Monday, February 15, 2010

Abraham Lincoln in Jerusalem

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Today, Feb. 15, Americans are celebrating (what is erroneously called) Presidents' Day.
And I actually found a Jerusalem photo for the day!

This street corner in Jerusalem is prime real estate. The prestigious King David Hotel is on the left, and the dome and tower you see are the venerable old YMCA.

It is where Abraham Lincoln meets King David!
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It made me wonder why President Lincoln got a street in Jewish Jerusalem.
The nice book The Streets of Jerusalem: who, what, why may hold the answer.
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"When the House of Representatives enacted a law mandating that every chaplain for the army and for military hospitals be 'a regularly ordained minister of some Christian denomination,' Lincoln strongly supported legislation to allow rabbis to serve in these capacities. "
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"In response to an edict by General Ulysses S. Grant expelling all Jews from the area of his command, allegedly because they were engaging in illegal trade, Lincoln declared the order unjust and forced its immediate cancellation."
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So on this, America's special day, I say "Thanks, Abe!"
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And happy That's My World day to all, especially to the blogger that everyone knows, Abraham Lincoln, who is a real live relative of President Lincoln.
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24 comments:

Carver said...

What an interesting post and shots.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Dina: That is so neat, really cool capture.

Louise said...

Fascinating facts you've unearthed there! I wonder what Kind David would have thought of old Abe, and, indeed, what they might find to talk about if they really found themselves together on a street corner in Jerusalem? Greetings from Italy. Louise.

Stine in Ontario said...

That's amazing! I would have wondered the same thing so thanks for explaining it, Dina!

Robin said...

There's a Lincoln Street in Tel Aviv too, and like the Jerusalem one Israelis pronounce it "Linkolin", which never fails to amuse.

Jørgen Carlsen said...

Interesting to read the explanation - and to visit the Lincoln-blog.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

What a find --perfect for the day what a fun thing to post that was so nice of you:)

Rinkly Rimes said...

A great view of your city!

susieofarabia said...

As always, very interesting! Who knew? I always learn something new on your blog!!!

Louis la Vache said...

Here is an article about Lincoln and his friendship with the Jews at Jewish World Review.

Cloudia said...

thanks, Abe! Lest we forget WHY Israel must exist!



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Dimple said...

That is an interesting piece of history. I have always admired Abraham Lincoln, and now I have another reason for it!

Eki said...

A just man - whoever he is - deserves a universal recognition. Lincoln in one of my favorite American figures.

Jew Wishes said...

What a great shot, Dina! Nice explanation...thank you.

Pietro said...

Interesting text and significant images, Dina.

VP said...

Interesting post with an even more interesting link. This third Monday thing for a holiday is a bit crazy and is perfectly explanated there.
Abe Lincoln deserves his street in Jerusalem.

Tom said...

Excellent post Dina
I am sure our blog friend Abe will get a buzz from this...

Thank you for your kind comments concerning my grandsons Christening.

Abe Lincoln said...

Thanks a bunch for visiting my Pick a Peck of Pixels and for the comment.

Sometimes I don't know what to post each day but it is usually something that I just took a picture of that caught my eye. This post was of something that I used to spend lots of time on. Learning as much as possible about Medieval Manuscript decoration and illumination. I even wrote a book about it and its still in my desk drawer. Even all the illustrations and how to's are done. That is my fault. I am interested in so much and life is so short. I can only allow myself a little time to learn something and then there is something else I need to learn about.

Thanks for the link. I do so much appreciate it.

And, not all monasteries or scriptoriums had readers and some didn't have scribes.

It was only those who were in the business of making duplicates of some document that king or leader didn't mind sharing that the whole outfit was assembled or showed up.

Petrea said...

Abraham Lincoln was a fair man, and worth emulating. After all these years he's still a hero, and we still study him and write about him. Thank you, Dina.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Actually I thought it was Martin Luther King day. Now those two names meeting would make some sense

nice work on a bit of info I'd never come across (and I'm game show good when it comes to the arcane) except with holidays

Jilly said...

Well, isn't that just fascinating. Glad you discovered the reason.

Suzanne said...

Thanks Dina, I always thought that was a little odd...Abraham Lincoln Street.

FA said...

Great post for Pres. day. Good 'ole honest Abe was a great man. Thanks for sharing another great piece of history that should not be lost.

Dick said...

Haha, I suppose Abe likes it very much.