Montefiore's Windmill Review
Sir Moses Montefiore had this limestone windmill built in 1857 to provide a source of income for his planned neighborhood of Mishkenot Sha'ananim. In 2012, with Dutch and English expertise, the windmill was restored to working order and will mill wheat again as soon as the interior has been renovated. Montefiore was a prominent figure in the financial circles of mid-19th-century London—a rare phenomenon for a Jew at the time. It didn't harm his fortunes that he married into the legendary Rothschild family, and became the stockbroker of its London branch. The larger-than-life philanthropist—he stood a remarkable 6 feet 3 inches tall—devoted much of his long life, and his wealth, to aiding fellow Jews in distress, wherever they might be. To this end he visited Palestine, as this district of the Ottoman Empire was then known, seven times.
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