The City and the Symbol
Whereas Yom HaAtzmaut is a national holiday in Israel,
unfortunately, Yom Yerushalayim is not. Unfortunately, because Yom
Yerushalayim is not just for Jerusalem; it is for the miraculous
victories of the Six Day War and that makes it not only a national
holiday, but a Jewish holiday for Jews all over the world.
Reunification of Jerusalem was one of the many results of the '67
war. And even the city's reunification is important for more than
just its residents. The dismantling of the Mandelbaum Gate and the
walls and barbed wire that tore through the heart of this city did
not just allow us to put the pieces of Jerusalem back together, but
other places in Eretz Yisrael, as well. And what is so for geography
is more so for the Jewish People. The restoration of parts of Eretz
Yisrael into the hands of Jews did wonders towards healing the
wounds and scars of a very long exile.
Are we there yet? Of course not. We in
Jerusalem say L'SHANA HABA'A BIRU- SHALAYIM HAB'NUYA as fervently
(if not more so) as Jews anywhere in the world. At the same time as
we some- times feel "You've come a long way", we are also well-aware
of how far we still have to go.
Rebuilding Jerusalem means rebuilding
Israel. Rebuilding Israel means rebuilding the Jewish People.
Rebuilding means restoring Torah and its way of life to the people
and to the country and to the cities and towns. Our part in the
process of rebuilding Jerusalem includes improving ourselves as
people and as Jews, encouraging and helping that same improvement
process for our fellows in a pleasant way that will show others that
a Torah way of life is something desirable and beneficial to each
and every Jew in the world.
These are some of the ideas that are
reflected in our observance of Yom Yerushalayim and our appreciation
to G-d for the miracles of '67. May He and we build upon them AD
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