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    Parashat Hashavua

    The Unification of Yerushalayim and the Desert

    For over a half-century, around the time of Yom Yerushalayim and soon before Shavuot, we get to read Parashat Bamidbar. Let us take a look at the connection between Yerushalayim and the desert.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Iyar 28 5781
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    4 min
    Jerusalem Day

    Continuation of the Victory of Moses and Joshua

    What does Jerusalem Day have to do with the war against Amalek on the way to Eretz Yisrael? And how does that teach us that Hasem's hand is behind all that happens to us?

    Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu | Iyar 28 5781
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    45 min
    The Obligation of Thanking Hashem

    Remembering the 6 Day War- Yom Yerushalayim & Declaring New Holidays

    It sounds complicated to declare new holidays, but it's actually not at all. Similarly to allow haircuts and music during the Omer also is simple. Just declaring Hallel with a bracha is more complicated, but an historic return to the forgotten background of the "6 Day War" helps clarify that, as well.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Iyar 27 5781
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    Jerusalem Day

    Jerusalem Day: Some Stones Are Hearts

    Translated by Hillel Fendel

    The Western Wall looks simply like a big and menacing block of rocks. One must look with penetrating eyes to sense what it really expresses: the longing of dozens of generations, the prayers of our forefathers and foremothers, and the joy of all those who commemorated their happy occasions there over the course of centuries.

    Rabbi Azriel Ariel | Iyar 25 5781
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    Bechukotai

    A Tale of Two Mountains

    This Shabbat, we find ourselves between two staggering events: the tragedy at Har Meron last Friday, and Yom Yerushalayim this Sunday night and Monday. Two mountains, steeped in Jewish history, associated with the most significant personalities and pathos: Avraham, Yitzchak and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Iyar 25 5781
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    36 min
    Additional Lessons

    Y'rushalayim: Uniting Religious-Zionist-Humanist- The 3 Ideologies of Mankind

    When Jerusalem is built in her glory, and even already today, it's the religious, national and universal capitol of Israel. God placed the "checks and balance" system, comprised by this Triumvirate of the king (national leader), Nasi haSenhedrin (religious leader) and Kohen Gadol ("Lover of Peace"- the humanist/universal leader) on one mountain forcing them to unite and work together. Rav Kook analyzes that all human ideologies are either right-wing (natl.), left (humanist), or religious (all the above are religious, but here, in the limited sense), who are all necessary, and also limit each other from going extreme. As long as each stress the positive & compliments the others, and isn't "anti", we will reveal the Unity of God and Israel.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Iyar 25 5780
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    Parashat Hashavua

    “All the Congregation of Bnei Yisrael” – for Yom Yerushalayim

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Iyar 25 5780
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    Jerusalem Day

    What Upset the Kadis in Cyprus?

    Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon | 5778
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    Jerusalem Day

    Memories and regrets

    The Six Day War brought to the Jewish world a sense of unity and solidarity that since then has never been matched. The stark divisions in the Jewish world have since then been magnified and intensified

    Rabbi Berel Wein
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    Jerusalem Day

    The Torah and the Joy of Jerusalem

    “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad with her, all of you who love her” (Isaiah 66:10). When we rejoice over the restoration of Jerusalem, we must also pray that the city not fall again. This is done via the Torah, which sustains and strengthens us.

    Rabbi Shlomo Amar | Iyar 5768
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    Jerusalem Day

    Selections from a Diary of Jerusalem's Liberation

    When I finished the memorial service we all stood at attention and sang "Ha-Tikvah." After this, I kissed the Regional Headquarters Commanding General and other soldiers and officers, and then I began singing, "This year in the restored Jerusalem!"

    Rabbi Shlomo Goren zt"l | Iyar 5767
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    Behar

    The Big Jewish Af?

    We thank Hashem that we personally have found solace and refuge in our true home and hope that the entire nation in exile will move from the exile to Eretz Yisrael.

    Rabbi Yossef Carmel | Iyar 5767
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    Jerusalem Day

    Jerusalem - Seek Her Out and Find Her

    The Torah refers to Jerusalem as “the place which God shall choose,” but does not inform us as to where this place is or what its name is. By concealing the Holy City from us and forcing us to seek her out, God aimed at endearing Jerusalem to us.

    Rabbi David Dov Levanon | 5659
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    Jerusalem Day

    “Ascribe Strength to God”

    King David, the King of Israel, turns to the Nation of Israel and entreats them to “ascribe strength to God.” You, the Jewish People, must ascribe strength to God, for “His majesty is dependent upon Israel” (Psalm 68:35).

    Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli zt"l | 5764
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    Jerusalem Day

    From Zion to Jerusalem and Back Again

    Jerusalem Day

    Jerusalem Day

    Rabbi Gideon Weitzman | 5764
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    Jerusalem Day

    The Crowns of Jerusalem

    Jerusalem’s eminence stems from its being the city of the Holy Temple, the home of the kingdom of Israel, and the Torah center of the world. In liberating Jerusalem we merited advancing toward the full revelation of the greatness of the Holy City.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | Iyar 5763
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    Jerusalem Day

    Our Feet Stood at Your Gates, O Jerusalem

    1. Great Expectations 2. Disappointment 3. Has God Forgotten? 4. The Devotion of Our Youth 5. Opening the Gates

    Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli zt"l | Iyar 5752
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    Jerusalem Day

    "Lift Up Your Voice"

    "Lift up your voice." Concerning Jerusalem, there is a need to speak up, a need to encourage. There is a need to infuse new spirit into those dry bones, and say, 'Here is your God!'

    Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli zt"l | 5747
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    Jerusalem Day

    Jerusalem Day's Moral

    The Six-Day War, which brought the Jewish people face to face with the site of the Holy Temple, caused a great spiritual awakening among Jews. This awakening proved that Zionism had not finished its task.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | 5754
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    The Meaning Sefirat Ha'omer

    Independence Day Jerusalem Day, and Sefirat HaOmer

    1. The Omer, Joy or Judgment? 2. Redefining 'Din' 3. The Passivity of Passover 4. The Activity of The Omer 5. Modern Israel and Sefirat HaOmer

    Rabbi Shabbtai Sabbato | Iyar, 5761
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