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Yom Yerushalayim

OP-ED: Yom Yerushalayim and Mother’s Day

The very first Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) was declared in Israel on the 12th of May, 1968. That was the date that coincided with the 28th of Iyar, the one-year anniversary when Israeli troops liberated East Jerusalem and reunited the city for the first time since 1948.

It was also an important cultural date in the United States and elsewhere around the world. It was Mother’s Day.

A divided Jerusalem...

King David & Jerusalem

Jerusalem Day

Say Little, Do Much: Jerusalem


The Rabbis (Sanhedrin 37A) describe Jerusalem as tiburo shel olam — “the navel, the belly-button of the world!” Let’s contemplate this curious metaphor. The ancients not implausibly considered the Land of Israel (Jerusalem at its heart) as the center of the known world: the crossroads of Africa, Asia, and Europe.   “Jerusalem as Navel” further bespeaks the Holy City’s role as a link to our foremothers...

Survey confirms religious right observes Yom Yerushalayim more than secular left

JERUSALEM — Nearly three of every four Israeli Jews say Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day, is “just a regular day,” according to data collected from a survey by the Jewish People Policy Institute’s (JPPI) Israeli-Judaism research project.   The findings of the survey suggest those that it is within the religious sectors (which constitute three groups identified in the survey as liberal-religious, national-religious and zionist-Haredi) where the holiday is...

Person in the Parsha: Yom Yerushalayim



Historians have long distinguished between two types of great leaders. On the one hand, there are those who are gifted with mighty talents and unusually powerful personalities. But they are essentially inward people who are not particularly gregarious and whose greatness often sets them at a distance from their followers. On the other hand, there are those...

Israeli paratroopers re-create iconic photo on 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War


JERUSALEM (JTA) – David Rubinger’s iconic photograph of three paratroopers at the Western Wall is the defining image of the 1967 Six-Day War.

The men in the photo — Dr. Yitzhak Yifat, Tzion Karasenti and Chaim Oshri — have proudly served as symbols of the historic Israeli victory for the past five decades. But in an interview with JTA, they said the war for them was just as...