Meah She?arim (Hundred Gates, in Hebrew)

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MEAH SHEEARIM (Hundred Gates, in Hebrew)

Name of the main Jewish ultra-Orthodox quarter in Jerusalem, built in the second half of the nineteenth century by Hungarian immigrants. One of Jerusalem's most densely populated neighborhoods, it houses hundreds of yeshivas and synagogues and is known as a center of Orthodox anti-Zionist activity. A majority of its inhabitants devote their time to religious study. Its streets are closed to traffic on the Sabbath.