Thursday, May 25, 2006

Yom Yerushalayim

Today, 28 Iyar, the 43rd day of the Omer, is Yom Yerushalayim. On this day in 1967 the old city of Jerusalem was liberated by the Israeli troops during the Six Day War. As a young child I remember the excitement of finally having our holiest city back in Jewish hands.

I took the above photos on trips to Israel over the last few years. The way the Kotel looks today is in stark contrast to the photo below of the Kotel in the 19th century where arab houses started just to the left of the picture.

For the historical facts of this day go to the Knesset site here. To read about the significance of Yom Yerushalyaim go to the Aish site here.