Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Warning: Jewish Jerusalem Expiration Date May Be Fast Approaching! By Hillel Fendel and Chaim Silberstein and The Claim That Jesus Was A Palestinian Is Simply An Anti-Semitic Attempt To Delegitimize Israel The Lid with Jeff Dunetz and 74% of Israelis light Chanukah Candles- Why and Happy Secular New Year

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Warning: Jewish Jerusalem Expiration Date May Be Fast Approaching! By Hillel Fendel and Chaim Silberstein

It's been a month since the U.S. announced that it no longer considers Jewish "settlements" illegal. So far, Israel has treated this announcement like a gift certificate and is ignoring its expiration date, which could be fast approaching. We can only hope that our excuse for not taking advantage of this American gift is Israel's inability to put together a government that will make critical decisions.

In terms of Jerusalem, it would seem that the next step is obvious: Build lots and lots of Jewish homes in critically-strategic areas that were liberated in the Six-Day War. That would solve many of the city's most critical demographic and housing problems, help unite the city, and all but neutralize further talk of dividing the eternal, holy city between Israel and an Arab entity.

Even Ofer Berkovitz thinks the idea is great. Berkovitz heads the generally-left-wing Hit'orerut political faction in the Jerusalem City Council. Following the dramatic announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Berkovitz submitted a proposal to advance the construction of nearly 14,000 homes in the neighborhoods of Givat HaMatos, Atarot, and elsewhere.

The plans exist but are being held up by the government. Whether Prime Minister Netanyahu is under pressure or is possibly afraid of a unilateral game-changer that would truly prevent the division of Jerusalem, is unclear. The only thing that almost everyone in the Jerusalem Municipality agrees upon is that the freeze on Jewish construction must be thawed.

Berkovitz is not that concerned about Jerusalem remaining united under Israeli sovereignty; he has other considerations: "[Building these] 14,000 units, with the accompanying opportunities for job, culture, and education can improve Jerusalem's quality of life and decrease the crowdedness. It can allay the housing shortage and relieve the friction in mixed [Jewish-Arab] neighborhoods," he says.

The held-up plans call for some 10,000 units in Atarot (the site of the old airport in the northern tip of Jerusalem), 1,800 in Givat HaMatos (southern Jerusalem, near Talpiyot and Beit Tsafafa), and 1,500 in Givat Eliyahu (also in the south, between Gilo and Har Homa).

Mayor Moshe Leon's office was displeased with Berkovitz's attempt to hitch a ride on Pompeo's announcement. A statement by the mayor's office assailed Berkovitz for "attempting to score some points" while only "revealing his lack of integrity and experience." The mayor's office added that, "over the past year, 11,000 units were approved – compared with the decade before then, when Berkovitz was Deputy Mayor when an average of only 2,000 units were approved."

Mayor Leon added, "The data speak for themselves: I have totally thawed out the freeze implemented when Berkovitz was Deputy Mayor."

Both sides are playing politics, though. City Councilman Aryeh King told us, "If the critical Jewish projects are being held up, then the obvious question before anything else is: Why are the Arab projects not being held up? All the city has to do, led by former Likudnik and Netanyahu-aide Moshe Leon, is to declare an all or nothing quid pro quo: If there is to be a moratorium on Jewish projects, then there shall be one on Arab projects as well."

The absurdity of the situation cries out the most in Givat HaMatos. The original plan called for 2,600 apartments there, more than a third of which were to be for Arabs. Incredibly, the Arab apartments are being built, while the Jewish ones are not. Why not at least hold both of them up!?

"There is so much Arab construction," says King, "that prices are very low, and as everywhere else in the world, low housing prices bring people streaming in. As such, the demographic balance is again being tilted towards the Arab side."

