Jerusalem Day

The Editor's Desk: Remember Jerusalem Day

05/14/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Forty-eight years ago, on the 28th day of Iyar (May 17 this year), Jerusalem was united under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in many centuries. But the national holiday in Israel to mark the historic event – Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day – has lost appeal both here and in Israel, outside of the religious Zionist community.

This Way, Jerusalem

05/21/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The first Yom Yerushalayim was a military victory.

On June 7, 1967 (Iyar 28 on the Hebrew calendar), a Wednesday, Israeli soldiers captured the Old City of Jerusalem, reuniting the capital that had been divided, under Jordanian control since the 1948 War of Independence.

Jerusalem Day was born, observed, by order of the country’s Chief Rabbinate, with prayers of thanks.

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Becoming Builders Of Jerusalem: The Model Just Society

05/21/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

This week I was honored to deliver the Cape Town, South Africa, community-wide keynote address for Yom Yerushalayim. Hundreds gathered together in a powerful celebration of the liberation of Jerusalem 45 years ago (28th of Iyar 1967). I was reminded of the power of Jerusalem to unite the Jewish people.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.

Scattered Clashes As 30,000 Mark Jerusalem Day With Flag Dance

05/20/2012 - 20:00


 At least 30,000 people participated in the Jerusalem Day parade known as the Dance of the Flags, which led to some clashes between marchers and counter-protesters.

The route went in part through eastern Jerusalem before entering the Old City of Jerusalem through the Damascus and Jaffa gates and ending at the Western Wall, where participants sang and danced.

Hundreds of police and security personnel were deployed throughout the city for Sunday's Jerusalem Day festivities.

Jerusalem Day Needs A Miracle

Holiday fading, 45 years after unification.
05/14/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Before there was a Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalyim), there was the day before.

Yehuda Avner, then an aide to Israel’s prime minister, Levi Eshkol, has said, “An Arab sword of Damocles hung over Israel’s neck in June 1967, and so perilous was its blade that foreign capitals spoke chillingly of the country’s imminent slaughter.”

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