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  • Yom Yerushalayim :: Opening a road to Jerusalem!
    This evening begins Yom Yerushalayim — Jerusalem Reunification Day. It is the day, 53 years ago, when Israel reunified its eternal capital city after 19 years of Jordanian occupation of the eastern part of the city. This is an important day in Jerusalem’s long history. It is a wonderful time to remember the many heroic efforts that the Jewish Nation has undertaken in order to maintain the holy capital’s open connection with greater Israel. Yom Yerushalayim is not just about Israel’s miraculous success of reunifying Jerusalem in 1967. It is about Israel’s ancient and eternal efforts of maintaining Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This article sheds some light on the events of 1948 that led to the building of lifeline road to save Jerusalem…

    Remembering the Road of Heroism on Yom Yerushalayim

    Article Courtesy: The Jewish Voice

    One road supplied the people of Jerusalem when they faced a dire situation. In the fourteen day old State of Israel, the future of the New City of Jerusalem hung in the balance. It was a week since vital supplies had arrived. The people of Jerusalem faced starvation. They needed medicine. Weapons were required to repel attacks.
    A hastily constructed makeshift bypass road saved the city and perhaps the newly reborn State of Israel.

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  • Ancient Coin Commemorates Jewish Effort to Liberate Jerusalem from Roman Occupation
    A rare coin that was struck in bronze commemorates the events of thousands of years ago in Jerusalem. It was released for viewing to the public in time for the associated holiday of Lag Baomer. This article shares more and there’s an in-depth video in the link.

    Photo: Video capture from Arutz7

    Rare coin from Bar-Kokhba revolt unearthed near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

    Article Courtesy: Israel National News

    In honor of Lag B’Omer, the Israel Antiquities Authority on Monday revealed a rare bronze coin from the period of the Bar Kokhba revolt (circa 132 CE), which was discovered in archaeological excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority in the William Davidson Archaeological Park, under the supervision of the Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, Ltd. located between the Temple Mount and the City of David.
    The excavations are conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority and funded by the Ir David Foundation (Elad), which operates the site.
    The obverse of the coin is decorated with a cluster of grapes and the inscription “Year Two of the Freedom of Israel” and the reverse side features a palm tree and the inscription “Jerusalem.”

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  • Happy 72nd Yom Ha’atzmaut from Jerusalem!

    Illustrative photo credit: Ted Eytan [License]

    Today the Jewish Nation celebrates the 72nd anniversary of the declaration of the modern State of Israel in its ancient homeland, with Jerusalem as its capital. The Land of Israel has been the homeland of the Jews for thousands of years and likewise, Jerusalem has been the nation’s capital for these thousands of years. It is the very same place where the first and second commonwealths of Israel stood and were governed by the Jews from the same capital.
    This year is certainly a more challenging year than others, with coronavirus looming overhead and the necessary lockdowns still in place. However, this does not stop us from celebrating the wonderful miracles that brought us back to our home. We continue to return to our borders from the Diaspora of the past 2,000 years. We thank God and for giving us the strength and health to accomplish what we have and to carry on. We deeply appreciate the sacrifices made by each and every soldier, police officer and security team member as well as our wonderful healthcare workers. It is because of each of them that we can celebrate this wonderful 72nd Independence Day. We are blessed to have the ability to stand tall and proud in our country with Jerusalem as our eternal unified capital. Happy Yom Ha’atzmaut 2020 from Jerusalem!

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  • Today in Jerusalem :: Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day
    Through all of the challenges of dealing with coronavirus quarantine, we remember the atrocities committed by the German Nazis and their collaborators. The atrocities against the Jewish Nation and against the entire world. The national holocaust museum and educational center is located in Israel’s eternal unified capital city of Jerusalem. We recognize with ever increasing urgency, the role that Jerusalem has always played and always will play for the Jewish People.

    Photo of Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Photos of Victims courtesy: Gary Todd [License]

    Clouded by coronavirus, Israel marks Holocaust Memorial Day

    Article Courtesy: Israel Hayom

    The 2020 Holocaust Remembrance Day was an unusual one, as its events, which began on Monday evening, were shrouded with an eerie silence, forced on them by the public health directives concerning the coronavirus outbreak.
    All major state ceremonies will be held as planned but will be devoid of an audience over coronavirus-related restrictions. Most cities, however, canceled their traditional ceremonies, in line with the Health Ministry’s restrictions on public gatherings.
    A two-minute siren wailed nationwide on Tuesday morning, honoring the victims. It was followed by the wreath-laying ceremony in Jerusalem, at the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising monument, which was also held sans an audience.

