“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!
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