MembersMoney Talks: The Story of the Gates of Jerusalem as Told on Banknotes

In commemoration of Jerusalem Day a look at how Israel “lifts up her ancient gates” in the currency of our daily lives

By David Lazarus | | Topics: Jerusalem
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks past the Golden Gate, as he circles around all the gates to the Temple Mount while praying in Jerusalem's Old City.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks past the Golden Gate, as he circles around all the gates to the Temple Mount while praying in Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90

Exciting days followed the 1967 Six-Day War when Jerusalem was restored after 2,000 years to Israel. People were dancing in the streets across the nation and with great expectations looked towards Jerusalem’s glorious future.

In those days people understood the prophetic significance of this event, and civic and political institutions decided unanimously to keep a reminder of Jerusalem, the City of the Great King, and the hope of Zion in the hands of every citizen, young and old, Arab and Jew.

The motif of a new series of banknotes would highlight the Gates of Jerusalem, helping ensure that “We shall never forget thee, O Jerusalem.”

On the flip side of the new bank notes, portraits of outstanding Jewish personalities who invested life and limb to rebuilt Jerusalem remind us that we too have something to contribute (in our pockets) to this modern-day miracle.

Gates of Jerusalem

Lions’ Gate was featured on the 5 Lira note, which bears the portrait of Henrietta Szold (1860-1945), who was an American Jewish Zionist leader and founder of Hadassah, the...

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