Vine-Like and Floral (Ohel Moshe) (New City Jerusalem)

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The major Jewish monuments in Jerusalem are the modest little old neighborhoods in the new city. I like the decorative motifs on the gate leading into Ohel Moshe neighborhood, one of the first Jewish neighborhoods established outside the Old City, this one in 1882. It was an Old Yishuv, traditionalist community  named after Moses Montefiore, who sponsored its establishment. I have no idea about the design history of the wild little Sephardic synagogue, Hesed v’Rachamim, but it looks very contemporary. Looking at these pictures as a group what stands out are the geometric elements and the sinuous vine-like and other floral figures. The history of modern Jerusalem before and at the advent of Zionism already forms around the need to find a place to live.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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