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 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.
Author Ronald Eisenberg writes this:
"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. "
"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."
So on this, America's special day, I say "Thanks, Abe!"
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.