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  • We Will Become Stronger :: Passover 2020 Begins in Jerusalem
    Despite all of the difficulties leading into this year’s Pesach (Passover) holiday, we continue to see unity and strength within Israel. The holiday is one when the entire Jewish People are supposed to meet in Jerusalem and celebrate Hashem’s miracles from thousands of years ago. They are miracles that led to the return of the Jewish People to our ancient homeland in Israel with Jerusalem as our capital. During these times of the coronavirus pandemic, families are limited to conducting the Seder meal without the company of extended family and friends. However, this hasn’t stopped the people from making every effort to ensure our fellow citizens are as safe and well as possible. We have witnessed people going out of their way to check on neighbors and friends even from a distance. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who are alone and those who are sick at this time. We pray that we will all be able to overcome this pandemic together and bring everyone back to Jerusalem in the future in health, happiness and unity. Chag Sameach, Happy Passover to all!

    Illustrative photo credit: Rebecca Siegel [License]

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  • Surreal times in Jerusalem :: COVID-19 cleaning for Passover
    What can we say, we are living through unbelievable times. Somehow we have completely changed our lives in Israel’s capital of Jerusalem. Yet we continue with our usual preparations for the upcoming holiday of Pesach (Passover) — including the cleaning of the Kotel (Western Wall) plaza… this year with quite a twist!

    Illustrative Photo Credit: James Emery [License]

    In hazmat suits, workers collect messages from Western Wall

    Article Courtesy: YNet

    Twice a year, cleaning teams using long sticks gouge out tens of thousands of written prayers that visitors traditionally cram into the crevices of Judaism’s Western Wall in Jerusalem.
    But this time, the rite was held with precautions against coronavirus infection in place.
    Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks sprayed sanitizer on the wall’s ancient stones while others held onto their sticks with gloves as they extracted the paper notes left in “God’s mailbox.”

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  • Jerusalem :: Mourning first COVID-19 death in Israel
    Israel’s first recorded death due to the worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) occurred in Jerusalem today. The patient, Aryeh Even, was 88-years-old at the time of his passing earlier today. Unfortunately, his family was unable to be with him in the last days of his life due to the necessary quarantine in place. The entire Israel mourns his loss and stand with his family during their time of mourning.

    Photo courtesy of the family.

    Israel’s first virus fatality named as 88-year-old Holocaust survivor Aryeh Even

    Article Courtesy: Times of Israel

    Israel’s first fatality in the coronavirus pandemic was on Saturday named as 88-year-old Holocaust survivor Aryeh Even.
    In a statement, Even’s family said they regretted that they were unable to be by his side for his final moments.
    “He was a dear and beloved man, living a full life, devoted to his family, a strong man until the end. We are sorry to have passed his last days and moments at a time when his family members were prevented from being by his side.”

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  • A Coronavirus Wedding in Jerusalem (JewishPress)
    Right about now we can all use some uplifting news — and this is a great one! The coronavirus concern that has been overtaking the world is a serious one. Something that Israel has taken quite seriously with intense restrictions, including the limiting of gatherings to 10 people or less. Well, that could seriously put a damper on a wedding, right? Thanks to a bit of thought and ingenuity along with great joy and love — this Jerusalem wedding will be one to remember! The happy couple and organizers went to great lengths to maintain the joy fitting of a wedding while preserving the health of participants following public health guidelines. The video can be seen at the full article link.

    Image and article courtesy: Jerusalem coronavirus wedding video snapshot. Full video and article here.

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  • Serbia Plans Official Governmental Office in Jerusalem – and More!
    In a further step to increase cooperation between Israel and Serbia, the latter nation has announced plans to move forward with an official ‘state office’ in Israel’s capital. This article shares more…

    Photo of Serbian President Vucic for illustrative purposes only. Photo Credit: Franz Johann Morgenbesser [License]

    Israel Praises Serbian Pledge to Open ‘State Office’ in Jerusalem

    Article Courtesy: Balkan Insight

    The Israeli embassy in Belgrade said it was “happy” to hear that Serbia plans to open a diplomatic representative office in Jerusalem, which Israel claims as its capital.
    “We are happy to hear [President Aleksandar] Vucic announcing a plan for the opening of the official Serbian state office in our capital Jerusalem. We encourage others to follow the same direction and join more countries,” the embassy’s Twitter account said.

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  • The Importance of Israel’s Constant Presence in Jerusalem Throughout History
    The Jewish nation has maintained a nearly constant presence in Jerusalem and other essential locations in Israel throughout history. From ancient to modern times, Jews have worked hard to continue living in and visiting Israel’s eternal unified capital. Even during the short pockets of history when this was not possible, the Jewish People always maintained a direct relationship with Jerusalem through prayers, Torah study and minhagim (customs). This article explains why this is significant…

    Photo Credit: TPS (via JewishPress.com) U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Melech Friedman went first to the Western Wall, straight from the airport, upon his arrival in Israel to start his new job.

    Historical ‘Jewish presence’ key to Israel’s territorial claims, US envoy says

    Article Courtesy: Israel Hayom

    US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman reiterated on Wednesday that the Trump administration did not consider Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria as illegal per se, while also noting Israel’s ancient ties to the land.

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