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  • Shana Tova, A Sweet and Healthy New Year From Jerusalem!
    From Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal unified capital — We send everyone prayers for a Shana Tova! A sweet New Year filled with blessings of health, happiness and closeness. This past half a year has been challenging and we look forward to better, smoother days ahead, filled with peace!
    This article explains the significance of Rosh Hashana in Jerusalem…

    Photo Courtesy: The Temple Institute

    The Holy Temple: Rosh Hashana

    Article Courtesy: The Temple Institute

    “And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation: you shall do no manner of servile work; it is a day of blowing the horn unto you. And you shall prepare a burnt-offering for a sweet savour unto HaShem: one young bullock, one ram, seven he-lambs of the first year without blemish; and their meal-offering, fine flour mingled with oil, three tenth parts for the bullock, two tenth part for the ram, and one tenth part for every lamb of the seven lambs; and one he-goat for a sin-offering, to make atonement for you; beside the burnt-offering of the new moon, and the meal-offering thereof, and the continual burnt-offering and the meal-offering thereof, and their drink-offerings, according unto their ordinance, for a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto HaShem.” (Numbers 29:1-6)
    Our sages teach us that Rosh Hashana marks the sixth day of creation, the day that adam harishon – the first man – was created. The particular place was none other than what would come to be known as Mount Moriah. We further learn that it was on this very spot that Adam first sinned and repented. Here he built an altar and presented an offering. Some twenty generations later it was here that the angel stayed the hand of Avraham at the binding of Yitzchak. It was here that the ram appeared, providing Avraham with the means through which to express his love for G-d.

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  • Jerusalem :: Where were you on Septemeber 11, 2001?
    September 11, 2001 is an infamous date that is etched in the memories of those who lived through the Islamic terrorist attacks against the United States. Those who understand the deep importance of those attacks understand that they were an attack on a peaceful democratic nation. The significance of the attacks is profound — as all terrorist attacks, it was not just an attempt to blow up buildings or murder people — it was an attempt to attack the foundations of sovereignty and to instill fear in people around the world who hold freedom dear to them.
    As such, everyone knows exactly where they were and what they were thinking as things unfolded on that fateful day. So, where were Jerusalem and its citizens on 9/11? We were there, right behind the innocent citizens of the democratic nation of the United States and the peaceful citizens of the entire world. Jerusalem understands the terrifying and devastating effects of Islamic terrorism and we will continue to be there to fight for truth and justice. We understand that this attack was an attempt to destroy the inner tranquility of civil society and to try to undermine a nation’s sovereignty. We will not allow Muslim extremists to terrorize the world in their attempt to destroy democracy and wreak havoc on civil society. In addition, we will continue to fight the “political correctness” and lies that continually attempt to alter the facts of history. These are the reasons that Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal unified capital, is home to a living memorial to the events of 9/11… The only such memorial in the entire middle east! Where was and where is Jerusalem on 9/11? We’re here and we’ve got your back!

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  • COVID-19 Plans in Jerusalem for Rosh Hashanah
    The focal point of Jewish prayer from around the globe is Jerusalem. In fact, during normal years, hundreds of thousands of Jews come to the capital city for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This year’s Rosh Hashanah prayers in Jerusalem will be difficult to coordinate. The municipality is making concerted efforts to ensure that everyone can pray and celebrate the Jewish New Year in a safe and healthy manner.

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    Jerusalem presents unique municipal plan for High Holiday prayers

    Article Courtesy: Jerusalem Post

    Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion asked community leaders throughout the city to help the city prepare for prayer services on the High Holidays, while staying safe amid the coronavirus outbreak in a letter on Monday.
    “In recent weeks, we have been working to formulate a special plan to facilitate the tens of thousands of worshipers,” wrote Lion. “I would love to hear more suggestions for streamlining and improving the experience of worshipers in order to enable, as much as possible, the maintenance of routine.”
    The mayor added that the decision to create a unique plan for the city of Jerusalem was made in order to allow the city’s residents “to have as normal a holiday routine as possible.” Because the city is made up of a number of different neighborhoods with different characters, the municipality asked neighborhood administrators to provide the city with a list of specific needs.

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  • Jerusalem Gearing Up For Rosh Hashana’s Shofar Blowing
    A central focus of Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) is the blowing of the shofar(ram’s horn). And the central focus of the Jewish Nation is Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal unified capital. So, the most natural thing is to blow the shofar in Jerusalem on Rosh Hashana… this rabbi is working to ensure that every Jew in Jerusalem has a chance to hear it…

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    One rabbi’s efforts to ensure every Jew in Jerusalem hears the shofar

    Article Courtesy: JPost

    Put a hundred Jews in a room and ask them what ritual they most associate with Rosh Hashanah. Whoever doesn’t mention dipping apples in honey will almost certainly cite hearing the shofar.
    With Rosh Hashanah coming in mid-September, one Jerusalem resident is starting to think about how to help people hear the shofar blasts on the Jewish New Year.

