Taken when I got real high over Jerusalem.
Click on photo for larger image. (Photo: Dave Bender)
An oldie, but a goodie for Rosh Hashana. Shana Tova!
And this from journalist colleague Judy Lash Balint:
The New Year season in Israel is marked by a unique set of sights, sounds and smells.
Markets burst with color. The bright scarlet of bulging pomegranates, deep shiny purple eggplant, huge green grapes and succulent dark brown dates line the stalls. The sharp sound of the shofar reverberates through the slightly damp air of the early morning, as the faithful heed its plaintive call to repentance during the days leading up to Yom Kippur. The scent of the last of the summer flowers lingers in the air, mixed with the fragrant odors of traditional holiday food wafting out of kitchens and bakeries all over the city.
It's hard to comprehend that in the midst of such vibrancy, Israelis continue to face existential threats from neighboring enemies that claimed hundreds of lives over the past months.
(Cross-posted at Israelity)