Jerusalem Day – Cup half full or half empty?

This Sunday is Jerusalem Day which commemorates the day where the Temple Mount was recaptured in 1967. The Temple Mount is the place where the 2 Temples stood and we were Jews direct our prayers too and pray 3 times a day for The Temple to rebuilt which will lead to prosperity and peace for the entire World.

This is my first Jerusalem day since moving to Jerusalem. God has given each us all a gift and opportunity to live in the vibrant City of Jerusalem in our own Jewish State. This was something not thinkable for the last 2000 years.

Our dreams have come true.

To my fellow Jews including those who still dream, we have the chance to live our dreams.

I urge you think deeply about this. Yes, the cup is not yet full, but it us more than half full.

We need you. Jerusalem needs you. We need you to remember our history and connection to Jerusalem. Remember that we pray 3 times to restore our Temple. Are these just empty words?

This year, America recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I first thought, what is the big deal. Is it not obvious that Jerusalem is our Capital. Apparently, it was not so obvious to the rest of the world.

So, despite not a having a full cup, I will not let the doubts this modern day Amalekites try to put in our minds about Jerusalem and Israel, I will this Jerusalem Day celebrate with happiness, song and praise to Hashem.

But wait, there are more reasons to celebrate. Today, after 1967, we have freedom of Religion in Jerusalem, For 2000 years, this was not possible as Romans, the Byzantines, the Christians and Moslems banned the worship of any other faith. Lest, we forget recent history how the Jordanians who illegally occupied Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967, not only destroyed Jewish place of worship but denied Jews access to the old City, Today, under Israeli Sovereignty, all people of all faiths are free to pray in Jerusalem.

We also need to remember what it was like in 1967 before the unification of Jerusalem . Even though we the had the State of Israel, the joy was far from complete. The six day war marked with the rejuvenation of Judaism. We once a became proud people.

For  further inspiration, I re-read the book “The Soul of Jerusalem” which is  based on Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s wisdom and inspiration. In this remarkable volume, we are taken to the Holy Wall. In this life-changing work, we will hear the singing of the Levites, feel the crying of exile, and be inspired by the trumpet of the Great Day to come.

I will share one story.

What are you willing to wait for?

I’m not going to sit and wait for a bagel for two hours. It’s not worth it. Why? Because life is more important.

How long will you sit and wait for a friend? You’ll sit as long as they are important to you. Some friends are “two-hours” important to you, others are “three-hours.” Another is even “five-hours” important. But I’m not going to sit for three days.

Can you imagine waiting for somebody 2,000 years?

We’ve been waiting for Yerushalayim for 2,000 years.

We’ve been thinking about Yerushalayim for 2,000 years.

The truth is that I’m always thinking about Yerushalayim. It is the one place I never stop thinking about. You can talk to me about anything in the world, but deep, deep inside, I don’t stop thinking about the 6 million. I can’t.

How can you forget them for one second?

How can you forget Yerushalayim for one second?

There is a little land. In that little land, there is a little city. In that city, there is a little street, and on that street, there is a little wall. When you stand by that Holy Wall, you can hear the footsteps of our father Abraham, and you can hear the trumpet of the Great Day to come. You hear the past and you can hear the future. You can hear the singing of the Levites. Or, you can hear us crying, going into exile. You can hear the six million crying out of the gas chambers, and you can hear the trumpet of the Great Day to come. I was standing one early morning by the Holy Wall, and I was saying Kaddish for my father. But when you stand by that Holy Wall, you say Kaddish for the whole world. Sometimes you feel like saying Kaddish for your own soul, and sometimes you feel like saying Kaddish for tomorrow. Then you hear the words Yisgadal V’yiskadash Shmei Raba, May G-d s Name become great and sanctified, and you remember there is one G-d, and you know that the Great Morning is coming. You know that day and night will get together. The living and the dead, we and the whole world. This is my song, the song of tears, because on that Great Day the tears will march through the world, and the whole world will join them. The tears will clear the world and prepare the world. Everything will come together. We will all come together. It will be a new morning – a new beginning.

My prayer and hope is just like we see a flourishing Jerusalem today , is that Peace and Unity will shine from Jerusalem.

 

For more inspiration : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmgK5B2Ib2Y&list=PLnuftEmfAbZwD6F4KLt8Jmggodf9xQpJu

 

 

 

About the Author
Jeffrey is a Blogger, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist (we can only dream) living in Jerusalem. He has five kids and three grandchildren. He is looking to spread the message of Ahavat Yisrael and Jewish Unity through the music and teachings of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and connecting our lost Jewish brothers and sisters to Israel. God and themselves.
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