If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem

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. 

About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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4 Responses to If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem

  1. Zehava allias Pati says:

    toda raba, Shimona………shabbat shalom too………psaumes…….137 5-6………… tu as raison… je n\’ai pas tout lu, mais le 48 2-4 aussi, il fait du bien au coeur….Stp, Shimona…… essaye d\’aller au Kothel, pour moi, si tu en as le temps…… je ne le peux pas. stp, en passant, lis juste un petit bout d\’un tehilim… n\’importe lequel, même juste une phrase, pour maman…….merci Shimona……Pati

  2. Shimona from the Palace says:

    I will try, Pati…

  3. Rambling says:

    I loved reading this, Shimona. Thank you also for the video.Me and Her

  4. Zehava allias Pati says:

    toda Shimona……….

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