The request to stop Arab projects as long as Jewish projects are on hold appears so logical that it's not clear why Mayor Leon doesn't adopt it. In fact, we addressed this precise question to him and his office. Unfortunately, no answer has yet been received. But where we failed, perhaps you, readers of this column, will succeed. Simply e-mail Mayor Lyon's office at pniyot.lishka@jerusalem.muni.il (or fax +972-2-6296014) and ask him why he allows Arab construction while Jewish construction is held up again and again.

Interestingly, a Jewish group is currently seeking to buy apartment blocks in Arab projects, such as the one in Givat HaMatos. Will it change things? Doubtful, but stranger things have happened.

In any event, Jerusalem is facing a double attack in the form of both illegal and legal Arab construction. This comes together with watered-down levels of Jewish construction in non-critical areas. The bottom line is that if not enough homes are built for Jews, and too many are built for Arabs, retaining Jerusalem's Jewish demographic majority will be very difficult.

Giuliani Claims He's 'More Of A Jew' Than George Soros: Liberals Freak (But He's Right) By Jeff Dunetz

In the latest issue of New York Magazine, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he was more of a Jew than George Soros. While it is true that Soros is a Jew by birth and the former may is Catholic, there is truth to what he is saying. After all, Rudy is a good friend of the Jews, and Soros is what is commonly called a self-hating Jew (I call him a Jew-hating Jew because he doesn't hate himself).

"Don't tell me I'm anti-Semitic if I oppose him," he said. "Soros is hardly a Jew. I'm more of a Jew than Soros is. I probably know more about — he doesn't go to church, he doesn't go to religion — synagogue. He doesn't belong to a synagogue, he doesn't support Israel, he's an enemy of Israel. He's elected eight anarchist DA's in the United States. He's a horrible human being."

When CNN reported about Giuliani's statement, it emphasized that Soros was a holocaust survivor–true. They were trying to infer that because he was a Holocaust survivor doesn't mean he is pro-Jewish and Jewish caused today. They also reported the ADL's Jonathan Greenblatt said Giuliani's attack on Soros was anti-Semitic. However, despite its mission for the past decade, or so, the ADL's first priority has been progressivism and the Democratic Party. That is why I recommend that donors to the ADL give to  StopAntisemitism.org instead, or if they wish to give to the Democratic Party, send the money directly and cut out the middleman.

I disagree with Rudy on one point, attending Synagogue doesn't make someone Jewish, it makes one observant. However, he is correct in his claim that Soros supports anti-Semitic BDS supporting causes and other anti-Israel organizations.

Since 2001 the Soros network has given $2,688,561 to Adalah. According to NGO Monitor, Adelah describes itself as an "independent human rights organization."  Adelah has been instrumental in falsely accusing Israel of war crimes on numerous occasions, including contributing charges to the now-disgraced Goldstone Report and the fake 2002 report of an Israeli massacre in Jenin.  Adalah has also called on governments the world over to sever or downgrade their diplomatic relations with Israel.

Another favorite for Soros money is I'lam, is a Nazareth-based Palestinian media center. I'lam claims its mission is "to empower the Palestinian media landscape and society by promoting equal access to the Israeli media, encouraging a fair information-flow, and fostering professional standards."  Not stated in their mission but reported by NGO Monitor is the fact that I'lam creates and promotes allegations of media bias in the Israeli media as part of its political agenda. I'lam received about $1.1 million from the Soros organization.

The New Israel Fund (NIF) is also listed as a recipient of Soros' love, at least  $837,500 since 2009. The NIF donates money to anti-Israel groups dedicated to making false charges and/or promote the anti-Semitic BDS movement against the Jewish State, including Adalah, B'Tselem, Breaking the Silence, and Physicians for Human Rights, Social TV, and 972 Magazine, just to name a few.

Women Against Violence (WAV): received $1,430,000 of Soros. They are another group supporting the anti-Semitic BDS movement.

Along with advocating for the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Mada al-Carmel – Arab Center for Applied Social Research, which received $707K from Soros was one of the creators of the Haifa Document in 2007. The Haifa Document calls for a "change in the definition of the State of Israel from a Jewish state" and accuses Israel of "exploiting" the Holocaust "at the expense of the Palestinian people."

