Yom Yerushalayim ~ Conviction and the Lesson


IDF Paratroopers at the Kotel

Forty eight years ago through the heroic efforts of a beleaguered and outnumbered force, and the blessings of G-d, the whole of the city of Jerusalem, including the very center of the Jewish world; Har Habayit, the Temple Mount, was wrested from two thousand years of captivity.

Sadly, despite witnessing this incredible miracle, just as in ancient times, leaders of the Jewish People failed in their resolve, handing back functional sovereignty of the Temple Mount, to the enemy within days. It has remained so ever since.

har habayit today

The lesson to be learned is two-fold. First, while it takes more than conviction to persevere against adversity,  without it any gains are soon lost. Second, that G-d, like a patient, devoted father, prepares harsh tests. He hopes that we will succeed but knows that we will often fail. These tests are lessons, too.


2 thoughts on “Yom Yerushalayim ~ Conviction and the Lesson”

  1. I will never understand why about 15 minutes after regaining Jerusalem Moshe Dyan gave control of the Har Habayit back to the Jordanians. It’s been explained to me that Dyan had a good relationship with the Arabs, but it would seem the Arabs didn’t have as good a relationship with him as he thought. And I go back to thinking about what G-d thought about Esau ceding his birthright for soup.

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