UPDATES 7 pm Israel time Wednesday:
*Four mortars fired from Syria exploded near an IDF position on the Golan Heights this afternoon.
*In a rare move this afternoon, the Jerusalem Police “detained” their friend Jerusalem Mufti Mohammed Hussein for “incitement” after Muslim worshipers threw rocks and chairs at tourists visiting the Temple Mount yesterday. Several hours later, unsurprisingly, he was released, but not until the Jordanian Parliament voted to demand the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to Jordan and the abrogation of the Israeli-Jordanian Peace Treaty.
*There has been much buzz in the international media about a report in the British Guardian newspaper about renowned physicist Stephen Hawking deciding to boycott a conference in Jerusalem. By this afternoon, however, a spokesman at Cambridge University said that Hawking’s decision was based strictly on his declining health: “For health reasons, his doctors said he should not be flying at the moment so he’s decided not to attend.”
It is day of celebration in Israel!
Today is Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, a day that marks the modern miracle of the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem on June 7, 1967 (Iyar 28, 5727). Lest we forget, this liberation ended the Jordanian and Palestinian ethnic cleansing of Jews from the Old City which had taken place in 1948.
Today’s blog is simply devoted to a few of your humble servant’s favorite pictures of Jerusalem Day.
The first picture is one taken of famed Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook on the first Jerusalem Day. Kook was the head of Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav in Jerusalem. Just a few weeks earlier, on Israeli Independence Day 1967, Rabbi Kook cried out in a fiery and prophetic speech to his students:
“Where is our Hevron? Have we forgotten it? And where is our Shechem? Have we forgotten it? And where is our Jericho? Have we forgotten it?! … And where is all the rest of the Land of Israel? Where are all the pieces of G-d’s Land? Do we have the right to give up even one millimeter? Heaven forbid!”
Within hours of the Old City’s liberation, Rabbi Kook was driven to the Kotel:
The following iconic picture is one that the world knows, but is still one my favorites. It is of a simple photograph of three paratroopers as they reached the Kotel:
The next two pictures are from 1968:
Part of the same parade:
Some scenes from more recent Jerusalem Days:
Another photo from more recent years:
One last picture:
Wherever you are in the world today, say a prayer for Israel’s eternal capital for the last 3000 years. Pray that it remains undivided. But also celebrate by finding something that you can do to support Jerusalem!
A daily feature of this blog is the recognition of those of you who support Israel by donating to this website. Each month, your humble servant (or his son) places each name on this wall of support into the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
To have your own Israeli flag, simply follow two steps:
Step 2: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
What you want on your flag: