Tov!

Posted by: sarahb | Dec 26, 2004 1:28:31 AM

This is *very* important: I can't tell from the picture- do you have nice big American-type fridges over there, or teeny European-style ones?

Posted by: Alice in Texas | Dec 26, 2004 2:59:03 AM

actually there is a grocery store in my area that carries a lot of israeli imports, and Prigat is easily found. Now if only we could import some decent humus I'd be thrilled!

Posted by: celestial blue | Dec 26, 2004 5:19:27 AM

Sarahb... I'm sorry I almost got you a ticket! It was such a nice surprise seeing you (if only for 10 seconds) though.

Alice in Texas... To answer the way the Israelis do: Yes and Yes. You can get tiny European refrigerators and big American style ones. The Israeli companies actually make for both tastes and budgets.

Celestial... Funny, I was just thinking, 'now if only we could import Celestial Blue I'd be thrilled!'. :-)

Posted by: David | Dec 26, 2004 6:24:40 AM

You tempt me? This is tough. I might get back to you when nostalgia hits hard. Don't say I didn't tell you :)

The Israeli fridge market and the Israeli construction market are two colliding worlds; another typically Israeli ting. My brother in law had to dismantle door frames to get the US style super fridge into the house. That was a year ago. They're moving into their own house these days. What a fun. Well, at least the cube machine spits out heart-shaped ice cubes.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Dec 26, 2004 5:01:37 PM

please educate me.. what is the origin of photo friday? reading your post which pointed out the incredible connectedness of it all... this blog thing...made me wonder... how about picking an item...or expressing an idea ..and seeing how it could be expressed through photofriday...similarly or differently; as each reader sees through their own lens. That might be an interesting litmus test..

Posted by: shabtai | Dec 26, 2004 5:20:23 PM

Mademoiselle a. ... Those who know me understand that I don't make idle offers. Just make sure you are very specific about what you want and how much you want of it (so many things in the shuk are known by similar sounding names).

Shabtai... Way back in October I noticed a few of my regular reads had posted a meme where there readers could request 3 pictures. I don't normally go in for memes, but this sounded fun. The response was so nice (and interesting) that I decided that it would be more fun to post one person's request each Friday than to just post all the pictures in one day. Here is the post that started it all.

Posted by: David | Dec 26, 2004 6:49:15 PM


You'll soon be getting a bill for a new keyboard, since I just shorted out my old one by drooling on it... Thanks for the pics! I was never a big Machane Yehuda shopper during my yeshiva days, but since becoming a "foodie," I suspect that I'll be seeing the shuk quite a bit once we get ourselves over there.

Posted by: efrex | Dec 26, 2004 8:09:00 PM

Efrex... Yeah, if you're a foodie (or a chowhound), then you are going to be a very happy camper in the shuk.

Posted by: David | Dec 26, 2004 8:37:58 PM

I've been trying to think of something interesting for you to photograph, but I just keep coming up with things that would be far too troublesome and time consuming :-)

Posted by: Hatshepsut | Dec 26, 2004 9:49:11 PM

Hatshepsut... Take your time... no hurry. Also, don't think that something might be out of my way. I travel all over the country for work (and taking the family on day trips), so I'll eventually be able to fulfill most requests... you just might have to wait awhile.

Posted by: David | Dec 26, 2004 9:51:45 PM


One of the things that I love about living in Los Angeles is that it is very cosmopolitan and that I have access to foods from around the world.

In my section of town there are four Kosher bakeries, around three Kosher markets and a handful of Kosher restaurants.

There a a couple of kiosks that you can hit in which Hebrew is primary language spoken and you enjoy a variety of foods from Israel. Not to mention a variety of spices, so if you close your eyes for a moment it is almost like being back home.

Posted by: Jack | Dec 26, 2004 10:33:56 PM

I am really, really enjoying Photo Fridays!
You do, indeed have the cleanest fridge ever. I am a tad skeptical. Hmmm... You can't see it, but I am giving you a quizzical look.
Poochies and kids...is there a better combination?
Oh..I adore the pics of the market (shuk?). Like your other readers, I too can smell the spices and hear the bustle of folks shopping. It must be so fun to shop there, but a bit of a sensory overload. It certainly looks a little more fun than, er, Kroger.

