Shalom from Jerusalem! May has been a good month here in the Land, and this coming month should prove to be exciting with what CFI is doing, as well as events in greater Israel.
This coming weekend is Jerusalem Day, or Yom Yerushalayim. Historically, this day is a recognition of the reunification of Old City Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War, which had been separated by Jordan after the 1948 War of Independence. More importantly, during this war Israeli troops regained for Israel control of the Temple Mount, giving access to for Jewish People to safely pray at the Western Wall—for the first time in nearly 2000 years. For more on Jerusalem Day, click here! For some great photos of the Six Day War, click here. Needless to say, this day is important to Israeli society, and in some quarters is considered even more important than the birth of the State of Israel itself.
Before coming to Israel for the first time in 2006, I had never even heard of Jerusalem Day. But my first experience with it was quite a doozey, since the massive Jerusalem Day parade that winds its way down to the Western Wall came right by the hotel where my friends and I were staying. Here is a clip from that day (Note: the technology is 13 years old, so it is not as sharp at the HD 1080 stuff we’ve grown accustomed to, but it is still worth watching). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFFjVBjAXBg
It is simply just one of those things you have to experience personally to appreciate, and I encourage you to move your own “one-of-these-days trips to Israel” item up higher on your prayer list and see what happens.
Jerusalem Day & Ramadan
One interesting note, for the first time in 30 years, the Temple Mount holy site will be closed to Jewish visitors on Jerusalem Day for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Jerusalem authorities also are concerned since some of the routes taken by the Jewish celebrators go through the Muslim Quarter. So please pray for calm, and that people will behave themselves and that no one will be harmed. https://www.timesofisrael.com/for-first-time-in-decades-temple-mount-to-be-closed-to-jews-on-jerusalem-day/