Soros helped to fund The Woman's March group, an organization is run by anti-Semites.

And let's not forget that Soros helped to fund the creation of J-Street, the faux pro-Israel organization that is actually anti-Israel and supports the BDS movement. If you don't want to believe me about J-Street, believe Democrat Alan Dershowitz

Why would Soros, a Hungarian Jew who lived through the Holocaust, spend so much money on the anti-Semitic BDS effort to de-legitimize the Jewish State?  The best explanation comes from my late friend and teacher Barry Rubin:

On November 7, 2003, almost five years after the television interview, Soros made a rare appearance at a pro-Jewish Jewish event, a conference of the Jewish Funders Network. Asked about antisemitism in Europe, Soros responded that it was the result of the policies of Israel and the United States, and particularly of President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "If we change that direction, then antisemitism also will diminish," he said.

Once again, his words led somewhat in the wrong direction as some of the attendees were outraged. After all, blaming Jews for antisemitism is an old argument of antisemites

A 2016 document leak by DCLEAKS also revealed Soros' association with anti-Israel and pro-BDS organizations.

Rudy Giuliani has always been a supporter of Israel and a fighter against anti-Semitism.  Hence, in that perspective, even though he is a practicing Catholic, Giuliani is more of a Jew than George Soros.

And for those liberals who are tossing their non-kosher cookies, remember that you didn't complain when Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic called the anti-Semitic Barack Obama, the first Jewish President.

The Claim That Jesus Was A Palestinian Is Simply An Anti-Semitic Attempt To Delegitimize Israel The Lid with Jeff Dunetz

They bring it up every Christmas and sometimes in-between.

Initially presented by Yasser Arafat's PR woman Hannan Ashrawi in 2001 is the claim that Jesus Christ was a Palestinian. But it is a claim that is historically impossible and designed to erase the historical connections between the Jewish people and the holy land.  That attempt to disconnect the Jewish people from the holy land is anti-Semitic according to Pope Francis, President Trump's new executive order about Antisemitism, and this writer.

Expect it to come in the next few days around Christmas. The most recent example, however, was in April when the anti-Semitic, anti-American Rep Ilhan Omar, retweeted a tweet from Omar Suleiman, an adjunct professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University,


Omar Suleiman✔@omarsuleiman504

I was once asked by a relative who is a Palestinian Christian why the Christian right in America largely supports their oppression.

"Don't they know we're Christian too? Do they even consider us human? Don't they know Jesus was a Palestinian?" https://972mag.com/easter-gaza-permits-blockade/141104/ …


Just 24 hours before that the NY Times published an op-ed by Eric Copage, which said in part:

"As I grew older, I learned that the fair-skinned, blue-eyed depiction of Jesus has for centuries adorned stained glass windows and altars in churches throughout the United States and Europe. But Jesus, born in Bethlehem, was most likely a Palestinian man with dark skin."

It's a claim that's popular among liberals, during the 2016 Democratic convention Rev. William Barber II received cheers during his speech when he said:

Jesus, a brown-skinned Palestinian Jew called us to preach good news to the poor, the broken, and the bruised, and all those who are made to feel unexpected.


Being Jewish and living over 2,000 years after Jesus' death, I can't speak to what Jesus taught or the color of his skin. But considering when and where he lived, Copage's description of Jesus' physical appearance is probably correct. In fact, scientists who have looked into it believe that Jesus looked like a typical Middle Eastern Judean, as opposed to the way he is usually portrayed as a European. (Yes, Judean. The country was called Judea, that's where the term "Jews" comes from). The land wasn't called Syria Palestina till 135 years later.


