Saturday, March 27, 2010

Something cute I saw in the local paper yesterday

ועדת השמות העירונית דנה השבוע בבקשה חריגה לאחר שדיירי בניין מספר 9 ברחוב אב בשכונת הכרמים פנו אליהם בבקשה להחליף את שם הרחוב. לדבריהם הקונוטציה השלילית הנובעת מהקישור בין מספר הבניין לשם הרחוב פוגעת בהם. בוועדת השמות הוחלט ללכת לקראת התושבים ולהמליץ על שינוי השם לרחוב ט"ו באב.

The Modi'in Name Committee discussed an unusual request this week after the inhabitants of building # 9 at Av Street in the Carmim neighborhood asked them to change the name of their street. According to the inhabitants, the negative connotation between the number of the building and the name of the street is troublesome to them. It was decided by the committee to honor their request and to recommend changing the name of the street to "Tu B'Av".
(Source, here).

For those of you not understanding this, the residents who live at 9 Av street are uncomfortable with having an address commemorating the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, Tisha (9) B'Av. This is the anniversary of the day the Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple) was destroyed. Their request to change the name of the street was honored and it will be now be called Tu B'Av Street. Tu B'Av is the 15th day of the month of Av on the Jewish Calendar, and is a much happier day for us.

Items like that in the paper just tickle me.

Wishing you all a great week.


Mrs. S. said...

LOL! Only in Israel!

Liba said...

That is hilarious!

I can't imagine buying an apartment in the 9th building on Av. That would be really odd.

Minnesota Mamaleh said...

LOVE it! we really thought about street names when moving into our home because it *is* something you see and think about. every. single. day. tu b'av is so totally and completely romantic! good for them! :)

OneTiredEma said...

The funny part to me is that they didn't anticipate this when building on the street and skip #9 altogether--the way they "skip" the 13th floor in buildings in the US.

Glad it all worked out :)