Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) 27th of Iyyar, 5777

"O you who bring good tidings to Zion,
get up to the high mountain.
O you who bring good tidings to Jerusalem,
lift up your voice with strength,
lift it up, be not afraid;
Say to the cities of Judah,
Behold your God!"
Isaiah 40:9

The Western Wall on the Temple Mount

This year is the 50th anniversary of the
reunification of the city of Jerusalem, Israel.
On June 6-7 1967 Israeli soldiers captured
the Old City of Jerusalem during the
Six Day War.  

For the first time in thousands of years,
the Jewish people were once again in
control of their nation's capitol.

The following year, on 
May 12, 1968 the Israeli government
proclaimed a new holiday,
Jerusalem Day, which celebrates
this momentous event in history.

"The Wall was before us.
I trembled. There it was as I had known it-
immense, mighty, in all its splendor...
Overcome, I bowed my head in silence."

-General Uzi Narkiss
Head of Central Command during
the Six Day War.

An emotional moment captured on the faces of paratroopers of the Israeli Defense
Forces during their advance toward the Temple Mount and the Western Wall in
the reunification of the city of Jerusalem.
June 7, 1967

Had not the Lord been Israel’s help
When angry foes assailed,
Had not the Lord been on our side,
Our righteous cause had failed.

Without His help the waters proud
Had overwhelmed our soul,
But, praised be God, the waves of wrath
Are under His control.

We are escaped, as from the snare,
A bird in safety flies;
The snare is broken and our souls
In liberty arise.

Our help is in the glorious name,
The name of matchless worth,
Of Him to whom all power belongs,
The Lord of Heaven and earth.

"Had Not The Lord Been Israel's Help"
Words from The Psalter
United Presbyterian Board of Publications
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Young Israelis participate in a Flag March through
the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day 2015

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!"
Psalm 122:6

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