Snow began falling in Jerusalem yesterday, Thursday, December 12, and continued last night. This morning we woke up to a city beautiful in white but at a standstill. Few cars, no busses, no light rail, no newspapers, no school, most stores closed. We've heard reports that this is a record snowstorm for December, and perhaps for all time.
View from my rear window, Friday, December 13, 7:30 a.m.
Yesterday, Trudy and I walked through the "blizzard" to the supermarket to buy
ingredients for a winter vegetable shepherd's pie that she is now making for
Shabbat. I put one of the bottles of Belgian beer that I got as a birthday present from my children into the fridge for Shabbat lunch. I have chosen Kasteel Cuvee du
Chateau 2012, a beer with a vintage and 11% alcohol by volume, for this
occasion. I hope to write a review of it afterwards. I have been saving these ales, strong in malt and
alcohol, for such wintry days. I'm sure there are Israeli beers with similar attributes and I will try to find them. But for tomorrow, we're giving the Belgians a chance.