Yom Yerushalayim

“Har HaBayit BeYadeinu!” - “The Temple Mount is in our hands!”

Motta Gur’s words (at the :20 mark of this video) are among the most important, impactful, and significant in Israel’s short history, announcing the reunification of Jerusalem after our 2,000-year exile. We celebrate this special milestone today on Yom Yerushalayim.

I am so grateful that I had the opportunity in February, weeks before the world closed due to COVID-19, to spend a beautiful Shabbat over a long weekend in our Holy City with 20 of our community’s teens, giving them a small taste of the beauty of our heritage and inheritance.

A few years ago, I shared some favorite lyrics that perfectly capture my feelings about Jerusalem: "Jerusalem of golden sunlight, the focus of our prayers. To you we bring our hopes and wonder for every tear we share. In raging battle, we defend you; for times of peace, we strive. Inside the walls of your old city, our people come alive." These lyrics start at the 4:02 mark of this video.

I look forward to the end of our current situation, the return to normalcy, the opening of borders, and our next opportunity to visit Jerusalem!


Group of teens and adults in Israel

Group of teens and adults in Israel

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