Jerusalem Day Celebrations

The date has passed.

Most flags are removed.

Commentators have spun stories with their biases.

The main stream media focused on a small group.

However,

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day,

Hebrew sign for Jerusalem Day

celebrations in Jerusalem, Israel,

are always like no where else in the world.

Flag fro Jerusalem hanging on Jerusalem Day

Today Jerusalem has a flag,

image new pin Jerusalem

and an official pin.

tower of David on Jerusalem Day

The ancient Tower of David,

is always impressive.

Jerusalem mayor welcomes  people on Jerusalem Daty

In the morning of Yom Yerushalayim,

Mayor Nir Barkat and his wife Beverly

greeted the public inside the gardens.

Music in Tower of David on Yom Yerushalayim

While a live orchestra played music

vistiors sitting and listening to music Tower of DAvid

and visitors sat and enjoyed their program.

family tours in Yemin Moshe on Jerusalem Day

Hundreds of families took tours of Yemin Moshe.

March starting on Jerusalem Dayt

Thousands of young people gathered in Gan Sacher,

Sacher Park to march with Israeli flags to the Old City,

to the Kotel, the Western Wall.

crowd at Kings Hotel on Yom Yerushalayim

Tens of thousands of people, singing, dancing, and

celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967.

Hebrew sign for Jerusalem day

This year other events were planned,

as this one for families at the new First Station.

There were prayer services,

and official invitation only ceremonies.

A free concert was held at Kikar Safra, Government Square.

Once again the annual “White Night” celebration

blasted until 4 am from Gan Sacher.

I do not appreciate that one!

In schools and kindergartens there were special programs,

Jerusalem Day nursery school child with bubbles

with art projects songs, and even bubbles.

The main stream media missed hundreds of thousands

of people who were not news worthy.

For those who find  Jerusalem Day objectionable,

please remember,

in 1965,

no Jews were in the Old City.

Under control of Jordan from 1948 – 1967,

no Jews could enter ANY of the gates.

Jerusalem Old City Walls

In 1965,

this was as close to the Kotel, the Western Wall,

 American Jewish tourists could get.

Photos were taken from across No Man’s Land,

safe from Jordanian sniper shots.

Yom Yerushalayim should be appreciated every day.

 Our friends have posted on a bench by their home,

a short passage from the Prophet Zechariah,

on his vision for the future,

Verse in Hebrew about children playing on the streets of Jerusalem

Jerusalem will be full of boys and girls

celebrating in her streets.

And that is what was really happening

on Yom Yerushalayim,

on the real Jerusalem streets.

0 thoughts on “Jerusalem Day Celebrations

  • May 19, 2015 at 3:28 pm
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    Thank you. The way you capture the city and its people is wonderfully authentic and so refreshing. Every time. Like through a clear window. Great photography too and very informative, always.

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  • May 19, 2015 at 4:31 pm
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    I do not find celebrating Jerusalem to be offensive. As always, I am grateful for your commentary and photos.

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    • May 19, 2015 at 5:44 pm
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      Thanks! Too many pundits were putting too negative a spin on Jerusalem Day, had to respond with something positive.

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  • May 20, 2015 at 6:13 am
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    Am Yisrael Chai!!! And celebrate…thank you for allowing us to share this joy with you…

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  • May 20, 2015 at 8:40 pm
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    I love the little boy blowing bubbles! What a cutie! That’s a great shot, Sharon.

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  • May 21, 2015 at 5:39 am
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    We are coming in August . We cannot wait to experience the sights. Thank you for sharing.

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