Ya’acov: The story of a shuk vendor

When you walk in to Ya’acov’s shop, called Azura, photographs of Mahaneh Yehuda’s glorious past catch your eye.

By JONATHAN GORDON
December 24, 2015 11:55
4 minute read.
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Ya’acov Nakash in front of Azura. An urn proffering hot sahlab takes a place of honor on the counter. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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As I do, you probably enjoy walking the length and breadth of the Mahaneh Yehuda market on a busy Friday or during the week, deeply inhaling the redolent fragrances of ripe fruit and fresh vegetables intertwined with the rich incense-like bouquet of herbs and spices flavoring the air around aromatic spice shops.

The sound track is a pleasant cacophony of vendors promoting tempting bargains, calling, “Come and get your pineapple – only three shekels.”

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