«On Top» is the theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week. I’m currently in Israel and here you can see the hat fashion in Jerusalem. I don’t have lot of time to catch up with blogs these days, but I’ll be back in action soon. In the meantime, you can check out more top notch photos here: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/on-top/
Shabbat Shalom! שבת שלום
Edit: Make sure to check out this post too: http://observations-of-a-canary.com/2014/04/17/williamsburg-stroll/ It was totally accidental. Thanks to themofman.wordpress.com for pointing it out!
Ha, fabulous interpretation. You found a good moment here, I enjoy this.
Thanks! There’ll be more photos from Jerusalem next week. Now it’s time for Friday night dinner and shabbat!
I agree with @tms above. You’ve captured a perfect interpretation here.
Wow Cardinal! I think there is a temporal nexus between you and the Canary. You both seeme to be shooting on the same psychic wavelength, if there is one:
Haha, that was awesome! Thanks for the link and have a great shabbat!
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
I like it!
excellent for On Top! Good Shabbos!
The one on the left looks more like a hairstyle than a hat. Not a very good hairstyle, but a hairstyle nonetheless. 🙂
Not a very good hat either. Someone told me that they’re useless when it rains or snows. 🙂
Great choice for “on top”!
I like your interpretation, Cardinal.
I have always wondered the meaning of the furry hat? Can you explain please?
Interesting question. Yes I can 🙂
The fur hat is called a shtreimel, which is a Yiddish word: שטרײַמל.
It’s not all of the haredi / hassidic jewish men that wear the fur hat. It’s normal for jewish men to cover their heads, but most people just wear a kippah. The men that wear hats, wear them on top of their kippas – it’s therefore considered to be/ believed to be extra spiritual, but there’s no demand for this in religious texts.
They wear the shtreimel on shabbat and holidays, but in Jerusalem you’ll find that members of the original Ashkenazi community also wears the hat (Ashkenazi = European).
Since the shtreimel שטרײַמל is worn on special occasions, it’s always worn together with special clothes that aren’t worn on weekdays.
In Hebrew there’s also a word צניעות (tzniut), that’s referring to a way of clothing (it’s actually more than that, it’s like a concept on modesty regarding how women should behave and dress) for women.
Anyway, since the hat, the shtreimel, is worn by married men on shabbat and holidays, and their women is dressing according to צניעות, tzniut, on Shabbat you’ll see families on a walk, where the men wear their elaborate hats and the women wear their most beautiful dresses (they never wear pants).
In about a week or so, I’ll post a photo of a family that I met. That way you can see for yourself.
It’s a beautiful sight and if you ever visit Israel (and especially Jerusalem), make sure to stay for Shabbat or one of the Jewish holidays.
Thank you for the great explanation as I too was curious.. Wonderful traditions..
No problem, I’m glad I could help.
Thank you so much for the explanation. I work in many communities that are predominantly Orthodox and one day I almost pulled over and asked a man walking swiftly in one of these hats but I didn’t as I did not want to offend. Tell me do the women still shave their heads? Thanks CG. : )
There’s 3 different types: those that shave their heads after marriage, because they’re not suppose to show any hair (they wear a wig instead). Then you have those that wear some cloth to cover their hair (usually a hat or some kind of scarf) and then you have the large majority of Jewish women that wear their own natural hair without covering it.
I was thinking of the bald women. Quite the submissive devotion. Admirable actually.
I have a fascination with hats, myself. I liked your interpretation of the challenge!
By the way, no “like” button? How does one show appreciation for the post?
Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving a comment Belle. You show appreciation by leaving a comment. There’s no need for likes: discussions, debates, positive and/or negative critique, exchange of information, a friendly little hello – it’s all much more rewarding than likes 🙂
Heh … terrific! 😀 Good for you, CG … being in Israel now, for Passover or Pesach and all! Looking forward to seeing your pictures.
!תודה רבה רבקה Pesach and Easter at the same time, I’m telling you that the traffic and the amounts of people, it’s completely insane! 🙂 A bus ride that normally takes about 45 minutes took me 2 1/2 hours here the other day – it was much more traffic than normal and on top of that a bus had caught fire so that the road was blocked. The police were in the news the other day and said: “don’t go to the Galil, It’s full.”
Heh! It’s full 😀 Anyway, that’s some bus ride in that little country! Enjoy your stay..
great photo for the challenge! 🙂 jerusalem is such a beautiful place. i hope to go back one day.
Thanks Esther. Jerusalem is one of the most fascinating cities that I’ve ever been to. Perhaps the most fascinating city. I hope that you’ll get to return there.
what a cool click. Jerusalem is on my ‘to do’ list. enjoy your time, and thanks for sharing this ‘on top’ moment.
I can recommend Jerusalem to everyone – it doesn’t matter if you’re religious or not: It’s definitely a “must see place”.
Nice photo, happy and safe travels to you 🙂
This one makes me smile Max!
Thanks Chris. Glad I could make you smile.
You do have a tendency to amaze me with your pictures Max!
Wonderful photo that is beautiful and humorous!
Thank you Noortje. Men in jewniforms 🙂
Excellent street shot and very memorable!
Thanks Richard. I have much better stuff on my memory cards, but I won’t publish them before I can do the post-processing on my normal computer. The lap-top is shit.
Excellent choice for this week’s challenge!
Great choice, Cardinal!
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Very distinguished! 🙂
Love those hats and yet another one of your inviting Jerusalem shots! One day!
On that day Patti, remember to get up really early – I recommend around 5 o’clock – get a quick bite to eat (the best thing is to prepare a sandwich or something the night before, because everything is closed at these hours) and head down to the old city and take photos as Jerusalem wakes up. It’s the most beautiful time in this very special city.
Love the hats and your explanation about them! 🙂
Thanks. I’ll use the explanation in the post that I mentioned there. I figured that it’s enough info for a separate post.
Sometimes you get a just right shot. This is one.
Thank you Lulu!
Fabulous millinery work. You have to have chuzpah to wear those hats.
Hehe, chuzpah indeed 😀
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Nice capture and it works very well as a black & white image.
Thanks Rick! This photo was just screaming “black & white!!” already before I pressed the shutter.
Great Interpretation. I love it ! 🙂
You are welcoome !
Hehe, the fashion that never changes. Very easy to follow!
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Such a creative interpretation on this week’s theme. Though I must say, the hat on the right looks a bit over-sized for the guy wearing it. It’s almost as if the hat is slowly slipping off his head. Great shot 🙂
Thank you very much Mabel. Oversized seems to be the preferred size when it comes to hats! 😀
I think you’re spot on there, Cardinal. Come to think of it, I’ve never ever seen a person wearing a hat that’s too small for their head 😀
A hat too small for the head? They call it Kipa (Americans call it Yarmulke).
Ah, Kipa. I’ve seen those. Those are meant to be small. I was thinking more along the lines of a grown man wearing a child’s sunhat or baseball cap xD
😀 That’s coll CG. I love your interpretation and your B&W work!
Thnaks Paula. As you know, there’ll be more photos coming from Jerusalem. I could probably have started my own Jerusalem blog and never run out of material if I wanted too 😀
So many people love this photo. I’m one of them.
I got a lot of positive feedback on this post. Thanks Trish!