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.
The Library of Congress is a treasure trove of history. View this massive photo archive of photos of life in Palestine from the beginning of the 1900s. It includes construction of Tel Aviv and Jewish "colonies and settlements" throughout Palestine. The collection contains photos of Turkish soldiers in Jerusalem prior to 1917 (and here), the bloody scenes after Arab pogroms against Jews in 1929, and pictures of Jews praying at the Western Wall almost 100 years ago (and here).
As I skimmed through the pictures, one theme caught my eye -- the expulsion of Jews from Jerusalem. Time and again.
We have all seen the ancient Arch of Titus relief of the Temple vessels carried by Jewish captives in Rome after the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE.
But in the Library of Congress collection, we can also find pictures of Jews being evacuated during Arab riots and pograms in 1929 and 1936, as well. In 1948, Life Magazine's John Phillips photographed the heart-wrenching pictures of Jews of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem captured by Jordanian soldiers or being expelled.
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!"