The path of justice

Though it lacks even a sign to introduce it, Rehov Rothschild is home to such prominent institutions as the Supreme Court and the Jerusalem Bird Observatory.

December 30, 2010 19:56
The Wohl Rose Garden

Jerusalem Rose Garden 521. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Israel’s Supreme Court justices are constantly being called upon to make weighty decisions that affect us all. Yet until the current majestic edifice in Givat Ram was completed in 1992, the court convened in an almost primitive structure inside the Russian Compound. In winter the kerosene heaters that were used to warm the otherwise unheated building gave off a horrible smell. But when the windows were opened to air the rooms, the cold rushed in to freeze judicial fingers and toes.

Money for construction of the Supreme Court was donated very discreetly by the Rothschild Foundation. In the best of Jewish charitable traditions, the Rothschilds are not mentioned by name on the sign located at the entrance to the courthouse. And, perhaps by design, Rehov Rothschild – adjacent to the building – lacks even a single sign.


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