Feeling the Holiday spirit at Mahane Yehuda

Hustle and bustle at Jerusalem's main market as thousands flock to do last-minute shopping in time for Rosh Hashana.

September 28, 2011 06:01
3 minute read.
Other Jaffa Road residents hope to reproduce shuk'

Other Jaffa Road residents hope to reproduce shuk's success.. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


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 atmosphere.

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.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

As the New Year approaches, tell us what defined your year

Commercial chains added to the festivities with Aroma’s branded new year’s chocolates and Re-bar’s pomegranate juice, yogurt and iced drink.

Shop 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.”

According to Benjamin, the preceding days were even busier as people came after work to get food to prepare for the holiday meals.

Click for full Jpost coverage

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.


“The shuk offers a way to experience the holidays through the senses,” says  a young anglo shopper. “You get to see, taste, touch, hear, feel, smell and breathe the sweetness of the festival of Rosh Hashana”.

iTravelJerusalem.com is a new online international travel portal offering all the latest information on things to do , places to eat  and places to stay in Jerusalem.

Tell us your story

Here at JPost we’re interested to hear which moments defined this past year for you personally, and how they will influence the year ahead.

We want to hear about the changes that impacted your year, whether it be a decision you've made, a personal gain or loss, a family event or a community gathering. Tell us about your experience how it affected you and what you’ve gained from it in order to improve the next year.

Please send in your stories in text, image or video (or any combination of the above mentioned), to  lifestyle@jpost.com. The best story will win a two-night weekend stay at The Grand Court Hotel in Jerusalem.

The winner will be chosen by a panel composed of Lifestyle Editor Yoni Cohen, Internet Desk Manager Elana Kirsh and Managing Editor Moshe Raphaely.

Stories must be submitted by Wednesday, October 12, 2011. The winner will be announced the following week on Wednesday October 19.

Selected entries will be published on JPost.com.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

El Al
August 16, 2014
The Travel Adviser: For El Al, mission accomplished