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Jerusalem Reunification Monopoly Tour: Day 6

For today's tour around the special edition Jerusalem Monopoly board, released in honor of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification, we are visiting lions, of stone and of flesh, and beginning at one the city's oldest gates, to end at its newest.

Jerusalem Monopoly

Lion's Gate

Jerusalem Lion's Gate
Leiris202, cc-by-2.0


One of the seven gates in the ramparts that surround the Old City of Jerusalem, Lion's Gate features prominently in the story of Jerusalem's liberation 50 years ago. It was through this gate that Israeli forces first entered the Old City, which had been closed to Jews and Christians for 19 years. From there, the Jerusalem Brigade made it to the Western Wall.

The gate, built in the 1500s by Suleiman the Magnificient is named after the reliefs of lions carved on either side of the entry way. Apparently, the animals depicted are really leopards, but everyone thinks they're lions.

The Biblical Zoo

For some live lions (or leopards, if you prefer), we head to the Tisch Family Biblical Zoo.

Jerusalem Zoo leopard
Alexander Muvtzin, cc-by-2.5


Jerusalem Zoo lion
Alexander Muvtzin, cc-by-2.5


Jerusalem Zoo crested crane
Alexander Muvtzin, cc-by-2.5


And we conclude the day at the entrance to Jerusalem:

The Calatrava Bridge of Strings

Jerusalem’s newest and tallest landmark is its Calatrava bridge – officially Gesher Hameitarim, the Bridge of Strings. The bold structure was designed by award-winning architect Santiago Calatrava, known for his many visually striking bridges and buildings around the world. Meant to recall King David's harp, the bridge is certainly a striking landmark at the main city entrance...

Jerusalem Calatrava bridge of strings
Yehudit Garinkol, cc-by-2.5


Trump in Jerusalem

Guess who's in town today?

US President Trump made history today as the first US president to visit the Western Wall in Israel during his time in office.

Trump in Jerusalem
US Embassy, Israeli


Our Jerusalem Monopoly tour is late. Since all major roads in, out and around Jerusalem have been closed for Trump's visit since yesterday, it's only to be expected our travels got a bit waylaid, too. ;)

Jerusalem 50th Anniversary Monopoly: Day 5

For today's tour around the special edition Jerusalem Monopoly board, released in honor of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification, we are hitting three sites that span several thousand years.

Jerusalem Monopoly

The Old City Ramparts

The Old City of Jerusalem is encircled by protective ramparts. The present walls of Jerusalem were built by Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century when he restored the ancient walls of the city, and they have served as military fortifications ever since.

ramparts in Jerusalem


Visitors can walk the top of the ramparts for much of the distance around the Old City, getting an intimate peek at private courtyards within and a stunning view of the new city beyond. Find out more...

Meah Shearim


Meah Shearim, Jerusalem
Saimiri, cc-by-2.5


Next, we take a stroll through Meah Shearim, one of Jerusalem's religious neighborhoods. It is one of the earliest neighborhoods built outside the Old City walls. In the 19th century, plans were made to build an enclave of 100 apartments surrounded by a protective wall. Thus the name of the neighborhood: Meah Shearim means "a hundred gates." But 140 people signed up and not too long after its inauguration, there were 300 homes squeezed together in an area meant for 100. You'll get a sense of that walking through the alleys of this neighborhood where it often seems to onlookers that the inhabitants are also from a different century.

This is a neighborhood of large families, charitable organizations, soup kitchens, yeshivas (places of Talmudic learning) and Chassidic courts — a community that lives on a different plane entirely.

Hebrew University

From here, we head up to Mount Scopus, home of Hebrew University, Jerusalem’s most famous institution of secular higher learning.

Meah Shearim, Jerusalem
Saimiri, cc-by-2.5


In the University's botanical gardens, you can also visit the grave of Nicanor of Alexandria. In the days of King Herod, Nicanor brought two huge bronze gates from Alexandria to donate to the Second Temple.

Enjoy stunning views that overlook both the city of Jerusalem, on the other side, the stark Judean desert, and the Dead Sea. Take a moment from the heights of Mt. Scopus to overlook the Temple Mount and bask in the beauty that is Jerusalem!

Two more days to Jerusalem Day, the 50th anniversary of our reunification!

Jerusalem Jubilee Monopoly: Day 4

Shavua Tov! We're cruising right along on our fourth day of Jerusalem Monopoly and counting down to Jerusalem Day on Monday!

