How You Can Tell Pesach is Around the Corner (6 Jerusalem Photos)

How You Can Tell Pesach is Around the Corner (6 Jerusalem Photos)

If you live in a Jewish community anywhere in the world, you can probably enter your local grocery store, and see from the shelves that Passover is on the way. Boxes of matzoh, jars of gefilte fish, cans of Manischewitz macaroons all around. But here in Jerusalem, I have gotten accustomed to different signs that Pesach is right around the corner…

The biggest sign that Pesach is almost here--mountains of garlic all over. The entire market, in fact, smells delicious like garlic!

The biggest sign that Pesach is almost here–mountains of garlic all over. The entire market, in fact, smells delicious like garlic!

Peanut macaroons. Ashkenazim can enjoy these yummy kitniyot-based treats before Pesach.

Peanut macaroons. Ashkenazim can enjoy these kitniyot-based treats before Pesach. Yum!

A pre-Pesach delicacy: unripe green almonds. Sounds unappealing? You're right:)

A pre-Pesach delicacy: unripe green almonds. Sounds unappealing? You’re right:)

Loads of shechechiynu fruits for seder night, like Shesek! So yum!

Loads of new shechechiynu fruits for seder night, like Shesek! So yum!

And the first peaches of the season, still small and sour, but the excitement of that first taste of peach is always something else!

And the first peaches of the season! The excitement of that first taste of peach is always something else!

And another sure sign of Pesach spotted near the shuk...oceans of Sifrei Kodesh being aired out and cleaned of Chametz.

And another sure sign of Pesach spotted near the shuk…oceans of Sifrei Kodesh being aired out and cleaned of Chametz.

Wow, I sooo love living here! And I sooo can’t wait for Pesach!

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9 comments

  1. I really LOVE this post! I think you should do one of these for every chag, it’s what makes Israel so special.
    My additions: all the SANO cleaning product stands at the supermarket
    Street stands selling rolls of foil, paper and disposeables
    Hundreds of carpets hanging over balconies
    My favourite: a few days before, you will see hundreds of kids swinging their feet over their balconies, noshing the last of the chametz, while their mother finishes cleaning inside (on shmuel hanavi street)

  2. Thank you, this is great!!

  3. Batsheva

    O… do I love to read your posts! Absolutely inspiring!

  4. Oh, we see nothing like that here at all in Seattle.

    I was just commenting to someone who much I love the fact that we’re finally staying home this year for Pesach. Pesach is just so different when you’re getting ready and your whole mindset is Pesach oriented.

    Most of my friends are leaving to go spend Pesach with their families in the more Jewish parts of the world!

  5. so what do people do with those unripe green almonds?

    inquiring minds want to know….

    • JewishMom

      just eat them like regular almonds as far as I know. And they actually ENJOY them, strangely enough…

      • I am not a huge fan either, but it is good to note that almonds have cyanide in them (no joke) and to be careful not to overdose on those green ones…I know people who have landed in hospital as a result of almond related food poisoning! Chag Pesach Kasher veSame’ach!

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