Bonus Video – 1967 to Today
It was hard to find a Jew for over 2000 years that didn’t think and dream of Jerusalem. It’s in all of the Jewish prayers and blessings. It’s commemorated on all Jewish holidays and lifecycle celebrations. Jerusalem, for the Jewish Nation, is a 2000 year dream come-true.
In the second video the music playing in the background is the melody of the song “Jerusaelm of Gold” by Naomi Shemer. the renowned songwriter. In May of 1967, the mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek asked Shemer to write a song about Jerusalem that he planned to hold the night after Israel’s (19th) independence day. She wrote the song and included words referring to the conquered Eastern Jerusalem which was under Jordanian control. There was a sadness to the words for the heart of Jerusalem was still missing then. One stanza read “The wells ran dry of all their water, Forlorn the market square,
The Temple Mount dark and deserted, In the Old City there.”
Yet in three short weeks that was all to change. Within six short days, the IDF had taken back all of the territory which the Jordanians had conquered in 1948. This included the old city of Jerusalem, Jewish homes, the Western Wall, and, most importantly, the Temple Mount”.
And Shemer proceded to rewrite the original stanzas:
The wells are filled again with water,
The square with joyous crowd,
On the Temple Mount within the City,
The shofar rings out loud….