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    As in the past so it remains today - we were and still are under the selfsame commitment to adhere to the directions of the Gedolei Yisrael, who stand guard against breaches of purity threatening our camp. When we were required to ask – we asked. When we were instructed to depart – we left. The moment we are summoned back to raise the flag, every other consideration is pushed to the side and we answer: We are ready!

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Nachla’ot – Photo Gallery with a Scent of History

Nachla’ot – Photo Gallery with a Scent of History

Stroll along any given street in Yerushalayim with your camera, and you’ll be sure to return home with a treasure-trove of images… Having said that, there’s nothing quite like Nachla’ot

Dubi Gal 15/11/2009 07:25
The streets of Yerushalayim are drenched in history: a city that has always and will always – forever – be a feast for the eye. No matter where you turn a fascinating scene unfolds - and in Nachla’ot, this fact is true tenfold.

 Ancient wells sit silently in the center of the neighbourhood courtyards, no longer in use but solid testimony of the numerous transformations that the place has undergone, as generations slid into one another. Who died, who was born, who gained inheritance – that’s how it is when you’re situated in the center of a square at a vantage point where you see the world going by. A young child skips and leaps along the length of a balcony above us, and I wonder, does she know that this is the balcony that Rav Chaim Hirsch Eisenbach (patriarch of the illustrious Eisenbach family) used to walk on his way to the Shul? Does this small group of children passing by realise why this place is called ‘Batei Rand’?

Each building in Nachla’ot can fill a book, each neighbourhood can fill volumes - and Nachla’ot itself? An encyclopedia, at least. A place that houses Ashkenazim and Sefardim, Chassidim and Litvaks, the rich and the poor; the religious and the less than religious… a place that is a story.

But don’t think that I am worthy of telling this story – I simply responded to the request of Etrog and took a hike around the area with my trusty camera, and snapped away. Here are the results - not exactly in chronological order, but a delight nevertheless to sift through at your leisure. So sit back, and take a whiff of the powerful scent of history that rises from the soil of Nachla’ot.

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The Shul of Batei Rand. For a moment it seems that there is Reb Mendel Brichta, standing at the Amud and singing in his deep baritone: ‘Shochen Ad…’.
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The Shul in the Batei Rand neighbourhood is a place connected to a time when craftsmanship was used to its full. Each corner is a style unique unto itself. Here is the chandelier, not just any light-fitting but a truly unique piece. Craftsmanship for the ‘sake of Heaven’.
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These next couple of pictures were also taken in the Shul in Batei Rand – true works of art, in the windows of the room adjoining the main prayer hall.
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The stone above the entranceway to Batei Broide.
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Nostalgia: Remember these types of ‘Shtender’ from the old times?
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The building on the left looks pretty – but mind what Chazal say: Every turning that you make, turn right’. Take note of the sign.
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“Mashiach Borochof House: An attractive private home, which in 1908 was built for the Bucharian merchant family of Mashiach Borochof. Built in an eclectic style, with arched ceilings and pillars, and at the entrance sit two sculpted lions. The building is part of the Bucharian settlement outside of the Bucharian quarter.” Go tell the wealthy of Rechavia that once upon a time, there were rich people in the holy Land...
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Sculpted garlands in a design influenced by styles from overseas. Note however that most engravings do not show images – most probably in keeping with the Halachic prohibition of sculpting image?
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A standard street in Nachla’ot
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The name of a street in Yerushalayim - with a deep meaning behind it.
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‘All of Israel are brothers’.
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Like the Kippah collection – a hookah of every kind, for every kind.
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The distinct flavor of Jerusalem alleyways does not fade away, even here.
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A smoke-stack – for those who have not forgotten what that is.
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Even here – anti-Semitism and hate.
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No special connection to Yerushalayim, but still a charming picture.
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The entrance to Batei Munkacz. For the graphic designers amongst you, surely the font used in this sign arouses nostalgia – there is hardly a corner in Yerushalayim that is not adorned with a sign using this ancient font!
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The old and the new, side by side.
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Communal balcony. An integral part of every building in the old neighborhoods of Yerushalayim.
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The courtyard of Batei Rand.
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No – we’re not talking about a new lamp designed to give a flavor of the ‘olden-days’; we’re talking about ‘olden day’ itself.
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Along this very balcony walked the saintly Rav Chaim Tzvi Eisenbach, patriarch of the famous Eisenbach family of Yerushalayim, on his way to the Shul of Batei Rand.
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More of Batei Rand, also in the coming pictures.
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An alleyway nearby (not in Batei Rand).
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irresistible shot for an amateur photographer: Attempting to achieve a far/near effect..
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Another picture, where a simple Jerusalem courtyard acquires a nostalgic front.
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A tree trunk. It seems this trunk has accompanied at least two or three generations.
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The right entrance is for men, the left for women. Note the inscription on the women’s doorway: ‘Eshes Chayil’ (Woman of Valor).
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Ancient plaques and signs – a research project in and of itself.
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Before we saw just the stone above the archway, here is the entire entranceway.
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Definitely a place with ‘roots’.
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 A penetrating stare… For anyone who had doubts as to the true color of cats’ eyes. Yes, this is also in Nachla’ot.
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This must be Yerushalayim... No?
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Wall paintings in Nachla’ot.
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Conversation from two sides of the window.
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The window shades in Yerushalayim – they knew the knocking of the gabbai: “Jews, wake up to serve your Creator”
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Add a seventh digit to the number – it’s about time.
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 Great, here in this workshop there is some progress – seven digits to the telephone number
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 And here is a delightful picture to end off the gallery; A charming way to say goodby...