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  • Jerusalem is The Heart and Soul of Israel
    The famous author Elie Wiesel shares the importance of Jerusalem to the heart and sould of the Jewish Nation. As always, in his beautifully poetic way…

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    Elie Wiesel: Jerusalem is Above Politics

    Article Courtesy: United With Israel

    Here’s the text of full-page ads that Elie Wiesel had taken out two years ago in The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times:
    It was inevitable: Jerusalem once again is at the center of political debates and international storms. New and old tensions surface at a disturbing pace. Seventeen times destroyed and seventeen times rebuilt, it is still in the middle of diplomatic confrontations that could lead to armed conflict. Neither Athens nor Rome has aroused that many passions.

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  • Jerusalem :: Continued Development For The Return of The Jewish People
    The process of the return of the Jews to its rightful homeland has been slow but sure. Along those lines, the capital city of Jerusalem continues to be developed and celebrated by Israel. The continued development of the city is crucial to the return. Find out more here…

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    Jerusalem of Gold and Metal

    Article Courtesy: Jewish Press, Michal Popper

    The holy land of Israel was and will always be the chosen land for the Jewish people. From the beginning of time Hashem promised this land to our forefathers and they passed on that promise to the children of Israel for all generations to come.
    We as a Jewish nation have known great sufferings throughout time and our nation has been chased for many centuries. 72 years ago G-d in his infinite wisdom and goodness, returned the Jewish people to their homeland. Many Jews did return, but not all.
    The beautiful cities and roads of Israel are being built up every single day. The hilltops are growing homes like never before and mountains are spreading themselves wide, so that great big new roads can be paved through them, making room for all the children of Israel to come back home, like true children of the King.

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  • Tonight begins Tisha B’Av — What is it and why?

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    Tonight begins the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av. It is the most tragic day of the entire year. The date when the centerpiece of Jerusalem was destroyed — twice! The First and Second Holy Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed on the same Hebrew date thousands of years ago. This represented the downfall of the First and Second Jewish Commonwealths in Israel with Jerusalem as the capital. It is a day that is remembered with fasting, prayers and customs of mourning. The significance of this day still being commemorated in such a real way thousands of years later is a testament to the centrality of Jerusalem to Jews.
    We have now returned to our homeland and must continue to build our eternal unified capital — Jerusalem!

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  • Unbelievable Find in Jerusalem :: Capital of Judean Kingdom
    This huge discovery from 2,700 years ago shows the importance of the capital city of Jerusalem in the ancient Israelite Kingdom of Judah… This is from the time period of the First Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Facts on the ground tell the TRUTH about Jerusalem!

    Illustrative photo credit: Assaf Peretz, Israel Antiquities Authority

    Huge Kingdom of Judah government complex found near US Embassy in Jerusalem

    Article Courtesy: Times of Israel

    One of the largest collections of royal Kingdom of Judah seal impressions has been uncovered at a massive First Temple-period public tax collection and storage complex being excavated near the new United States Embassy in Jerusalem. The main Iron Age structure is exceptional in terms of both its size and architectural style, said Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Neri Sapir, who co-directed the excavation.

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  • How a Musical Jerusalem Family ‘Built’ Israeli Culture
    This is a wonderful story about a very special multigenerational musical family that helped build Israeli culture in Jerusalem — and how this story is told in one of Jerusalem’s most famous museums during these crazy Corona-times…

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    ‘Building’ Jerusalem

    Article Courtesy: Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

    Museums are in crisis all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the loss of visitor revenue, many smaller museums are being forced to close, and larger ones are postponing reopenings because restrictions on the numbers of visitors make it economically unfeasible. In Jerusalem, the majority of museums are still closed, although the Tower of David Museum — one of Israel’s leading cultural institutions — has just now reopened its doors after being closed for three months in the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Nestled in the magnificent citadel at the entrance to the Old City, the museum has always appealed to tourists. Currently, it is featuring a new exhibition, running until April 2021, called “Banai: A Musical Journey From Persia to Jerusalem.”

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  • Can Jordan Demand That Israel Stop Development of Jerusalem?
    The Jordanian government has continued to challenge Israel’s sovereignty over its capital of Jerusalem. Of late, they have issued an official statement on behalf of the Jordanian foreign ministry, demanding that Israel stop any work at the Kotel (Western Wailing Wall). They claim that only the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic Religious Trust) has control over the entire Temple Mount area, where the ancient Israelites built the First and Second Holy Temples. Since Israel’s reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has allowed the Waqf to administer the Temple Mount, the holiest place on earth for Jews. This was done in order to appease Muslims in hopes that the Arab world would once and for all conclude that peace with Israel is in the best interests of everyone. However, as has been well-proven over the decades since, the Muslim extremist governments that surround Israel have never been willing to negotiate a true peace. Instead, they continue to challenge Israel’s right to exist and demand that Israel divide and relinquish its capital. This can never be allowed. Israel must make their stance clear and strong… Jerusalem is the eternal unified capital of Israel!

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    Rabbi Peretz: This is our answer to Jordan

    Article Courtesy: Arutz-7 News

    Jerusalem Affairs Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz visited the Mount of Olives Tuesday as part of his tours of historical and heritage sites across the country.
    The minister was accompanied by Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, Rabbi Tzuriel Krispel, the Director of the Council of Cemeteries in Israel, Jerusalem Development Authority CEO Eyal Chaimovski, and professionals from the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry. During the tour they visited the graves of Rabbi Kook, Menachem Begin, and Shai Agnon.

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