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also known as "Variety on a black Monday".


Waiting for the bus, just outside the Wailing Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. A variety of Jewish head dresses.



comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Possibly Greenland
  • 16 May 2016, 01:24
A very fine street shot of an, apparently, unhappy bunch of folks...perhaps the scheduled bus is running late?
Louis: I managed to keep the bus out of the shot. But all those speculative looks, were assessing how full it was and would there be any room left. For the rest, they were as 'happy' as any group of people traveling in a lift smile
  • Martine
  • France
  • 16 May 2016, 04:49
Ils ont une façon très particulière de s'habiller due à  leurs rites religieux.
Louis: C'est correct, Martine. Ils ont aussi différents groupes, au sein de la religion juive.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 May 2016, 06:42
I expect they have to do this every day of the week Louis
Louis: Every day there will be lots of Jews praying at the western (wailing) wall. There is no requirement to pray daily, but I believe they come regularly - maybe once a week, a month, or so.
They don't look a happy bunch Louis, perhaps they have been waiting a long time.
Louis: The bus is out of the picture and seemed well occupied. I believe this lot was checking whether they could go with this bus.
And what a fine study it is, Louis. WOW.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 May 2016, 07:50
This is just fabulous... what a great picture of the waiting people. Wonderful B&W
Louis: Thank you Astrid. They were occupied with the bus that just stopped and made the shot possible.
Looks like the bus is late. Good group portrait Louis
Louis: The bus is just out of the picture and seemed well occupied. I believe this lot was checking whether they could go with this bus.
There are in their own world! Fine capture indeed Louis.
Louis: Thank you Richard. Yes, they are focused on seating opportunity in the bus.
What a varied bunch of expressions. A real gem, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Mary. The young man looking straight at the camera has remarkable blue eyes - almost a pity to go b&w
I've never quite come to understand all the strange forms of headgear these guys wear, especially the ones with hats too small and the others with little square blocks.
Louis: The first thing to understand about Jewish religion, is that they are not all the same. The basic reason would be the Talmud, with its rules and regulations. Where does the Talmud fit in? The first 5 books of the Jewish Bible is the Torah and covers the law. They are the same first 5 books as in the King James Bible. The complete Jewish Bible is known as the Tanakh and is basically the same as the Old Testament. The Talmud is supplementary religious text to the Torah. For near on 3,000 years religious leaders - later became rabbi's - studied the Torah and provided interpretations into what God meant with the law laid down in the Torah. Some of these leaders were elevated to the level of a sage and are contributors to the Talmud, when they provided their interpretations. The Talmud is a compendium of all the interpretations - but this was not done from a central point - so there are two collections, known as the Babylonian and the Jerusalem Talmuds. And sages do not always agree on some matters, so groups of followers develop over time. Hasidic, Orthodox and whatever. There are also differences per country. Polish Jews may differ from French Jews on a lot of issues. And then there are practicing and non-practicing Jews.

Head wear is one such and item, that has been interpreted over the years and different groups will follow different practices. Rules may differ and who should wear something - women, men and children. When to wear it - in prayer only, all the time, different headgear on Sabbath than on other days, what type of head wear - and so-on.

The blocks that you refer to are tefillin. They are leather blocks, containing law extracts from the Torah. There are a few places in the Torah that refers to a "sign to remember" e.g. Exodus 13: 9 "And it shall be for a sign for you upon your hand, and for a memorial between your eyes, that the law of the LORD may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand did the LORD bring you out of Egypt." Now the text is not clear on what this sign or memorial should constitute, so the sages said it must be tefillin that should be worn. The sages will differ on when to wear the tefillin and some say, it is not necessary.

So you never came to understand - don't worry, I am pretty sure the average practicing Jew also don't understand; they just follow the stream that they are used to.
This is a really nice shot, Louis. Excellent.
Louis: Thank you Frank - there are so many opportunities in that Old City.
Yes, not a happy looking crew.
Louis: A bit anxious about available space on the bus that just stopped.
this is a superb b&w image of the crowd with such a variety of hats Louis... they don't smile very much do they.....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter. They were checking the bus, probably to see if there would be enough space. I also think Jew coming from the wailing wall, will not be inclined to be happy.
excellent shot, Louis. some of them look rather rock star-ish.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. They do.

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