Grazing in the holy land

In Jerusalem you can stand in a nature reserve at the heart of the city, and watch gazelles – the Holy Land’s symbol in the books of the prophets – grazing under towers that carry the Holy Land’s name.

Once upon a time, before the Holyland Towers were even an idea, a model of ancient Jerusalem stood where they stand now. That model of antiquity was sacrificed to make room for modernity, and modernity was ushered in through hidden deals and hefty bribes.

The Holyland Towers toppled a government, and banished Prime Minister Olmert from his office (and all the way to jail). But they stand still, stark and proud against Jerusalem’s skyline, a silent testimony to what money can achieve. Below them, the green meadow tells a different story. There, local activists fought against developers – and won. And in the span of nature they secured for us, the ancient symbols of this land can graze in peace.

Rachel Sharansky Danziger

Posted by Rachel Sharansky Danziger

Rachel Sharansky Danziger is a life-long Jerusalemite who's in love with her city's vibrant human scene. She blogs about life in Israel, Judaism, and parenting for The Times of Israel, Sifriyat Pijama, and Kveller, and you can follow her adventures on Facebook and via her personal blog.

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