Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Here's something you don't see every day

By Donald Sensing

It snowed four inches last night in Jerusalem:

Girls throw snowballs in front of the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem January 30, 2008. Jerusalem and its holy sites were covered in a blanket of snow on Wednesday.

Although snow falls from the sky in Jerusalem three or four times per winter, it is very unusual for there to be any accumulation at all, much less four inches. In fact, a winter storm encompassed most of the near Middle East, with a deep accumulations in Amman, Jordan and sub-freezing temps in Syria.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men build a snowman outside Jerusalem's Old City Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008.

When I was in Jerusalem last October, it was a lot warmer! News story here.


John A said...

Funny, I had not known that Al GOre(y) was slated to visit Jerusalem.

Mitch T said...

Does a snowman count as a graven image?

Donald Sensing said...

Nah, there's nothing "graven" about it. And it's not an idol, which is what the commandment is really forbidding.