Love of the Land

For the week ending 26 January 2008 / 19 Shevat 5768

Zion Gate The Big Key

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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When Rabbi Mordechai Weingarten heard a knock at the door of his home in the courtyard of the Ohr HaChaim Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem he could hardly have imagined who was seeking entry.

As the last official muchtar, district head, of the Old City, he was the liaison between the British Mandate officials and the Jews. As the British evacuated the Walled City, a British officer had come to present the rabbi with an old, rusty foot-long key to Zion gate as a gift from England to the Jewish people.

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