Tales of our Homeland #11: Dentures Without Borders

Notes and further reading:

This is a tale favored by tour guides when explaining the difficulty of life in divided Jerusalem, where even a silly mishap could create an international incident. Both Zvi and Mike have often heard the story as one of the nuns losing her dentures, but the original 1956 Life magazine story identified the patient who lost them. We assume that to be the correct version. (and the ads inside are crazy) 

Panel 3: Although Jerusalem is legally united under Israeli law, this line still functions as a marker between neighborhoods. The sides are still called East and West Jerusalem. City Line (Jerusalem) Dayan and El Tell photo Soldiers photo Map of the Line

Panel 4:  Sniper wall Sniper warning More photos   

Panel 5: Google maps link to the hospital. Note proximity to the armistice line and today’s Mamilla mall.

Michael Unterberg (author) and Zvi Ron (artist) have been making comics together since they were classmates in Yeshivah of Flatbush elementary school. They both live in Gush Etzion.

Please do not reuse without permission from the authors. Thank you. 

About the Author
Rabbi Doctor Zvi Ron made Aliyah in 1986, learned in Yeshivat Shaalvim and served as a shooting instructor in the IDF. After receiving Smicha from the Israeli Rabbanut, he and his wife, Sharon, went on Shlichut to Richmond, Virginia where he served as Rabbi of Keneseth Beth Israel Synagogue for 10 years. The Rons moved to Israel in 2004 and live with their four children in Neve Daniel, Gush Etzion. He is the author of two books on Tanach: Sefer Katan V'Gadol and Sefer Ha'Ikar Chaser as well as dozens of articles in numerous publications. He is editor of The Jewish Bible Quarterly and he was a contestant on the game show The Weakest Link.
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