Love of the Land

For the week ending 9 February 2008 / 3 Adar I 5768

The Windless Windmill

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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One of Jerusalem's most famous historical sites is the large windmill in the Yemin Moshe neighborhood. This windmill was sent to Jerusalem from London by Sir Moses Montefiore to enable the Jews of Batei Yehuda Touro to grind their own wheat and to earn a livelihood by serving other Jews who would no longer be dependent on the Arab monopoly on wheat grinding.

Despite the good intentions behind its establishment, the windmill had a very short lifespan. It soon became evident that there was not enough of a steady wind where it stood and it could therefore not live up to the expectations of those who saw it as the first attempt to introduce economic self-sufficiency into a Jerusalem neighborhood.

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