Posts Tagged ‘Meah Shearim’
(JNi.media) Noa Roth, 36, ultra-Orthodox daughter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has recently moved with her husband and two children to live in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem’s most staunchly Haredi neighborhood, Ma’ariv reported this weekend.
Netanyahu and his first wife, Dr. Miriam (Miki) Weitzman (later Haran), who met in 1972 in Boston, where they were both studying, had their daughter Noa in 1979, and divorced soon after. Noa later became religious, and is married to Daniel Roth, a Chabad-affiliated businessman. The couple have two children, Netanyahu’s only grandchildren.
Noa prefers to stay out of the limelight. In Netanyahu’s official biography, on the Prime Minister’s office’s website—updated October 19, 2015—it states that “Mr. Netanyahu is married to Sara, a psychologist, and is the father of three. The Netanyahu family lives in Jerusalem.” There is no mention of the fact that his first offspring was born in an earlier marriage (he was also married to Fleur Cates from 1981 to ’84); and there’s also no mention of the prime minister’s two grandchildren, although he and Sara, his third wife, with their two sons, Yair and Avner, attended the bris of Noa’s and David’s son in 2011.
The tightly-packed neighborhood into which Noa and David Roth have just moved is 100% ultra-Orthodox, and has dozens of yeshivas, kolels and synagogues.
[Ed: It’s amazing they were able to find an available apartment in Mea Shearim.]JNi.Media
Hareidim in Jerusalem’s Meah Shearim neighborhood are protesting against the jailing of 4 Yeshiva students who didn’t show up to the IDF draft center.Photo of the Day
A Jerusalem Municipality decision recently angered Hareidi (Ultra-Orthodox) representatives of the city, according to a report by Tzipi Malcob.
The municipality decided to name a street “HaBetula meLudmir”, or in English, “The Virgin from Ludmir”.
As you can imagine, using the word “Virgin” in a Jerusalem street name might upset some sensitive religious sensibilities.
But before you decide that the Jerusalem Municipality is trying to upset its Hareidi citizens, here is a little background.
The Virgin of Ludmir was the name given to Chana Rachel Webermacher (1805-1888), born in the town of Ludmir, Volhynia (now the Ukraine).
Webermacher was an unusual person. At one point in her life she decided to take on many of the ritual practices usually reserved for men, such as wearing Talit and T’fillin (possibly even wearing 2 pairs of T’fillin).
Due to community pressure in Ludmir, she got married, but quickly got divorced. She may have even gotten married and quickly divorced a second time.
Webermacher gained the reputation as a holy woman, and in 1860, she made Aliyah and moved to Jerusalem.
But what made her most unusual, is that it appears that Webermacher actually held court in her Meah Shearim home, with her own Hassidim, receiving her followers, handing out blessings and presiding over a regular Shabbos Tish, just like any other Hassidic Admor.
It’s also known that Webermacher studied Kababla, taught Torah to women, and prayed with women at the Kotel and at Rachel’s Tomb.
In short, the first Hassidic feminist.
She died in 1888, and was buried on the Mount of Olives.
In order to relieve Hareidi displeasure at having the word “Virgin” in the street name, the committee decided to change the name of the street to “The Virgin of Ludmir – Chana Rachel Webermacher”.
The Hareidi representatives deemed that a respectable compromise.
What is not yet known is which Jerusalem neighborhood will welcome the Virgin.Jewish Press News Briefs
Hundreds of Haredim in Meah Shearim rioted on Thursday, after a young Haredi man was arrested for refusing to show up for the draft.
The Haredim began throwing rocks at the police, burning garbage in the streets and blocking traffic.
Five rioters were detained by police after the riot.
All Israeli citizens are subject to arrest if they don’t show up when called for the draft.
Last week JewishPress.com reported on the 30,000 Haredim who received their permanent exemptions from the draft as a result of the new draft law.
A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014.
The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last night yours truly drove to the nearby town of Ra’anana in very serious rain and it got a little scary. Rain in Israel has a similar effect as 2 inches of snow in Atlanta, GA: folks behind the wheel stop thinking rationally.
Don’t ask what happens when we get 2 inches of snow.
Here’s a rain image from the Jaffa Gate in the old city, below David’s Citadel.Yori Yanover