Thursday, May 17, 2012
JERUSALEM DAY 2012
I first came to Israel when I was 18 years old, a few years after the 1967 6 Day War during which Jerusalem was returned to the Jewish people.
When I arrived Jerusalem was already reunited, we had easy access to the Kotel and it was hard for me to imagine a Jerusalem that was split in two with no access for the Jewish people to their most sacred site.
As with most things which are handed to us on a plate, most of my generation and our children and grandchildren take this for granted.
But on a day like Jerusalem Day, which this year is Sunday May 20th, we watch and listen to stories of that miraculous day, when against all normal odds we captured back the last remnant of our holy Temple built 3000 years ago.
What the Kotel means to everyone
Jerusalem is an intriguing mix of the ancient and holy together with the everyday and modern.
People from all over the world come to place their prayers and wishes between the cracks in the stones of the Kotel. These are all eventually removed and buried.
The alleyways in the Old City
The model of Jerusalem as it was when the Temple stood which is now on the campus of the Israel Museum
The Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls
The new ultra-sleek ultra-modern light rail
The new Mamilla Mall near Jaffa Gate at entrance to the Old City
And on Jerusalem Day in particular we thank G’d for bringing us back home and allowing us to live in HIs holy city
The Chief Chazan (Cantor) of the Israel Defense Forces singing the Prayer for the State of Israel which is recited in most synagogues all over the world every Shabbat.