Jerusalem Monopoly


Today, our three next locations around the Monopoly board make for a great day of sightseeing. They are:

The Israel Museum


Israel Museum


More like seven museums in one, the Israel Museum is home to the Dead Sea Scrolls, a fabulous model of Jerusalem as it was at the time of the second Temple. It also boasts an enchanting sculpture garden and art collections that can keep you coming back again and again. The roof of the Shrine of the Book alone is worth a visit! Find out more here.

Machane Yehuda


Machane Yehuda Market


After a tour of the museum, a stroll through Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem's open-air market, is just the ticket. Enjoy one of the many restaurants or browse among the stalls of fresh produce and Middle Eastern delicacies.

If your group wants to turn the experience into a crazy fun scavenger hunt, sign up for Israel Scaventure's Shuk Dash. In this competitive race against time and each other, group participants are challenged to complete a list of missions in Mahane Yehuda while learning more about this colorful neighborhood. Find someone from Libya? Take a selfie with a fish? Come on, you can do it! Find out more and book now.

Montefiore Windmill

Following the hustle and bustle of the shuk, it is time for a peaceful chance to breathe in the charms of Jerusalem.

Montefiore windmill
Meirbe, cc-by-2.5

The Montefiore Windmill is a cherished Jerusalem landmark, replete with history, charm, legends of curses and modern-day rebirths. It's a gorgeous place with gorgeous views overlooking the old city.

P.S. This post is being issued after the Sabbath ends in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Monopoly: Day 3

We're counting down to the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem with our magical Jerusalem Monopoly tour.

Jerusalem Monopoly


We've reached the second side of the board and today we start with:

Ammunition Hill

The best site on the board to commemorate Jerusalem Day with.Ammunition Hill, scene of a vital Six-Day War battle, is one of Jerusalem's most moving sites.

Ammunition Hill
Avichai Teichter, cc-by-2.5


This place, now a museum, has become a modern Israeli symbol of heroism under fire. It is where the main induction ceremony for Israeli paratroopers takes place. Read more about it here.

Our second stop of the day is not too far, especially if we hop on the Light Rail:

Western Wall

Jerusalem's heart and the holiest site in Judaism, this is the last remnant of the Temple of Jerusalem. The Western Wall, a house of prayer for all nations, is a must on any visit to the Holy City.

Western Wall Plaza


And after all that, it's time for some fine dining and relaxation at:

The First Station

The First Station is the place for some food, funky stores, fun activities like bike and Segway tours, and if you're lucky some live music.

Craft booths at the First Station in Jerusalem


Enjoy - and tune in after Shabbat for our next three locations...

Jerusalem 50 Year Jubilee Monopoly Tour

For today's tour around the special edition Jerusalem Monopoly board, released in honor of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification, we've got an interesting trio of locations from different eras.

Jerusalem Monopoly


Here we go:

The President's Residence

In Hebrew, it's known as Beit Hanassi. Located at 3 HaNasi Street, Beit Hanassi is smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood. That was totally intentional.

Beit Hanasi Israel President Residence


Our first president, Chaim Weizman, lived in his own home in Jerusalem. Our second, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, did too — a small apartment in the Rehavia neighborhood of Jerusalem. He used a wooden shack as an official reception room.

Following in this simple, humble tradition, when the government decided it was time to build an official residence, Israel's third president, Zalman Shazar, insisted the edifice be built in a residential neighborhood of Jerusalem — not apart from the people. It is built of Eilat granite and Jerusalem stone. The residence houses a vast collection of artwork by Israeli artists, including a sculpture garden.

The residence is open to the public several times a year.

Mamilla Mall

Now for some shopping. Mamilla Mall is next. History, artwork, restaurants and shopping — it's the perfect package.

Mamilla Mall Jerusalem


After stocking up on Ahava Dead Sea products and enjoying a refreshing limonana - crushed mint, lemonade and ice - it's time to head into the Old City.

The Tower of David

The Tower of David is a fascinating window into the many, many layers of history in this city.

Tower of David Jerusalem


The tower itself is part of a what is now a museum complex where you can cover 3,000 years of history in a space smaller than a city block. This is also the setting for Jerusalem's famed light and sound show. (The special sound and light show for the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification, however, will take place outside the Old City walls, on May 23, 2017, at 20.55, and will be best view from the far end of Mamilla Mall or Teddy Park).

Tune in tomorrow for our next three locations!

Jerusalem Jubilee: 50 Years Since the Reunification of Jerusalem

Next week marks the 50th anniversary since the reunification of Jerusalem. Fifty years since people of all faiths — Jews, Christians and Muslims — are once again allowed to worship freely in the Holy City.

