How it really was: The sun has set on Shemesh

Once upon a time, there was a restaurant on Jerusalem’s Ben-Yehuda Street that was owned and operated by Yehezkel Shemesh.

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March 7, 2018 17:36
Mayor Teddy Kollek and Marc Chagall at the Israel Museum in 1969

Mayor Teddy Kollek and Marc Chagall at the Israel Museum in 1969. (photo credit: THE ISRAEL MUSEUM)

ON THE wall facing you as you entered hung a drawing of extravagant lines emanating from a circle. It was a sun scrawled on a large sheet of paper that was signed by Marc Chagall. Beside it, was a massive enlargement of the historic photo of the three victorious generals entering the Old City in 1967: Uzi Narkis, Yitzhak Rabin and Moshe Dayan. Below the photo was a bronze plaque thanking the proprietor for inviting soldiers for free meals during the Six-Day War. Which eatery was home to such unique décor?

Once upon a time, there was a restaurant on Jerusalem’s Ben-Yehuda Street that was owned and operated by Yehezkel Shemesh.

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