Yom Yerushalayim: Celebration of an Israeli Miracle

A Yom Yerushalayim Lecture by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik ...
Yom Yerushalayim celebration

Though this would be the typical scene at the Western Wall on Yom Yerushalayim, it may be a little less crowded this year.

If you haven’t noticed, springtime is filled with various “Yom” holidays in Israel. For example, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Independence Day) have all occurred in the past month or so. Israelis take their civil holidays seriously, and are considerably more contemplative of them than we are here in America. Those are far more than days off work for Israelis.

There are several reasons for that. First, Israel is still a young country, so the “freshness” of each of those commemorations is still in the minds of those who actually lived through the hardships being commemorated. Secondly, Israel’s history (ancient and modern) is packed with miracle-after-miracle-after-miracle. The Jewish homeland would not exist, except God was on her side! Here is how the psalmist puts it:

124 “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side,”
Let Israel now say,
“Had it not been the Lord who was on our side
When men rose up against us,
Then they would have swallowed us alive,
When their anger was kindled against us;
Then the waters would have engulfed us,
The stream would have swept over our soul;
Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul.”
Blessed be the Lord,
Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth.
Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper;
The snare is broken and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

~Psalm 124

That was never more true than in June of 1967 when, against all odds, Israel defeated enemies on every side and re-captured the Old City, including Temple Mount, from the hands of the Jordanians! It is the remarkable Six Day War that is commemorated on Yom Yerushalayim, which begins at sundown today. Yes, I realize it is only May. But remember, Jewish holidays are based not on our Gregorian calendar, but on the Hebrew (lunar) one!

To learn more about why military experts cannot explain the miracles of the Six Day War, click here. Also, for those who like to dig into Israel’s war history, I posted a day-by-day commentary of the events and miracles of the Six Day War, including short videos. Here are those links:

Happy Jerusalem Day…and praise God for His mighty hand of protection upon the people and the land of Israel!

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