Couple playing in Jerusalem snow 390.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The possibility of snow in Jerusalem is enough to reduce the most wizened of
grouches into sparkle-eyed optimists.
Maybe it’s because snowfalls are so
far and few between in the area, that when the storm does come – even if it only
drops a centimeter or two – the whole city is sent into a tizzy.
actually travel below the speed limit, as the roads get jammed with buses and
Children and adults alike try to take every
advantage of the treasured white stuff, making skeletally creative snowmen and
sliding down hills in whatever makeshift cardboard or tin sled facsimile is
The last time we saw an accumulation back a few years ago, we
brought the kids to Mount Scopus and, along with like-minded families both Arab
and Jewish, spent hours joyfully playing, pelting one another with snow balls
and trudging back up the steep hills after exhilarating slides down.
there are reasons to be giddy and lighthearted when the forecast calls for
possible snow over the weekend. But maybe it’s not because of the fun that may
awaits us. Perhaps it’s because of how the city looks with a fresh coat of snow.
Seeing the sites of Jerusalem, whether they be the Old City and the Kotel or the
Knesset and the Windmill, covered in unblemished white – pure and sparkling –
elevates the spirit and makes the city even more beautiful than it usually
The snow temporarily covers up the every-day turbulence constantly in
motion right under the surface of life here in our spotlit corner of the
And it provides a cushiony blanket that lovingly envelops us,
if only for the moment. After a chilly Arab Spring, an icy Iranian front, and
positively freezing assessments of what lays ahead, wouldn’t it create a warm
and fuzzy feeling to wake up on Shabbat morning and go out and play in the snow?
It’s the least we deserve.