Posted by: Lisa | Dec 27, 2004 4:53:46 AM

Jack... I'm torn as to whether it is such a wonderful thing that there are areas in New York and LA where you hear so much Hebrew that it seems like being here. Admittedly it's fun, but it reresents a troubling (IMHO) trend.

Lisa... I may have turned one or two jars so the labels faced front, but that's it... I promise. ONe of the reasons it looks so neat and clean is that I took the picure just before we did a big shopping. Once the food rolls in you can't see daylight in there!

And yes, the shuk is probably much more fun than 'Krogering'.

Posted by: David | Dec 27, 2004 1:00:21 PM

Hi David,

I can appreciate that, but fwiw, it is something that has been commonplace for several decades.

If memory serves at at last count there were around 50k Israelis here in Los Angeles. I have quite a few Israeli friends and they all return regularly to Israel.

What I have always been told by them is that as things have gotten easier in Israel they have been inclined to move back. Easier does not refer to the intifada, but to acquiring "household items" such as telephones. Sometimes when I think about this I suspect that I am dating myself a little.

I still carry a couple of Azimonim on my keychain, never know when you need to make a telephone call. ;)

My son's pre-school teachers are all Israeli. They all speak about life here as being a temporary stop, so who knows.

Posted by: Jack | Dec 27, 2004 4:54:29 PM

Jack... There is an old Joke:

A man is waiting for the elevator outside the Israeli Consulate in New York City which happens to be on the 14th floor of a midtown Manhattan office building. When the elevator finally arrives it is full of people speaking Hebrew. He askes them in Hebrew, "Yordim?" (which can mean both 'going down?' or a derogatory term for 'Israelis who have emigrated'. In unison the occupants of the elavator answer, "Lo, Shlichim!" ('No, we're here as emessaries / temporarily').

Culturally there is a stigma associated with leaving Israel. Moving to Israeli is called 'Aliyah' (literally, going up), so the contrary is obviously 'Yeridah' (going down). The stigma has lessened somewhat over the past decade (mostly due to the huge numbers of Israelis leaving), but there is still the temptation to rationalize residency abroad as being temporary. Of all the Israelis I knew in New York (hundreds), only one ever moved back.

The sad truth is that the more Israelis move to places like LA and New York, the more comfortable it becomes for other Israelis to do so, since the Israeli culture you described has already been established for them there.

Posted by: David | Dec 27, 2004 5:26:00 PM

David, your pictures of Mahane Yehuda made my mouth water - especially that I'll be in Jerusalem in 4 days for a pilot trip!!! Thanks for the great preview!!!

Posted by: Greg T | Dec 27, 2004 7:48:16 PM

Well, David, I first want to thank you for your consideration of my pics...

Sorry I didn't see them until today. Unfortunately, Daniel's grandmother died on Thursday, so Friday we were a bit busy with the funeral...etc.

As to having a blog, I actually do - sorta.
I did start a "blog" of sorts to document my pregnancy - email me for the link.

And the other "sorta" blog I have is that I am a regular poster on a website dedicated to infertility & the Jewish communtiy.(yes, i know, I am pregnant, but I still am a regular contributer there, as i still feel very close with the group and I have made many friends there).

As to the pics themselves, I love 'em! The fridge looks nice & well stocked, gotta luv those milk bags, buddy's and the Israeli cottage cheese (did I tell you about my crazy cravings for Israeli cottage cheese...another time!)

I am totally not surprised by the pic of Jordan bathing Ari's face - I know Jordan will patiently lick a friendly face for as long as she is allowed! I rememeber many tongue-baths I recieved from her...and your comments about where else her tongue has been...

Leba is not as much of a face licker, though she will happily lick anything that is smothered in peanut butter, or other stuff from the kitchen...

As to the shuk, thank you - your photo esay is quite thorough and I appreciate it. There's no place like the shuk on an erev shabbas!


Posted by: Chavi | Dec 28, 2004 12:59:27 AM

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