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by michael October 08 2008
This week in JerusalemThings to do
Etrog
You can buy an etrog this week, but people might get mad if you cut it in half

Hey, we'll be the first to admit it: this time of the year is not the best time to be out and about in the city. Sure, the weather's great, but with all these Days of Awe getting in the way, cultural life has slowed way down from its summer festival peak. The Chol HaMoed Sukkot rush is on the horizon, of course, but until then, you'll have to content yourself with a more pared down week in the Holy City:

  • Wednesday and Thursday are taken up by the preparation for and observance of Yom Kippur. Nothing opens up until Thursday night, and while cultural venues are closed, you can break your fast at one of many restaurants that open up in the city center.
  • Once Yom Kippur checks out, you can get into the Sukkot spirit on Friday by attending the surprisingly boisterous sale of the Four Species vital to the holiday, taking place next to the Machane Yehuda market. 
  • And, of course, there's always theater: for a taste of suitably black Israeli comedy, don't miss Oh, God at the Jerusalem Theatre.
  • Brigham Young as always provides something classical on a Sunday, and this time it's a full-on piano quintet.

And then it's Sukkot! The intervening days of the holiday, Chol HaMoed, are bursting to the seams with special events and performances, and we'll be offering in-depth coverage in the coming days.

Image courtesy of rbarenblat from Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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