After the Bar Kochba revolt in 135 CE, the Romans punished the Judeans (Jews) for revolting for the second time in sixty years. To poke those rebellious Judeans in the eye, the Romans changed the name of their country from Judea to Syria Palaestina. The Romans used Palaestina after the ancient enemy of the Jews, the Philistines. Not that there were Philistines around anymore (they had disappeared from existence around eight hundred years earlier).

The Romans also threw out many of the Judeans, creating the Jewish exile that lasted till 1948. The Byzantine Empire took control of the holy land around the year 330 C.E., and in the year 638, it was conquered by Muslim Arab forces.

Putting the timeline together, it is clear to anyone with basic math skills that Jesus can't have been a Palestinian. There was no piece of land called Palestine until a century after Jesus died, and the area wasn't controlled by Muslims until 600 years after his death.

If Jesus was a Palestinian, Christians couldn't claim that he was from the line of King David, one of the Jewish Messiah requirements.

The people claiming that Jesus was a Palestinian are trying to create a new history for the Palestinians. If they can convince people of the falsehood that Palestinians were around for two millennia, then the lie that Jews are occupying Palestinian land becomes almost logical.

Anyone who says that Jesus was a Palestinian hasn't the slightest idea of history and/or is trying to delegitimize the 3.500+ year Jewish heritage in the holy land. Both Jews and Christians believe that Jesus was a nice Judean (Jewish) boy who went into his father's business. The real disagreement between the two faiths is his father's occupation.

74% of Israelis light Chanakah Candles-Why

There is an ancient Mishnaic scroll, Megillas Ta'anis, which enumerates some 35 minor festivals that were observed during the period of the Second Temple. The Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 18b), after some debate, concludes that with the destruction of the Bayis Sheini, all of these holidays were annulled save two: Purim and Chanukah.

Clearly, with the tragic loss of our sovereignty, it made little sense to celebrate the many occasions when, during this era, Gd saved us from our oppressors. The question, of course, is why our Sages made an exception for Purim and Chanukah? We can leave the question of Purim for later. Let us now, however, try to understand what perennial message Chazal found in the Chanukah story which convinced them to extend its commemoration long after the victories of the Chashmonaim and their descendants were quashed and eclipsed by Roman domination.


Rav Soloveitchik, among other rabbinic luminaries, was of the view that the custom of lighting the Chanukah menorah in the Jewish home was enacted only after the destruction of the Second Temple, some 250 years after the Chashmonaim victory. For this reason, in the two historical accounts of the festival – the Book of Maccabees I & II and Josephus' Antiquities – while narrating the many military battles against Antiochus, there is no mention of the candle-lighting practice at all. The 8-day holiday was either to make up for the 8-day Succos festival which could not be observed because of the Greek persecution, or to memorialize the rededication of the Temple Altar which had been contaminated by the Syrian Greeks, a sanctification that would last for 8 days. Nothing, however, to commemorate the miracle of the small cruse of oil.


If Rav Soloveitchik's interpretation is correct, we must answer two questions: one, why was the miracle not remembered in some fashion during the Second Temple era; and two, what was it about this miracle that, subsequent to the churban, its observance became the central feature of Chanukah?


The Talmud tells us (Yuma 39b) that while miracles ceased after the destruction of the First Temple, they did not suddenly stop; they flickered on and off for many years. In particular, the miracle of the Menorah was extant and, hence, when the Chashmonaim kindled the Menorah, it did not prove to be such an unusual occurrence when the little oil lasted for 8 days. The more obvious and compelling event was the astonishing and unbelievable military victories of the "many into the hands of the few" (Al Hanissim Prayer). During the Second Temple period, then, Chanukah was certainly celebrated, as the Talmud states (Shabbos 21b), but with only the recitation of Hallel and Al Hanissim.


