blog | about | contact | origins | help
BLOG

Happy Jerusalem Day!

Share Share
Photo Credit: Sharon Marks Altshul of Real Jerusalem Streets
 
If you look at any newspaper in the world, it certainly seems that there is no country more despised and reviled than Israel. Which is ironic, because this week, Israel is celebrating one of its biggest miracles. This week is the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War of 1967.
 
Not far from my home in Israel is a light rail stop at Ammunition Hill. Most days, it’s just a convenient way to get to and from the center of Jerusalem. But this week, Ammunition Hill has huge significance because of its connection to the Six Day War of 1967.
 
Sadly, I have no personal memory of the Six Day War, which took place 50 years ago this week on the Hebrew calendar. But I know it was miraculous.
 
When the UN voted to partition Palestine on November 29, 1947, parts of the country that had deep significance for the Jewish people were left in Arab hands, including the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, Biblical Judea and Samaria (known today as the West Bank), East Jerusalem, including the Old City of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
 
That means that in the first 19 years of Statehood, the Jewish people did not have access to the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Kotel. The city of Jerusalem was divided, and Jews were forbidden from entering the part controlled by Jordan.
 
The miracle of the Six Day War was that, in six days, Israel regained control over important territories and the city of Jerusalem was reunited. It is this that we celebrate every year on Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day. People who are religiously-oriented will credit the miraculous victory of the Six Day War to God, others to the outstanding work of the Israel Defense Forces.
 
This year is especially significant because it’s the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. There are so many celebratory events going on all over the city, it’s hard to decide which to attend. In Jewish thought, 50 is the Yovel, the Jubilee year, which is associated with freedom.
 
Tonight, my husband and I plan to be in the Biblical heartland, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the return of Biblical Judea and Samaria to the hands of the Jewish people after 2000 years at The Land of Israel Network International Headquarters in Eastern Gush Etzion. The event will be livestreamed on TheLandofIsrael.com.
 
Please watch this 8-minute video to help you better understand the cosmic significance of this week in Israel.
 
 
 
On Jerusalem Day itself, we will be in Jerusalem, watching and celebrating as thousands of young people march through the streets of Jerusalem with music, Israeli flags and the joy of being a free people in our historic homeland.
 
It’s a glorious week to be in Israel!
 
---
 
Have something to add? We'd love to hear from you. Please comment below to share.

Why do Jews pray facing Jerusalem? See answers from Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis here.
 
If you have a question about Jewish values that you would like to ask rabbis from multiple denominations, click here to enter your question. We will ask rabbis on our panel for answers and post them. You can also search our repository of over 700 questions and answers about Jewish values.
 
For more great Jewish content, please subscribe in the right hand column. Once you confirm your subscription, you'll get an email whenever new content is published to the Jewish Values Online blog.
 
 

Share Share

 
 
 
 
 

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Delivered by FeedBurner

Jewish Values Online | email: info@jewishvaluesonline.org

Home | Search For Answers | Ask A Question | About | Contact Us | OriginsUseful Links | Blog | Help | Site Map

Copyright 2014 all rights reserved. Jewish Values Online
 
N O T I C E
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN ANSWERS PROVIDED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL JVO PANEL MEMBERS, AND DO NOT
NECESSARILY REFLECT OR REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE ORTHODOX, CONSERVATIVE OR REFORM MOVEMENTS, RESPECTIVELY.