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Jerusalem’s Paratrooper Heroes, Up Close and Personal

May 22, 2017, by

Let’s Open Our Sefarim This Yom Yerushalayim On May 16 and 17, 2017, Shlomo Horwitz of Jewish Crossroads conducted interviews with two heroic paratroopers involved in liberating the Kotel on Yom Yerushalayim. These modest and gentle men, now in their 70s, share their valuable insights. Translated from the original Hebrew by Shlomo Horwitz. Remarks from Moshe

Open Your Sefarim This Yom Yerushalayim

May 8, 2017, by

Let’s learn Torah together in honor of this momentous Yom Yerushalayim. Join over 300 synagogues, schools and organizations nationwide participating in the OU’s Yom Yerushalayim Video Learning Event — check out the full program at ou.org/yy For those of us old enough, it is difficult to fathom that fifty years have passed since the crackling sound of

If I Forget You, Yerushalayim

May 8, 2017, by

I am jealous of my son. He is going on a field trip to the Old City of Yerushalayim tomorrow. As much as I would love to go with him, I was surprised to learn that not all of the mothers of his classmates feel the same way. About a year ago, when all of

A Letter to the World

May 16, 2012, by

Forgetting Jerusalem does not mean forgetting to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim. Remembering Jerusalem means always being aware.

Capturing the Wall: The Story of Shavuot 1967

June 4, 2008, by

A brilliant flash shattered the darkness. The lonely climber saw in that blink of an eye that he was almost at the top of the peak, and around him a gorgeous valley spread with lakes reflecting the awesome mountain. And then it was dark again. Life flashes with those moments where everything is clear. So

…in our hands

May 29, 2008, by

Every year I hold a private celebration of the reunification of Jerusalem. It is a treasured ritual whereby I lock the door to my office, turn off the lights, place a box of tissues within easy reach and listen to the entire crackly radio broadcast of journalist Yossi Ronen accompanying the IDF paratroops as they

Yom Yerushalayim: For Thee, I Cry

May 29, 2008, by

I am sure psychologists call is some fancy term, but permit me my own: Delayed Cry Reaction (DCR) Moshe’le (age 4) and Rochel (age 3) are playing in the park. Moshe falls off the slide and scrapes himself. It hurts – really. Mommy couldn’t see the fall; she is schmoozing by the benches at the

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai: Distance

May 9, 2007, by

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai Part One: The Tochacha, 3 Avot, and Eretz Yisrael Parshat Bechukotai contains the tochacha – the stern warning of Hashem to the Children of Israel, what would happen if we do not uphold the covenant by which Hashem relegated us to the status of His Chosen People. The tochacha is presented as a

Yom Yerushalayim

May 9, 2007, by

Yom Yerushalayim 5767 Let’s take a walk down “what-could-have-been” land, and return to the time of the Six Day War. It was again the three week period between when Gamal Nassar, President of Egypt, rolled his troops into the Sinai and the preemptive strike made by Israel on the 26th of Iyar 5727 (June 5th

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