Streets of Jerusalem

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Jerusalem Streets: HaRav Kook Street

Take a short walk to HaRav Kook Street, almost directly across Zion Square.  On the corner where Rav Kook Street meets Jaffa Road, you’ll find a line of sherut vans taking passengers to Tel Aviv.  This is quite useful information to keep in mind if you’re ever in a hurry to get to Tel Aviv and want a convenient way to avoid potential crowds at the Central Bus Station.

Streets of Jerusalem: Path to Ticho House on HaRav Kook Street

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Path to Ticho House

Continue up HaRav Kook Street and look for the brown sign on the left side pointing down the alley to the Ticho House.  The building is one of the few remaining original courtyards built in the late 19th century when Jews began to move out of the Old City. Read the history of the David Courtyard on the blue plaque next to the entryway, and then walk into the courtyard.

Notice the two covered wells in the center of the yard?  They’re sitting on top of the cistern that provided water for the 10 families who lived in the apartments surrounding the courtyard. These apartments are still occupied today.

More on the Streets of Jerusalem

Jerusalem Museum of Psalms

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Entrance to Museum of Psalms

Also on HaRav Kook Street is the Museum of Psalms, a testament to the creativity and fortitude of the human spirit.  Here, in three large rooms, artist and Holocaust survivor Moshe Zvi Berger displays his stunning interpretation of all 150 Psalms—each one rendered in vivid colors.

If you’re lucky, you’ll meet the artist, who lives modestly in one of the neighboring rooms of the courtyard.  Prints and lithographs are available for sale and make for unusual Jerusalem gifts.

As you return to the alleyway to take your leave, note that the courtyard has only one entrance/exit—this was to safeguard the residents from attack by roving bandits back in the early 1900s.

Jerusalem Museum: Rav Kook Museum

Walk a few steps to your right and you’ll notice the photo plaques on the wall of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, who was Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem in 1919 and Chief Rabbi of the pre-state Yishuv in 1921.

  Public Domain Well in David Courtyard

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Well in David Courtyard

Climb the stairs to the Rav Kook Museum, which is filled with fascinating artifacts and information about this former leader of religious Zionism whose philosophy of love of all Jews and love of the land influences large sectors of the religious Zionist world to this day.

At the end of the street you’ll find the Ticho House, housing a restaurant, museum, and library all in one. Enjoy year-round indoor or outdoor seating in the dairy restaurant; afterwards, check out the temporary art exhibit and the Chanukah lamp collection belonging to Dr. Avraham Ticho. A library to the right of the entrance is worth a peek too.

For more about restaurants in and around Jerusalem check out the Baruch Haba Restaurant site that offers an English website for restaurants with an online booking service and specials and discount coupons; booking on line ensures your table is available and the restaurant is open.

Streets of Jerusalem: Did You Know?

Anna Ticho was an artist who died in 1980 at age 86 and bequeathed the house she shared with her husband, ophthalmologist Avraham Ticho, to the the city of Jerusalem. It is located on HaRav Kook Street and is now owned by the Israel Museum.

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