The beginning of the weekly Shabbot in Jerusalem near the gates of the old city is a frantic seen of men, women, all families all rushing towards the center of the walled “Old City”. It’s a holy day and many are dressed for the occasion. The sun is setting so the energy is high. Many are frantically moving through the city to pray.
This worshipper is elegantly dressed. His head is protected by a fox fire hat, or shtreimel, he wears a long double breasted coat, short pants and a pair of long white socks which cover both his legs and ankles. He has face similar to a suburban commuter heading towards Penn Station, but in this case the destination is the Western Wall. It’s apparent that he is very experienced at getting around the various obstacles and quickly through the narrow alleyways of the old quarter. He does it without breaking his stride. It’s just another Friday afternoon here in Jerusalem.