Jerusalem, Six Day War 1967
Today is Jerusalem Day - the miracle of the reunification of Jerusalem with the State of Israel and the Jewish People, during the Six Day War in 1967. Please note, that while there have been other national reunifications in recent history (Germany, for example) the return of the holy city of Jerusalem to Jewish sovereignty had been but a dream and prayer for 2,000 years. Psalm 137:5 recounts the first time the Nation of Israel was separated from Jerusalem during the Exile in Babylon. "If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I remember thee not; if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy." Here's a beautiful rendition of the verse performed by the Chief Cantor of the IDF. [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjbuwf9wR2A&feature=youtu.be]
And the national anthem of Israel, composed around 1870 in Galicia, Poland speaks of the yearning for Jerusalem, gazing toward Zion (aka Jerusalem). Click here for more info about "Hatikva", the Israeli national anthem. Jerusalem is so instilled in the Jewish soul that being cut off from it when the State of Israel was established in 1948 was often talked of as "a body missing it's heart". Well, it feels great to be whole again!
I was a child of four years old in Toronto when the Six Day War happened, and so I don't remember much of my uncle Ira Teich being away from home, and serving in the Israeli army. But I do have very strong memories of looking deeply and often at a framed black & white photograph in my grandparent's home. Ira is standing in a kibbutz field, young and strong, wearing the uniform of Tza'hal (IDF) and tightly holding an Uzi rifle, in an attack pose. I remember that I felt many emotions looking at this picture, but two strike me as most pertinent today: 1) how proud that my very-own uncle was helping to defend Israel; and 2) I would like to do that one day.
Blessings from Israel.
Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director Operation Lifeshield
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