Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Yom Yerushalaim

Today is the 28 day of Iyar, 5771/ 43 days of Omer (6 weeks, 1 day)

In 1967 Egypt, Syria and Jordan with the help of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Pakistan and Sudan decided to go to war and destroy the State of Israel. Led by Egypt's President Nasser, Egypt mobilized its troops into the Sinai desert, expelled the UN peace keeping forces, and initiated other actions which were considered acts of war. They were so confident on their military superiority that the Arab states celebrated victory and rejoiced in the destruction of the Jewish State, even before they started the war.

On June 5th 1967 Israel launched a preemptive strike and started what is known as the Six Days War. Read about the Six Days War HERE

Against all odds, Israel not only survived the attacks of a more numerous and stronger army--with no American help, by the way--but also conquered the Sinai Peninsula, Judea and Samaria and the Golan heights.

Probably the most important aspect of the Israeli victory was that more than 1900 years after its destruction by the Romans, on the 28th of Iyar 1967 Israel regained control over Yerushalaim.

That was probably the happiest day in the history of the Jewish people, a culmination of our Independence that started in Yom haAtzmaut, 1948.

Many miracles took place in the six days war and very especially in the battles for Yerushalaim. We shouldn't be surprised: The Torah already promised Am Israel that if we follow haShem's will, even if we were outnumbered, God will intervene in our behalf ( Vaikra 26, 7-8) You will pursue your enemies...Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand....

God Almighty encouraged us not to be afraid of a more powerful enemy, because He will be fighting with our troops, protecting us and delivering us from destruction (Debarim 20, 1-4): When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you... haShem your God is He who is going with you, to fight for you with your enemies -to save you

All of God's promises were fulfilled in Yom Yerushalaim!

This is why we celebrate this day with Halel and prayers of gratitude to haShem Almighty.

May haShem Almighty find in us and in our fathers enough merit to deserve His constant Protection against those who relentlessly pursue our destruction.

May we see the Temple of Yerushalaim rebuilt in our days and its inhabitants living in peace.

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Yom Yerushalaim Sameach!!!