December 26, 2004
December 26, I walked from the King Solomon Hotel on King
George Street, crossed Jaffa Road, where it became Nathan
Strauss Street, until Mea Shearim and the Bukharian
Friends near King George Street, 7 a.m.
Nathan Strauss Street looking into Mea Shearim, 26 December
2004, 7:15 a.m.
Imagine a village in pre-war Poland. You are in Mea
Shearim. The ultra-Orthodox men have long beards and wear
long black coats and handsome black hats. The residents do
not like to be photographed, recalling the prohibition in
the Ten Commandments against graven images. I saw a lot of
new construction in Mea Shearim, mostly yeshivas (religous
schools), all built with classic Jerusalem stone.
Next to Mea Shearim is the Bukharian Market. The
shopkeepers are members of families who migrated from the
Caspian sea region. The shop keepers wear contemporary
clothes. Most of them are clean-shaven. Their features are
swarthier than the residents of Mea Shearim. Many of the
Bukharian Market people do not like to be photographed.
Many Mea Shearim residents shop in the Bukharian Market.
Market, 7:30 a.m.
December 26, was cloudy and rainy. I left the hotel just
after sunrise, about 7 a.m. I missed most of the foot
traffic of people going to work. I returned to the hotel by
Strauss Street, 8 a.m.