The Unexpected History Behind Jerusalem’s Street Names

The Fellowship  |  January 14, 2022

snow on streets of Jerusalem
(Photo: Eli Mandelbaum)

The street names in Jerusalem celebrate its rich biblical history and honor the influential people who took part in local and Jewish history.

Israel21c tells us more about the history behind Queen Shlomzion Street:

This street is named to honor the memory of the Judean queen who ruled from 76-67 BCE. Queen Shlomzion (Salome Alexandra) was one of only two women to lead the ancient empire and sought to make peace while in power.

She settled the disputes between the Pharisees and Sadducees that permeated her kingdom during her husband Alexander Jannaeus’s rule. Her successes in strengthening the borders and towns of Judea resulted in her title of Shlomzion, which translates to “peace of Zion.” It was often said that during her rule, rain only fell over Judea on Shabbat, so as not to disturb the residents’ work during the rest of the week.

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