For the past five months, the residence of the chief rabbi of the British Mandate for Palestine, Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Kook, located on Rav Kook Street in central Yerushalayim and considered a historical landmark, was in danger after parts of the structure were found to be in dire need of repairs. However, last Thursday, a legal solution was found to allow the necessary work on the historic building.
Following the resolution of the legal barriers to renovating the structure, the Jerusalem Ministry of Heritage is expected to allocate money to the restoration and preservation of the building’s balconies, including the entrance staircase. The estimated cost is said to be NIS 450,000 (about $123,700 USD), thus preventing the site’s closure.
The Minister of Jerusalem Affairs MK Zev Elkin said, “Rabbi Kook’s house is a structure of historic importance, not only for religious Zionism, but for the entire State of Israel. Rabbi Kook made a significant contribution to the establishment of the state and the settlement of the land. Therefore, as soon as we heard that he Jerusalem municipality had to issue a demolition order on the building’s balconies, we worked to find a solution to save the place. I am happy that a solution was found, and the Rabbi’s house will be able to continue its activities.”
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