As to the second question, we must try to fathom and appreciate the sheer enormity of this catastrophic second churban. The Beis HaMikdash - destroyed and razed, the millions – killed and exiled, were both calamitous enough. But, unlike the churban of First Temple, which in its aftermath, there was at least the prophetic promise that in 70 years the Temple would be rebuilt, with the churban of the Second Temple, there was no such prophetic "silver lining." There were no prophets, no sacred text to uplift the mood of utter gloom, the black pessimism, that gripped the surviving Jewish community in the wake of the devastation of Churban Bayis Sheini. The once-proud Jew became the wandering Jew, diminished in number and damned by other faiths. How could he survive the indignities and hatred of the many?


Chazal then remembered something unique and astounding about the Temple Menorah. The Talmud asks (Shabbos 22b), for what purpose was the Menorah lit in the Tabernacle during the wanderings of the Jewish people in the desert? For illumination? Clearly not, as the Almighty provided all the night light they needed with the wondrous pillars of fire. If so then, why the Menorah lights? Answers the Talmud: "It is a testimony for all of mankind that the Divine Presence dwells with Israel."

As our ancestors entered into a dark, foreboding exile, there would be one holiday that would remind them and the world – and by extension, us as well – that no matter the persecutions and afflictions, no matter the toxic reality of anti-Semitism, Gd had not and would never abandon the Jewish People.

"עדות היא לבאי עולם שהשכינה שורה בישראל" . And with that unwavering faith, when the Jew, burdened by worry and frightened by threatening events, lights the Chanukah lamps, hope and optimism are rekindled and restored.


How does a candle generate this incredible hopefulness? King Solomon equated a candle with a mitzvah, כי נר מצוה ותורה אור"" (Mishlei 6:23). The word, מצוה, denotatively means to connect with, to join together. And it is a mitzvah to light the Menorah! And so, when the Jew hears the commanding call of a mitzvah, he can experience the very presence of his Maker – "שהשכינה שורה בישראל" - and in that acute awareness, he feels safe, confident and secure.


Yosef Mendelevich lit a makeshift Menorah in the infamous Siberian Vladimir Prison and knew he would survive the notorious depravations of that terrible incarceration. Yuli Edelstein, present speaker of the Israeli Knesset, on the night he was sent to a forced labor camp in southern Siberia, recounted how, knowing it was the second night of Chanukah, somehow found two matches and lit them. "I stood there in front of the window for a few seconds until the matches scorched my fingers. It was perhaps the shortest candles lit in history…, but that night, a little bit of light pushed away a lot of darkness."


In Israel, 74% of all Israelis light candles every night of Chanukah – an amazing statistic given the religious diversity of the Israeli politic. Apparently, the Jew knows - as he always knew - intuitively or consciously, that when thickening darkness threatens to overwhelm him, the glow of the Chanukah Menorah reminds him of his great and sacred destiny. These small lights give him the courage and resilience to endure, advance and ascend, with the absolute faith that he is not alone, that "שהשכינה שורה בישראל."

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Monday, December 30, 2019

8 Classic Jewish Teachings About Jerusalem and Strawberry fields forever and Happy Chanukah final day and Jerusalem Opens New Section Of Famed Ramparts Walk-let me know if you want to come with me and I will arrange a time for us to take a tour

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Baal Shem Tov

We should not laugh at the person who becoming caught up in his prayer bends his body or moves about in strange ways. Perhaps he moves in this manner to wave off unwelcome thoughts that would interrupt the prayer. Would we find it funny if we saw a person drowning going through strange motions doing whatever was necessary to save his life?

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Holy City of Jerusalem?

ow Much Do You Know About The Holy City of Jerusalem?Test your knowledge with this short quiz.

Created By Chabad.org

How many names is Jerusalem given in Judaism?





2) Did King David build the fortifications known as the 'Tower of David' (Migdal David)?


Yes, but they were to added to and rebuilt later

No, the towers and fortifications have nothing to do with King David

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Which of the following is correct regarding Jerusalem?

One spouse may compel the other to move to Jerusalem or grant them a divorce

A corpse may not be left in the city overnight

Certain tithes may only be eaten within its walls

All of the above

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When Israeli paratroopers recaptured the Western Wall in 1967, for how many years had the wall been under Jordanian rule?

