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  3/15/2012, Adar 21, 5772

Attempts to Save Rav Kook Building in Tel Aviv


There has been a delay in the execution of an order to demolish a 120-year-old "Sha'arei Torah" complex in the Neve Shalom neighborhood of Tel Aviv where Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook, the first chief rabbi of the modern land of Israel, served during his tenure as the rabbi of Yafo (Jaffa). The order was issued after a wall and a ceiling of the complex collapsed, Wednesday evening.

The city has posted guards at the site and blocked traffic. Because the five-building complex, which includes a synagogue, study hall, workshop and classrooms is designated for preservation, engineers and preservations specialists are examining the best way to proceed while preventing further life-threatening collapse.