My inaugural trip to the National Library of Israel

How exciting to wake up and find I don’t have Internet in my apartment. I had a list of arduous tasks, including ones connected to job searching and other such exciting things. But instead, I took it as a sign (and I don’t believe in signs). If I don’t have Internet, I have an excuse to do what I’ve been pushing off for around six months – go to the National Library of Israel and start dabbling in my latest dream – to write a book about the street names in Jerusalem.

I’m terrible at getting myself going because of my fear of failure but I called my sister Tsipora, told her to scream at me and tell me what to do, it worked, and I was on my way.

And here I finally am!

I'm surrounded by books about Jerusalem!

Surrounded by books about Jerusalem!

I need to go actually continue reading the books (and checking out the ones I ordered to the reading room upstairs) but I’ll just say one more thing.

Even the trip over here was inspiring. Every street announced on the bus’s speaker was the name of a person I know little to nothing about.

Sa’adiya Gaon



Chaim Hazaz

Eliezer Kaplan

And this is not to mention that almost every street corner in the city is a “square” named after even more people. Just on the way here I saw:

Rechavat Yosef Chakshuri

Kiryat David Ben Gurion

Kiryat Edmond Y. Safra

And at the entrance to Givat Ram campus:

Who were these people? I'm so curious!

Who were these people? I’m so curious!

Who were all these people? Were they extremely influential in Israel’s modern history? What can I learn from them?

We all know that every dream begins with a first blog post. Here is mine and it’s my attempt to make my dream come true.


2 thoughts on “My inaugural trip to the National Library of Israel

  1. Nathalie

    Good luck! waiting to learn more about all those names.
    Pursuing a dream is daunting, but also amazing. I envy you for having the courage to do so.


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