Jerusalem’s street names constantly remind me that I am engulfed by the history of my people and my city. I’m fascinated by the names and seeing them shapes my day-to-day life here.
For example, I might meet a friend on Ben Yehuda – named after the man who reawakened the ancient Hebrew language, transforming it into a modern tongue.
And then we might walk on Agron – named after a mayor of Jerusalem and the founder of the Jerusalem Post (then with a different name).
Here is a day in my Jerusalem life, based on some of the typical street names I pass on a regular basis. Click on the pictures to see a slideshow with explanations about all the of the street names mentioned here:
Gershon Agron (1894-1959) – founder of the paper that became the Jerusalem Post, mayor of Jerusalem in 1955-1959
L.L. Zamenhof (1859-1917) – signed L.L., not A. as the municipality decided to call him, creator of Esperanto, the most successful constructed language
The Westerners – in honour of the North African immigrants who started the first neighbourhood in western Jerusalem
Queen Shlomtzion (Salome Alexandra) (141-67 BCE) – the only Jewish regnant queen, last woman ruler of Judea, brought prosperity to the kingdom
Mamilla – probably comes from the Arabic word that means “that which comes from God”
Mamilla is a beautiful street – can’t help but add a few more shots of it
Omar Ibn Al-Khattab (644-586) – considered the founder of the Muslim empire, reigned over Israel, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, conquered Jerusalem
King Solomon – King David’s son, a king, a poet
Yitzhak Kariv (1902-1999) – mayor of Jerusalem (1952-1955), was fired as mayor, a banker
Moses Hess (1812-1875) – a Jewish philosopher, socialist, a founder of Labor Zionism
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