For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
Tonight we start the celebrations of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), the day Jerusalem was liberated in 1967. Many people in the world do not realize the full scope of this day. Indeed hearing “the Temple Mount is in our hands” after 2000 years would be enough for almost any Jew to swoon with joy… that is, any caring Jew.
There was and is so much more. Many forget, it wasn’t just Jerusalem that was liberated, but our entire heartland, the land that is our historical connection to our past as a people in Israel. Cities such as Shechem (Nablus), Shilo, Bet El, Bet Lechem, Hebron, to name a few, not just names, but living present history. It wasn’t just our heart liberated that day, but our entire body and soul also. The nation and people felt whole again after so many years. Jews all over the world as one nation stood tall and glowed, what else could they do, we were once again a true sovereign nation reconnecting with thousands of years of our history.
Despite that we celebrate this miracle, this victory today, we must remember that the battle is not over… in fact it is just heating up.
In 1967 we fought the Arab nations surrounding us (and their sponsors), today it is much more complex, it seems most of the world has put our heartland in their sights, even many of our own. The challenge standing before us is great, it is demanding, and it must be met, now.
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"