19 years, since the War of Independence

More than 400 years, following the collapse of the Mamluk empire

It had not been under Jordanian rule at all, since it had been administered by an international force

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Which mountain is the site of the past and future Holy Temples?

Mount of Olives

Mount Moriah

Mount Scopus

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What is the 'messiah clause' in a Jerusalem lease agreement?

A clause requiring the tenant to move out to make space for Kohanim upon the arrival of Moshiach

A clause prohibiting the landlord from raising rent when Moshiach arrives

A clause requiring the tenant to move out and make way for the owner when Moshiach comes

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After which war was the — now famous — Chabad "tefillin stand" set up at the Western Wall?

The Six Day War of 1967

The Suez Crisis of 1956

The Yom Kippur War of 1972

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Place the following rulers of Jerusalem in proper chronological order:

Queen Salome Alexandra, King Solomon, King David, King Hezekiah

King David, King Solomon, Queen Salome Alexandra, King Hezekiah,

King Hezekiah, King David, King Solomon, Queen Salome Alexandra

King David, King Solomon, King Hezekiah, Queen Salome Alexandra

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On which of the following days do we mourn the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem?

The 10th of Tishrei - Yom Kippur

The 3rd of Tishrei - Tzom Gedeliah

The 9th of Av - Tisha B'Av

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8 Classic Jewish Teachings About Jerusalem

Jerusalem, always in our hearts. Stamped into the DNA of the Jewish people. What is so special about this city? Here are 8 Jewish teachings about the uniqueness of this sacred spot, the sadness of its destruction and the promise of its rebirth.

1. The Most Beautiful City"Jerusalem" © by Alex Levin

Not only was Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish nation, it is considered the most beautiful city on earth. In the words of the Talmud (Kiddushin 49b):

Ten measures of beauty were given to the world. Nine were taken by Jerusalem, and one was distributed all over earth.

2. The Gate of Heaven"The Wailing Wall" by Carl Werner.

The Western Wall is one of the most well-known sites in Israel and the world. It has another, lesser known, name as well: "The Wailing Wall." This moniker was coined by Arabs, who saw the Jews stream there to pour out their hearts before their Father in Heaven.

The connection between Jerusalem and Jewish prayer runs thick and deep. Regarding Jacob's sleep in Jerusalem, the Midrash (Pirkei Drabbi Eliezer 35) records:

Jacob arose in the morning and said: "The house of G‑d is in this place!" . . . From here we infer that anyone who prays in this place, in Jerusalem, is considered to be praying before the Divine Throne, because that is the place of the gate to heaven, with an open door to He who hears prayers. Indeed, Jacob says, "This is the gate to heaven."

3. Why Was Jerusalem Destroyed?The Destruction of Jerusalem by David Roberts

Jerusalem's stunning beauty was cut short when it was destroyed by enemy invaders, who left the city, including the Holy Temple, in ruins. The sages attribute many factors as reasons for the destruction. Here is one (Bava Metzia 30b):

Rabbi Yochanan says: Jerusalem was destroyed because [the courts] adjudicated cases on the basis of Torah law in the city. What else should they have done? Should they rather have adjudicated cases arbitrarily? Rather [the problem was that] that they established their rulings on the basis of Torah law and did not go beyond the letter of the law.

4. Mourning and ResurrectionOutside Jerusalem's Shechem Gate circa 1900

The destruction of Jerusalem cut deeper than mere rock and plaster. Jerusalem in its glory was a place where G‑dliness was felt. Even today, when Jerusalem has been built bigger and bolder than ever before, we still mourn over the light-filled Jerusalem of yore. Thus, we read (Taanit 30b):

Anyone who mourns over Jerusalem will merit to see its gladness.

