Happy Jerusalem Day!
Celebrating 53 years since the liberation & reunification of the city of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War!
The 1967 Six-Day War was fought between the 5th and the 10th of June 1967, (the Hebrew month of Iyar 26 to the Hebrew month of Sivan 2) between Israel Defense Forces and the invading armies of Egypt Jordan and Syria. On June 7th (the 28th day of Iyar), Israel's Defense Minister, Moshe Dayan, ordered the Israeli troops not to enter Jerusalem's Old City, which had been occupied by Jordan since Israel's 1948 War of Independence. When hearing that the UN was about to declare a ceasefire, Dayan suddenly changed his mind, and without consulting with the government war cabinet, ordered the Israeli forces to capture and liberate the Old City. Two battalions of paratroopers attacked from the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Old City from the east. One battalion attacked from Mount Scopus, while a fourth battalion made its way to the Old City from the valley between Mount Scopus and the Old City.
The paratrooper battalion led by General Motta Gur was the first to enter Jerusalem's Old City and made its way straight to the Temple Mount. They were met with little resistance from the Jordanian troops and snipers situated in the Old City.
While still perched outside the Old City, as his troops were about to enter, Motta Gur spoke these words into his field telephone: "We’re sitting right now on the ridge and we’re seeing the Old City. Shortly we’re going to go in to the Old City of Jerusalem, that all generations have dreamed about. We will be the first to enter the Old City..." Upon capturing the Temple Mount soon after Gur, spoke these now famous words: "The Temple Mount is in our hands! I repeat, the Temple Mount is in our hands!"
Today we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the day promised by the Hebrew prophets and rhapsodized about by the psalmist:
"A song of ascents of David. I rejoiced when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of HaShem."
Our feet were standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
The built-up Jerusalem is like a city that is united together.
There ascended the tribes, the tribes of G-d, testimony to Israel, to give thanks to the name of HaShem.
For there were set thrones for judgment, thrones for the house of David.
Request the welfare of Jerusalem; may those who love you enjoy tranquility.
May there be peace in your wall, tranquility in your palaces.
For the sake of my brethren and my companions, I shall now speak of peace in you.
For the sake of the house of HaShem our G-d, I shall beg for goodness for you." (Psalms 122)
TEMPLE TALK RADIO: IN THE DESERT: THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL GET READY TO ENTER THE LAND
53 YEARS SINCE THE LIBERATION AND REUNIFICATION OF JERUSALEM!
LONGING TO RETURN TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT
Temple Talk returns to Jerusalem as life in Israel slowly returns to normal. This week we begin reading the book of Numbers, which wastes no time in preparing us for entering the land of Israel. The desert encampment takes shape around the beating heart of the Tabernacle, and the original IDF is born! Speaking of the IDF, this Thursday evening-Friday is Jerusalem Day, marking 53 years since the liberation of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War, the month of Iyar's last hurrah before passing the baton to the new month of Sivan this Saturday evening!
WEEKLY TORAH STUDY: BAMIDBAR
Parashat Bamidbar begins the story of Israel's journey from Mount Sinai to the land of Israel. It also begins the journey of the Ark of the Covenant from its place in the Holy of Holies in the desert Tabernacle, at the center of the Israelite encampment, surrounded by the Levitical encampment, to its ultimate destination in the Holy Temple built by King Solomon in Jerusalem, whose modern day liberation and reunification we are celebrating this Friday - Jerusalem Day! The holiness of place, a concept very foreign to the modern mind, is at the heart of the Jewish experience.
Due to the current imperative of social distancing, this teaching was delivered and recorded via Zoom.
Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 - 27:34)
Parashat Bamidbar is read on Shabbat:
Iyar 29, 5780/May 23, 2020