Friday, October 22, 2004

Sounds of Jerusalem

It's Shabbat and Jerusalem is quiet. I wish that I had a recorder so that you could experience all the amazing sounds here. When Shabbat is about to begin, a very loud siren alerts everyone to run home, light their candles, and say prayers. It's time for Shabbat. Many things stop. No public transportation, stores are closed, and the radio stations play "softer" music.

Another sound that you'll hear is the muezzin calling Muslims to pray. It is called out five times a day from the mosques.

These sounds mix with the traffic and people talking to each other and on cell phones to create a wonderful (and often over-stimulating) sound festival.


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