107 Rechov Yaffo
A rebbi in the Etz Chaim cheder that used to be next door told his class of cheder yingelach that when the
lions at the police station on Rechov Yaffo near their cheder would hear music, they would get up and dance.
84 Rechov Yaffo
In 1935 the dairy moved to Geula and in 1964 it moved to Romema, then an isolated factory zone. The
Jerusalem zoo was its neighbor. Today, the dairy is in Kiryat Malachi and other large plants throughout Israel.
86 Rechov Yaffo
For many years, the building was the laboratory of the District Health Office. This laboratory was run by Professor Werner Zilberstein, a German Jewish physician. Today, this beautiful, old Arab mansion embellished with stone carvings houses the District Health Office itself.
92 Rechov Yaffo
The huge, 5-meter- (16-ft-) diameter aerial sundial at No. 92 Rechov Yaffo was designed by Reb Moshe
Shapiro, a Meah She’arim watchmaker and self-taught astronomer. By studying the pertinent writings of the
Rambam and the Vilna Gaon, he taught himself the art of sundial-making, which was of crucial use to ascertain, among other things, (1) the exact time of sunrise in order to know when to begin Shacharis kevasikin, (2) the exact time of sunset to calculate when to complete Minchah, and (3) the time for lighting Shabbos candles.
An earthquake in 1927 caused the collapse of the fifth-floor gallery. In 1941 a fire, ignited by an electrical
short circuit, destroyed the gallery, sundial and clocks, and damaged the rest of the building.. The sundial and the façade of the building were restored and reconstructed by the Jerusalem Municipality in 1980. The Zoharei Chamah shul now has minyanim one after another, on the first and second floors. There is a “Shabbos siren” on the building’s roof that alerts people to the time of licht bentching. The sundial is still accurate to within 15 minutes.
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