Other Jaffa Road residents hope to reproduce shuk's success..
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
With just hours to go until Rosh Hashana, excitement and urgency were in
the air at Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market, as crowds scurried to get
last-minute supplies. With shops closed until Saturday evening, most
visitors to the market were focused on stocking up but there were those
simply there to soak up the frenetic, vibrant, old-world market
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Buskers, musicians, beggars and tourists could be
found in the open-air section with stalls displaying mouthwatering
holiday produce including seasonal pomegranates, fresh dates and an
assortment of honeys. One of the fresh juices stands made up a special
mixed juice that includes all of the Rosh Hashana simanims (significant omens) and fish stores sold countless fish heads.
chains added to the festivities with Aroma’s branded new year’s
chocolates and Re-bar’s pomegranate juice, yogurt and iced drink.
owners took advantage of this busy time. “We easily sell between two
and three tonnes of fish daily,” says Benjamin Sellouk of the respected
fish shop, David Dagim. “We’ve been open longer hours and our orders
double at least. We bring in special fish such as locus, red mullet and
of course carp, used to make gefilte fish and popular with both
Ashkenazim and Moroccans. We make sure we have enough fish heads.”
to Benjamin, the preceding days were even busier as people came after
work to get food to prepare for the holiday meals.
Located in the center of town, Mahane Yehuda attracts a diverse bunch of
shoppers – locals, tourists, religious, secular, rich, poor, young and
old. The shuk
has become a
one-stop shop with consumers able to buy everything they need for the
holidays, including clothes, prayer items and non-perishables. As part
of the shuk’s
re-generation, trendy new shops and restaurants provide a calm vantage point to watch the activities.
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