Jerusalem Day (This Week in Jewish History)

Jerusalem Day, 2004 via Wikimedia Commons
Jerusalem Day, 2004 via Wikimedia Commons

Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) celebrates the unification of Jerusalem in the context of the Six-Day War of June 1967.  This dramatic military achievement represented a victory that was both political and symbolic, giving Jews control over the the Old City and the Temple Mount after nearly 2000 years of exile.

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2 thoughts on “Jerusalem Day (This Week in Jewish History)

  1. Thank you for the foto of Yom Yerushalyim ’04. May it live and be well forever! Also two questions, Hillel: 1)Will there be class after May 28? Or is that the last one? 2)Can you, would you please give me a literal & figurative definition of “shaina raina kipura”? (spelling) My mother often said it after a spill or accident or other minor mishap. I thought I knew but now not so sure. Sorry I missed class. I was “too pooped to pop” as I celebrated my 80th birthday the day before. Thank you. Estabell Gettis Date: Fri, 23 May 2014 13:26:58 +0000 To: paperbell2@hotmail.com

    1. Hello Estabell–we plan to start again in the Fall semester, September 2014. Regarding your mother’s phrase, it sounds like “beautiful, pure atonement.” When something untoward happens, like a small accident, there is a custom to say “may it be an atonement,” (Yiddish: “zol zayn a kapore”) meaning, may this small accident atone for my sins rather than a more grievous punishment.

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