Two Things We Love About Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)
As Proud Jews, we try to keep you up-to-speed on Jewish holidays, and there's an awesome one coming up: Yom Yerushalayim, also known as Jerusalem Day.
What is Jerusalem Day?
It's the celebration of Israel's unification of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of that event. The holiday starts at sundown on May 23 and ends at sundown on May 24.
Before we tell you the two things we love about the holiday, some boring history (skip it by clicking here).
Unification or Re-unification?
Jerusalem has a history of being conquered, but when the British took it from the Turks in 1917, they introduced a novel (and very British) concept: splitting the city into four sections -- one Jewish, one Muslim, one Christian, one Armenian.
After the War of Independence, Israel and Jordan agreed to split the city between the Jewish West Jerusalem and the Muslim East Jerusalem.
When Israel conquered the eastern half during the Six-Day War, it declared Jerusalem a single, united city -- for the first time in half a century.
It celebrated the occasion with a new holiday, Yom Yerushalayim.
Naomi Shemer's Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Israel of Gold) commemorated the event. Listen to the song as sung by its original singer, Shuly Nathan.
(Shuly Nathan's version of Yerushalayim Shel Zahav)
Get lyrics in English and Hebrew from HebrewSongs.com (we don't translate, we just make Jewish shirts).And now, what's awesome about Jerusalem Day?
Awesome Jerusalem Day Thing #1 -- Flag Dance Parade
Check out this video of Rikud Degalim, the Flag Dance Parade:
(Videos from 2016 Yom Yerushalayim.)
Each year tens of thousands of people march through the streets carrying Israeli flags in celebration, ending with prayers at the Western Wall.
Awesome Jerusalem Day Thing #2 -- Sweet-Looking Shirts
For the first time EVER, you can celebrate wearing our Jerusalem t-shirts.
What do people do on Jerusalem Day?
See for yourself -- check out some of the events listed on the Love Love Israel website.