Jerusalem Jubilee


This is going to be an especially significant Jerusalem Day and the city is celebrating with an array of events of all types, from a once-in-a-life-time sound and light show on the ramparts of the Old City, to all night street parties. They're all listed on the Municipality's website.

Our family has been celebrating since Passover, back in April, when we got our very own copy of the special edition Jerusalem Monopoly game.

Jerusalem Monopoly


Isn't this the coolest thing? Buy the Western Wall instead of Boardwalk. Stop by Machane Yehuda or build a hotel by Teddy Stadium. While we've got some quibbles over valuation (who really believes the Calatrava Bridge is worth so much more than the Western Wall? I mean, the bridge is nice, but it's the Western Wall, folks — built by Solomon, King David, King Herod; the holiest site to Jews all over the world, a house of prayer for all nations!) it is really fun to play Monopoly through the Holy City.

So in honor of Jerusalem Day, we decided to have a go around the board:

Jerusalem Monopoly


We've got 21 locations from the board, 7 days to visit them...

Starting at Go, our first stop is Mt. Herzl. The mountain is the site of Theodore Herzl's grave, a museum dedicated to his life's work and a lovely garden.

Theodore Herzl museum

Let's hop on the Light Rail at Yad Vashem, just up the street, because next up, all the way on the other side town, is another grave on another mountain, but this time, it is the Tomb of King David on Mt. Zion.

Hasbro decided to give us lots of exercise, because the third stop is Teddy Stadium, back all the way on the other side of town. This modern stadium opened in 1992. It is named after Teddy Kollek, a long-time mayor of Jerusalem. The stadium is home to several football (soccer) teams, including Beitar Yerushalayim.

Jerusalem Teddy Stadium


That's it for today. Tune in tomorrow for our next three locations!

Happy Independence Day, Israel!

Today, Israel celebrates its 69th birthday!



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Jerusalem Song

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Jerusalem Events in March: The Best Things to Do in Jerusalem

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First Temple Period Papyrus Mentions Jerusalem - in Hebrew

The discovery of first written mention of Jerusalem from the time of the First Temple was just announced by the Israel Antiquities Authority this week.



From the press release:

"A rare and important find was exposed in an enforcement operation initiated by the IAA’s Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery: a document written on papyrus and dating to the time of the First Temple (seventh century BCE) in which the name of the city of Jerusalem is clearly indicated. This is the earliest extra-biblical source to mention Jerusalem in Hebrew writing.

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"This is a rare and original shipping document from the time of the First Temple, indicating the payment of taxes or transfer of goods to storehouses in Jerusalem, the capital city of the kingdom at this time. The document specifies the status of the sender of the shipment (the king’s maidservant), the name of the settlement from which the shipment was dispatched (Na?arat), the contents of the vessels (wine), their number or amount (jars) and their destination (Jerusalem). Na?artah, which is mentioned in the text, is the same Na?arat that is referred to in the description of the border between Ephraim and Benjamin in Joshua 16:7: 'And it went down from Janohah to Ataroth, and to Na?arat, and came to Jericho, and went out at Jordan.'

"According to Dr. Eitan Klein ... “The document represents extremely rare evidence of the existence of an organized administration in the Kingdom of Judah. It underscores the centrality of Jerusalem as the economic capital of the kingdom in the second half of the seventh century BCE. According to the Bible, the kings Menashe, Amon, or Josiah ruled in Jerusalem at this time; however, it is not possible to know for certain which of the kings of Jerusalem was the recipient of the shipment of wine."

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"Biblical scholar Prof. (Emeritus) Shmuel Ahituv attests ... “Also outstanding in the document is the unusual status of a woman in the administration of the Kingdom of Judah in the seventh century BCE."

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"According to the Minister of Culture and Sport, MK Miri Regev, "The discovery of the papyrus on which the name of our capital Jerusalem is written is further tangible evidence that Jerusalem was and will remain the eternal capital of the Jewish people. It is our duty to take care of the plundering of antiquities that occurs in the Judean Desert, and no less important than this is exposing the deceit of false propaganda as is once again happening today in UNESCO. The Temple Mount, the very heart of Jerusalem and Israel, will remain the holiest place for the Jewish people, even if UNESCO ratifies the false and unfortunate decision another ten times.”

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Happy 68th Birthday, Israel!

Happy Yom Haatzmaut!



Memorial Day - Yom Hazikaron 2016

On this day, we pause to remember the Israeli soldiers who have fallen to protect our country, and to thank the IDF soldiers who each and every day put their lives on the line to protect ours.

