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Yom Yerushalayim: Celebrating the Holy City

“Jerusalem of gold, and of bronze and of light – Behold I am a harp for all your songs” – Naomi Shemer

This year, June 1st is celebrated as Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day. It commemorates the liberation of the city of Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967, which put the city back in Jewish hands after 2300 years.

Lev LaLev Orphans visited the Kotel in February

As we mentioned in our last blog post: “The Importance of a Wall”, U.S. President Barack Obama recently urged that peace negotiations for a Palestinian state be based on the pre-1967 borders.

Starting tonight however, Yom Yerushalayim will be celebrated and is considered a public holiday in Israel. Throughout the world, street parades, parties, singing and dancing; special meals; and lectures on the history and future of Jerusalem will be held. Some people mark the occasion by traveling or even hiking to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, a public reception by the mayor, state ceremonies and memorial services for those who died fighting in the Six Day War will also be observed.

To get in the spirit of the day, we hope you enjoy this inspiring video of Jerusalem, in 1967 and now, courtesy of Aish.com:

If you have had the opportunity to visit Jerusalem and would like to share your experience, please comment below. We’d love to hear your story of what this holy city means to you…

Don’t forget! You can be part of the power of Jerusalem! This Sunday, June 5th, our girls will visit the Kotel, Western Wall, and deliver prayers on your behalf. Submit requests to: http://www.levlalev.com/kotelprayers

2 comments

  1. mimilele

    nice one

  2. Sheena

    I was so nervous to see the Kotel for the first time when I was 16 years old; I felt I wasn’t ready to fully comprehend its magnitude! I solemnly approached the wall trying to take it all in and prepare myself mentally to be where the Holy Temples had once stood, where my ancestors had come to worship, where I faced towards in my daily prayers back in the US.
    I was focusing on making my prayers really count and truly feeling the loss of the destroyed Temple when I tore the t-shirt I was wearing over my clothes, (as is tradition for someone who has not seen the wall before or in a long time) when suddenly my thoughts were burst by an elderly woman asking for charity money, tzedakah.
    I was taken aback at first but of course fumbled to give her the dollar I had, she was annoyed that I had no Israeli currency and gave me the dollar back in a flurry of Hebrew I couldn’t understand, and I was so confused! My focus totally broken I tried to comprehend the meaning behind the interaction, in my young mind I was sure that the message was to live in the here and now, to focus on what exists today! Don’t dwell in the past, just enjoy the beautiful city that is Jerusalem today and do what you can to make it better for the future!
    3 years later, when I came to study in Jerusalem for 2 years, I got to know the city as my modern home and truly enjoyed all the ins and outs of living there…but I still loved the “old” city best of all 🙂

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