yom yerushalayim | 28 iyar


  • read Defense Minister Moshe Dayan’s speech during the Six Day War (included below)
  • listen to the Hallel read or sung
  • make a holiday poster with Psalm 122.4: Jerusalem, built as a city that is bound firmly together…” or in Hebrew, Ir shehubrah lah yahdaiv (Yom Yerushalayim is the day Jerusalem was unified)
  • make a playlist of songs about Israel (like Jerusalem by Matisyahu)
  • put out Hebrew flags or other blue & white decorations




“This morning, the Israel Defense Forces liberated Jerusalem. We have united Jerusalem, the divided capital of Israel. We have returned to the holiest of our holy places, never to part from it again. To our Arab neighbors we extend, also at this hour—and with added emphasis at this hour—our hand in peace. And to our Christian and Muslim fellow citizens, we solemnly promise full religious freedom and rights. We did not come to Jerusalem for the sake of other peoples’ holy places, and not to interfere with the adherents of other faiths, but in order to safeguard its entirety, and to live there together with others, in unity.”
Moshe Dayan, 7 June 1967