Where’s the beef?

Ya’acov Mizrahi runs a family butcher shop in the Mahaneh Yehuda market.

August 26, 2011 23:54
3 minute read.
Butcher shop in Mahane Yehuda

Butcher 521. (photo credit: JULIA SCHILLER)


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Ya’acov Mizrahi, 73, is the owner of a butcher shop in the shuk, where he cuts and sells quality beef. His family came from Iraq, but he was born at Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus. He runs the business with his son Nissim, who is the third generation in the business, and his assistant, Mohammed Gilani.

Gilani is from the Golan Heights. He moved to Beit Hanina 13 years ago, a very prosperous, as he says, “relaxed” Arab community north of Jerusalem, where he lives with his family. Seven years ago he began to work for the Mizrahis. His family is also involved in the meat business, so he was familiar with the art of cutting meat.


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