When you walk along the main commercial street you can hear English, French, Hebrew, Yiddish and even Spanish. Some of the current residents have arrived within recent years and others, the most orthodox and members of a small anti-Zionist group, refuse to speak Hebrew. They don’t recognize the State of Israel and, therefore, they don’t acknowledge its official language. They are not a majority but they do make their mark.
Unlike other neighbourhoods of Jerusalem and Israel, Mea Shearim doesn’t display Israeli flags on windows or doors. The symbol that marks the neighborhood is Judaism, not nationalism. Book stores are fully devoted to religion. Jewish crafts and kosher food are available. Clothing stores offer little variety, most of the clothes are black and look the same.
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