At the end of November, 2011, we moved into our new offices at 6 Beit Hillel Street in Tel Aviv. We have more than twice the space we had at our old address – and free parking for our clients.
Beit Hillel is a quiet street in the Montefiore Quarter of Tel Aviv. The neighborhood (not to be confused with Montefiore Street in the financial district) is one of the oldest in Tel Aviv. It was built on the site of a large orchard purchased in the 19th Century by the philanthropist Moses Montefiore. Although only five minutes’ walk from the Azrieli Towers and Hashalom train station, and bordered on all sides by major roads, the neighborhood itself is an island of urban calm. The buildings are mostly three or four stories, with a mixture of offices, residences, shops and restaurants.
Our street is named for the school of Hillel the Elder, who was a leading scholar in Israel in the First Century. Hillel’s great opponent, Shamai, had a school of his own (and now a street – Beit Shamai – which aptly crosses Beit Hillel Street). Hillel and Shamai took opposing views on many issues of law. Shamai generally took a strict, traditionalist position, whereas Hillel was known for his open-minded, tolerant and universalistic legal approach. His most famous saying was his response to a convert who asked to learn the entire Torah while standing on one leg: “Do not do unto others that which is repugnant to you – That is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary. Now go learn.”
We will shortly be starting work on a roof garden, with plans to complete it before the summer. Please come visit.