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Sign: Safed - Local Stories - Simtat HaMashiach

HaAri St 46, Safed, Israel
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On the sign:
סיפורי מקום

סמטת המשיח
סמטת מדרגות תלולה, הצרה שבסמטאות צפת, שנודעה בעיר בזכות "סבתא יוכבד". יוכבד רוזנטל שגרה במורד המדרגות, נהגה לשבת בפתח הסמטה ולהמתין למשיח.

הישישה שנותרה לבד בביתה והאריכה ימים, האמינה שהמשיח יעבור בצפת בדרכו לירושלים, ובוודאי יכנס לעיר דרך הסמטה שלה. עד היום קבועים בשני קירות הסמטה מעקות צינור דקים שעיריית צפת העברית קבעה למענה.

"Simtat HaMashiach"
(The Messiah’s Alley)
A steep alley with stairs, the narrowest of all Safed’s alleys, that has become famous in the city thanks to Yocheved Rosenthal, whose house stood at the bottom of the stairs. "Grandma Yocheved", as she was known to all, used to sit at the entrance to the alley in anticipation of the Messiah’s arrival.

The old lady, who outlived her.entire family, believed that the Messiah would pass through Safed on his way to Jerusalem, and would surely enter the city via her alley. The thin metàl pipes that the Jewish Municipality of Safed installed for her as hand-rails can still be seen on either side of the alley.
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