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A Window Into Old Jerusalem: Observations about Jerusalem and the Holy Land 1820-1920

by Shelomo Alfassa

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Have you ever wanted to know what life was like for the Jewish people in Jerusalem and the Holy Land long before Israel became a State?

Well known international Sephardic advocate, Shelomo Alfassa, provides such information in his new compilation of  a collection of short tales and first hand observations about Jewish life in Ottoman Jerusalem and the Holy Land, by travelers that visited during a critical period of transition. A Window Into Old Jerusalem will provide the reader with a ‘look’ back, to see what life was like for those living in and around the city that sits at the center of the world. The accounts provided in A Window Into Old Jerusalem have been selected from various sources including visitors that passed through Jerusalem and its environs in a period when the Holy Land was transitioning from a Turkish possession undergoing changes instituted by the Ottomans through their late 19th century reforms, which strived to modernize the Sultan’s Empire.

ISBN 9780976322658 
Copyright Shelomo Alfassa (Standard Copyright License) Publisher ISLC
Published December 1, 2007 Language English

Pages 379
BindingHardcover (casewrap)
Interior Ink Black & white
Weight 1.28 lbs. 
Dimensions (inches) 6 wide x 9 tall

A Selection of First Hand Accounts
of 19th Century Jerusalem
Prepared by Shelomo Alfassa for
Yeshiva University Museum
for use during their photo exhibition:
‘Picturing Jerusalem’

“This is one of the most readable histories of 100 important years of Jerusalem’s Old City. Its uniqueness lies in its varied and wide source material. This is essential reading for all lovers of the City of Jerusalem. Mr. Shelomo Alfassa deserves our thanks and congratulations.”


-- Mina Fenton, Jerusalem Municipal Councilor

“This is an important book about a period of time in our history that few speak about. I highly recommend opening this window and looking into what happened in our holy city during these very crucial 100 years.”

--Moshe Feiglin, president of Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) and candidate for chairman of Israel’s Likud party

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