Har Habayit Od Lo Beyadenu
Thoughts on Yom Yerushalayim:
- I went to a black-hat Yeshiva in Israel. The Rosh Yeshiva called a number of the older students into his home for a Va'ad (discourse on Mussar and Hashkafa). The day was Yom Yerushalayim. We were used to non-Zionist and anti-Zionist ideas that permeated the Yeshiva, but I was too young to counter them with good arguments. We walk into the Rosh's home. When we walked out an hour later, we were ALL very surprised at what had just happened. The Rosh Yeshiva was very much in favor of acknowledging the significance of Yom Yerushalayim, and just delivered an hour-long Va'ad explaining why.
- This year marks the 38th year after 1967. 38 is exactly double 19. We have thus surpassed our years without a united Jerusalem by a 2 to 1 margin. (See Dr. Vendyl Jones' understanding of the number 38 here.)
- As significant as Yom Yerushalayim is, we still do not have complete control of Har Habayit. We are waiting for that day to come, Bimhera Veyamenu, Amen.