Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day,
started early this year
with the official opening extravaganza on Sunday night.
The preparations for the major event were extensive
near the Jaffa Gate and the walls of the Old City.
Not only a presidential visit requires extra security.
Viewing stands were in the Teddy Park Garden
where an impromptu maariv minyan
was held prior to the start of the speeches and show.
The lights and music
and speeches were projected on the walls
for the tens of thousands gathered on the streets to view.
changed with each song,
and the fireworks
ended with drones writing ‘Jerusalem’ in the sky.
The most exclusive view was from Bet Shmuel,
but the crowds standing on the surrounding streets
audibly appreciated the sounds and the lights and more.
This was an event where photos could not capture the moments.
Listen to one of the songs to give you an idea of what you missed.
Now off to see more Yom Yerushalayim celebrations,
as flags, singing and dancing fill the Jerusalem streets.