5. Jerusalem Above, Jerusalem BelowJews at the Western Wall by Alexandre Bida

Jerusalem has a sister city, the ethereal "Jerusalem of above." Corresponding to the physical city in the Judean hills, there is the Jerusalem of the spiritual realms. Obviously, this city endures forever, unaffected by enemy marauders. Nonetheless Rabbi Yochanan states (Taanit 5a):

Said the Holy One blessed be He: I will not enter the upper Jerusalem until I will enter the lower Jerusalem.

When Moshiach will restore Jerusalem to its glory, the spiritual Jerusalem will be redeemed as well.

6. A Brilliant Future"Jerusalem" © by Alex Levin

Thank G‑d, Jerusalem is pulsating with Jewish life. Yet the Jews in Jerusalem live under threat of terror attack. We eagerly await the day when the words of the prophet (Zechariah 8:3) will be fulfilled:

So said the L‑rd: I will return to Zion, and I will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem shall be called the city of truth, and the mount of the L‑rd of Hosts [shall be called] the holy mountain.

7. From Zion"Jerusalem of the Future" © by Michoel Muchnik

The prophet (Michah 4:2) tells of the day when Jerusalem will be the source of G‑dly awareness for all people:

And many nations shall go, and they shall say, "Come, let us go up to the L‑rd's mount and to the house of the G‑d of Jacob, and let Him teach us of His ways, and we will go in His paths," for out of Zion shall the Torah come forth, and the word of the L‑rd from Jerusalem.

8. It's in Our Hands!

We can be the ones to bring Jerusalem—and indeed, the entire world—to the spiritual fulfillment for which it had been created by G‑d. The prophets (Isaiah 1:27) remind us that:

Zion will be redeemed in judgement, and her captives with tzedakah.

Through our Torah study and performance of mitzvahs, especially giving charity, we will merit the ultimate redemption.

May it be speedily in our days. Amen!

Jerusalem Opens New Section Of Famed Ramparts Walk

JERUSALEM LIFEJerusalem Opens New Section Of Famed Ramparts Walk

One of the best ways to tour the Old City of Jerusalem is from above via the South Ramparts Walk, from Jaffa Gate to the Western Wall. After about five years of work, the full North Ramparts Walk route is now open. It stretches about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from Jaffa Gate to Lions' Gate, with a bird's-eye view of the Christian and Muslim Quarters and the Mount of Olives. Infrastructure such as balustrades and lighting have been installed. North Ramparts walkers also will see the Temple Mount, Santa Ana Crusader Church, A-Sahara neighborhood, Rockefeller Museum, Mount Scopus, Mount of Olives and the Kidron (Jehoshaphat) Valley.

The Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage spent ₪11 million ($3.2 million) for the project, undertaken by the East Jerusalem Development Company (PAMI).
"For years, the Old City of Jerusalem has not realized its tourist potential. The new section will allow the millions of tourists in Jerusalem to experience the city on a route that allows both a view into the Old City and from the walls outward," said Minister of Jerusalem and Heritage Ze'ev Elkin.

"This project joins tourism projects that will increase the number of visitors each year such as the cable car, accessibility of the Old City alleys and the renovation of the Old City's urban space," said Elkin.

The walks are not accessible to people with disabilities or to wheelchairs and strollers.

The South Ramparts Walk is open Sunday-Thursday, 9-4 (July-August to 10pm) and Friday and holiday eves to 2pm. The North Ramparts Walk is open Sunday-Thursday and Saturday from 9-4 (summer to 5pm). Each side takes about an hour and a half to complete.

Ticket is valid for both sections, for two days. Fees: adult ₪20, student/retiree ₪10, child/soldier ₪8. Purchase tickets online or at box offices at Cannon Plaza (the back entrance of the Tower of David, to the right of Jaffa Gate square); on the left-hand side after entering Jaffa Gate; or at Roman Square.

If you don't have a guide, download a free audio guide in the "Vocal Tours in Jerusalem" app for Android or iOS.
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The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever

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See you tomorrow bli neder and Happy Chanukah final day

Love Yehuda Lave

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

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