Travelling to Israel during a Pandemic - in the 19th c.
One of greatest Jews of the 19th c. was Moses Montefiore - not to mention his equally fantastic wife Judith. He lived to be 100 years old and made 7 trips to the Holy Land to help impoverished and persecuted Jews living there (and elsewhere as well). There are 5 neighborhoods in Jerusalem named after him and he is most famous for building the first neighborhood outside the city walls (where as a tour guide of Israel, I probably introduced you to him). To this day, his seat in the famous Bevis Marks synagogue in London is reserved for him and the day of his death was a day of mourning across the Jewish world.
And now we have the story of some of their incredible travels to the Land of Israel at a time filled with plague, intrigue, quarantine, danger (pirates!!) and more. They let nothing stop them from achieving their goals of visiting and of course of helping those in need.
Check out the story of their journeys here: https://www.timesofisrael.com/montefiores-risked-cholera-quarantine-for-19th-century-holy-land-jews/
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