Tonight, the 28th of Iyar is Yom Yerushalayim, marking 43 years since the city of Jerusalem was reunified, Jews were again able to access our Holy sites, and for the first time in Jerusalem’s history, all religious groups were given control over their own holy sites.
The date of 28 Iyar appears a few times in Jewish History:
- It is the date that we fought the war with Amalek in the Dessert, it is fitting that our first military victory as a nation was the same date that we had one of the biggest military victories in the modern era.
- It is the Yhartzeit of Shmuel HaNavi, and it is fitting that it is also the day that we liberated his burial site and were able to return to Nabi Samuel.
- It is the date that Rav Kook made Aliya, and 28 Iyar was always celebrated as a full holiday by Rav Kook and his family, little did he know that within a generation the entire Nation would join his family in celebrating this date.
According to the Rabbanut, Yom Yerushalayim is a full holiday and should be celebrated by dressing in Holiday clothes and full Halel and other special Tfilot.
Just as we merited to whiteness the beginning of our redemption, may we soon see the completion of the Redemption, with true Peace and Unity in the Land.