Remembering Pauline Rose, Lady of Mount Zion

Pauline Rose (1898-1973) was called the “Lady of Mount Zion.” She could also be considered the first lady of twentieth-century Messianic Judaism. She was a pioneer of the Messianic Jewish movement in Israel and abroad, starting the first Messianic Jewish congregation in Jerusalem in the modern era.

Vine of David recently republished Pauline Rose’s books, The Siege of Jerusalem and Window on Mount Zion, in which she narrates her experiences in the War for Independence and the Six-Day War. Pauline Rose passed into the world of truth on September 20, 1973 (Elul 23), two weeks and a few days before the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War in Israel.

In anticipation of republishing her books, I went on a quest to find her resting place. This summer, that quest led me, along with a few of my family members and some friends from America, to her gravesite in a large Jerusalem cemetery. Her grave was unkept. We were the first people in many, many, years to visit. We were blessed with the mitzvah of cleaning and scrubbing the headstone. It was a special moment. We lit a candle and left red roses on her grave. With reverence, we placed stones upon her grave as a token of our visit.

We found Pauline Rose's grave in Jerusalem (First Fruits of Zion)
We found Pauline Rose’s grave in Jerusalem (First Fruits of Zion)

In honor of Pauline Rose’s yahrzeit (September 26, 2016), we are pleased to let you hear Pauline Rose’s own voice from as she recounts her experience in the Six Day War in 1968. You can listen to the full recording of the interview with Pauline Rose from the Israel National Library.

You can also purchase her two books, recently published by Vine of David, The Siege of Jerusalem and Window on Mount Zion, at our online Store, and we will give you a free 8 x 10″ art print of Pauline Rose.

This article originally appeared on First Fruits of Zion, September 20, 2016, and reposted with permission.