The Hebrew University of Jerusalem... ... A love affair

Imagine in 1957, standing next to Sam Rothberg, that towering American Jewish leader, as the cornerstone of the second or third building on the Giv’at Ram campus.

June 7, 2018 17:45
ESTABLISHING THE Hebrew University on Mount Scopus and laying the cornerstone, 1918

ESTABLISHING THE Hebrew University on Mount Scopus and laying the cornerstone, 1918. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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Had there not been a university in Jerusalem, it would not be Jerusalem, and Israel might not have come into existence.

Imagine a child in Canada, hearing the word “Yerushalayim,” not knowing what it meant, just that it was said in a hushed tone, as befits a holy word. Imagine being there before the State was established, reading that the Zionist movement wanted to have a great university in Jerusalem – and had in fact opened one in 1925.


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