Sunday, November 9
Yitzhak Peretz of Mahane Yehuda (original photography)
Yitzhak Peretz of Mahane Yehuda 1 (Dave Bender)
Yitzhak Peretz is a devout Moroccan Jew who immigrated to Israel in the 1980's. He owns a small tailor shop across the street from Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market. I stopped in one day, looking to repair my backpack.
Peretz's pride and "old-world" manner, innate respect for his lifelong profession, and his clientele impressed me as I waited for him to finish the repair.
Yitzhak Peretz of Mahane Yehuda 2 (Dave Bender)
I was rapt, watching his hands and eyes as he worked on his ancient sewing machine. He said he'd brought it with him from Morocco to Israel.
Yitzhak Peretz of Mahane Yehuda 3 (Dave Bender)
As I waited for him to complete the work on my pack, another customer came in. Peretz proudly displayed his completed repairs on a handbag she'd brought in earlier.