Yesterday we celebrated Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Liberation Day, the anniversary of the Liberation and Reunification of the Holy City by the Israel Defence Forces in the 1967 Six Day War. According to the Jewish (lunar) calendar, the actual day of the Reunification falls on the 28th day of the month of Iyar (today, in fact) but when that date falls on a Friday, as it does this year, the celebrations are brought forward to Thursday, as they continue into the night, with fireworks and other activities which are forbidden on the Sabbath. Therefore, so as not to curtail the festivities (as well as to allow observant Jews to prepare for Shabbat), the festivities take place a day earlier. However, since it was actually 42 years ago today that the whole of Jerusalem was reunited under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in almost 2000 years, I bring you a gift in honour of the festival – a performance by the Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir of Zvi Avni’s setting of Psalm 48, verses 2-4: "Beautiful of vista, the joy of all the earth, is Mount Zion".
Shabbat Shalom and a pleasant weekend to you all.