Thursday, September 25, 2008

Two Photos from Downtown

First, the Zohorei Hamah Synagogue in downtown Jerusalem, opposite the Mahane Yehuda shuk. The clocks feature Jerusalem local time and halakhic time (divisions of day and night based on sunrise and sunset times). The sundial is pretty accurate from what I could tell.

(Click on the images for larger versions.)

Zohorei Hamah Synagogue

Next, an election poster for Meir Porush, a Haredi politician who is running for mayor of Jerusalem. The top legend reads (in my free translation): “A good attitude toward [or for] everyone: Meir Porush!” It shows all kinds of people from all walks of life and levels of observance who have one thing in common: they support Meir Porush’s bid to become mayor of Jerusalem.

Election poster

Yes, it’s quite plainly an attempt to depict Porush as “everyman’s candidate”—literally. Look closely—eighteen photos, and not a woman in the lot.

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