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My Celebration of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) 5775

May 18, 2015
Jerusalem

Jerusalem has been fought over for the last 3,000 years. Every few hundred years some other group comes along and raises their flag and makes their architectural mark. Then some other group comes along and takes it away. Over the last 3,000 years this city has been ruled by Judeans, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Hasmoneans,...
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A Prayer for Yom Yerushalayim

May 8, 2013
A Prayer for Yom Yerushalayim

Today, the 28th of Iyar on the Hebrew calendar, is the day we commemorate the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967. Jerusalem today is a city physically united and spiritually divided. The Haredi want to impose their views of Torah on everyone else – no women praying in prayer shawls...
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Yom Yerushalayim 5772

May 21, 2012
Yom Yerushalayim 5772

Yom Yerushalayim – “Jerusalem Day,” the day we celebrate the “liberation” and “reunification” of Jerusalem in 1967, is rapidly becoming one of my least favorite holidays. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad we won the war in ’67. I’m glad I can walk around the Old City, I’m glad Jews once again live in...
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Yom Yerushalayim 5771

May 30, 2011
Yom Yerushalayim 5771

  Tuesday night, May 31, the 28th of Iyar on the Jewish calendar, we mark Yom Yerushalayim, “Jerusalem Day,” the day (on the Jewish calendar) when Jerusalem was reunited in 1967. Last year I wrote about some of the ambivalence I feel for this holiday.  I wrote: On the one hand, ‘when I watch...
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Yom Yerushalayim

May 11, 2010
Yom Yerushalayim

Today is "Yom Yerushalayim," Jerusalem Day. The day when we celebrate the reunification of Jerusalem (according to the Hebrew calendar) in 1967. I have to admit, I feel deeply ambivalent about this day.  On the one hand, 'when I watch the news clips from that June day in 1967 — which you can see...
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