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Thursday, May 21, 2009

In honor of Yom Yerushalayim

I have a new post up over at the OU site in honor of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Reunification Day) entitled 'Forgetting Jerusalem'. 

Feel free to go have a look.

As for me... you know what I'll be doing to mark the day, right?

Posted by David Bogner on May 21, 2009 | Permalink

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I actually got to your blog via the link in the OU website. I have visited Israel more than a dozen times over the last 15 years and always try to go to the Kotel
(on weekdays) for the Vasikin Minyan. While the special feeling of Yerushalayim may have worn off for you, as is natural, I am always amazed when I go to the Kotel, that over the many years I always see many of the same people. People who get up way before the crack of dawn to daven at the Kotel. On one of my visits to Israel I went to Museum ait Turgeman which , in essence, celebrates Yom Yerushalayim every day of the year. As I was viewing a picture on display of people making the very first pilgrimage to the Kotel right after the 6 day war, I was surprised that I recognized one of the men in the picture. He comes to the Kotel every day, davens Vasikin and says all of Sefer Tehilim every morning. He has now been doing this every day for over forty years. I don't know just how many people come avery single day, only that there are Jews of all stripes ( Chareidi, former Americans, Ashkenazim, Sefardim, Chassidim, Litvish, Mizrachi, young, old, middle aged,men,women,people wearing kipot serugot, people wearing white shirts out, tzitzis in, tzitzis out, sandles, crocs, long black coats,no jackets, soldiers etc. ) that demonstrate on a daily basis that we have not forgotten Yerushalayim. As a kohain, I look forward to the day when I can stand on the other side of the Wall , b'mehaira b'yamainu !

Posted by: Heshy | May 22, 2009 8:23:37 AM

That recording never gets old for me.

Posted by: Jack | May 22, 2009 9:57:04 AM

Same for me, Jack. David, thanks for sharing your tradition, I love listening to that recording as well, and today is a great day to do it. Your article gave me chills. Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: SaraK | May 22, 2009 2:27:37 PM

In my regular shul for evening services, the rabbi usually gives a short d'var Torah between Mincha and Maariv. Last night, in lieu of his regular d'var Torah, the rabbi wheeled a huge boom box to the bimah and plugged it in. After a short explanation (and some technical difficulties), the ahul was filled with the sounds of the very same recording that you share with us every year. "Yerushalayim shel Zahav," "Har habayit b'yadenu," the shofar blasts, Rabbi Goren's spine-tingling Kel Maleh...You could have heard a pin drop. After the recording ended, there were several moments of intense silence. Then the rabbi gave a klap on the bimah, and the mourners recited kaddish.

It was certainly the most inspiring d'var Torah of the year for me.

Posted by: psachya | May 22, 2009 10:21:03 PM

Oops.

Make that "...the shul was filled with the sounds..."

Serves me right for posting on Friday :)

Posted by: psachya | May 22, 2009 10:24:38 PM

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