Holocaust Rememberance Day in Jerusalem

May 5, 2016, is Holocaust Remembrance Day - Yom Hashoah - in Israel. It begins at nightfall on May 4.

The following is a virtual tour of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem's Holocaust memorial and museum.



Hamantaschen Recipe

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Travel to Israel - Is It Safe?

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Tisha B'Av in Jerusalem

On the 9th of Av, we mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temple in Jerusalem.

To this day, it the saddest day of the Jewish year, the saddest day in Jerusalem.

Courtesy of Aish.com


The 9th of Av falls on Saturday, July 24, this year, which is a Sabbath day. As there is no mourning allowed on Sabbath, the fast day and mourning are pushed off until Sunday.

It is not an official holiday, so transportation will run as usual and some stores may be open. Many people, however, will be fasting from Saturday night until nightfall Sunday and thousands of people will flock to pray the Western Wall, the only remnant of the Temple.

As we contemplate Jerusalem's downfall, her brutal destruction and miraculous rebirth, may we all have a meaningful Tisha B'Av.


Happy Yom Ha'atzma'ut, Israel!

Memorial Day - Yom Hazikaron 2015

On this day, we pause to remember the 23,320 Israeli soldiers who have fallen to protect our country, and to thank the IDF soldiers who each and every day put their lives on the line to protect ours.

Gazelle Valley Opens in Jerusalem

Gazelle Valley is finally open to the public. So if you want to escape Passover cleaning for a stroll in nature - and a chance to spot a gazelle - come on over.

The park's site was the subject of a long, desperate struggle between Jerusalem residents, who wanted to save this endangered open space (and its native, wild gazelles) and developers. The residents won and the city renovated the area into a public part, for the enjoyment of residents and the protection of the gazelles.

The park is free. Go early in the morning and bring binoculars if you want to spot some wildlife.


Jerusalem Events: The Best Things to Do in April

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Happy Purim!



Purim card


Watch the Desert Bloom

The desert mountains of Israel look as arid as can be during the summer months. It's hard to believe how different it can look after a little life-giving rain.

Watch the Judean desert bloom in this beautiful video by Amir Aloni.


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Happy Eigth Day of Hannukah!



hannukah menorahs in Jerusaelm


Hanukah in Jerusalem

During Hannukah, you'll see people in Jerusalem lighting chanukiyot - menorahs - almost everywhere. If you are out and about in the early evening, there are also public candle lighting ceremonies at Mamilla Mall and at the Western Wall, at about 16:30.)

Here's a preview of what you'll see, courtesy of Israel21c, our favorite Israeli technology blog. Happy Hanukah, everyone!



Oh, and all those donuts in the video? Here's how to make your own Chanukah baked doughnuts. There's still time to make them!

Happy Chanukah!

Tuesday night marks the start of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah. All over Jerusalem, we'll be lighting the first of the holiday's eight lights after nightfall.

Here's what it's all about. And Chanukah same'ach, as we say in Hebrew.

Happy Chanukah!


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The Shabbos Project - Are You In?

Tomorrow night, something incredible will be happening. More people than ever before will be keeping Shabbos, together.

What is the Shabbos Project?

In 2013, over 70,000 people in South Africa committed to keeping one Shabbos. The incredible project took on a life of its own.

This year, the Shabbos Project is going global. This coming Shabbos, October 24/25, communities around the world will be disengaging from the everyday world to focus on their families, their children, their spouses, their friends, on their traditions, their community, their spirituality - together.

The project has gone viral.



Tonight, in Jerusalem, women gathered at the First Train Station with celebrity chef Jaime Geller for the Great Challah Bake. Similar community challah bakes will be taking place all over the world today.

And Friday night, more Jews than ever before will be lighting Shabbos candles - together - to usher in this incredible day.

Will you be one of us?

Find the toolkit, instructions, friends and coaches here: www.theshabbosproject.org.



Join the Shabbos Project on Facebook here.

Together we can change our lives, our people, our world.

Will you be keeping it together, too?


Tofaah's Jerusalem Song - Aye Yerushalayim

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Gmar Chatima Tova and an Easy Fast



Yom Kippur shofar card
Photo: Paul Jacobson, cc-by-sa-3.0.


Jerusalem Scavenger Hunts Open Events

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Last Chance on
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Rosh Hashana Hebrew class sale


Join eTeacher's on-line classes now, and start a New Year learning a new language at a great discount. Learn modern Hebrew with the best teachers in Israel, from the comfort of your home or office, and adjusted to your schedule.

(Read what we think of these amazing classes here.)

We wish you a Happy New Year, a new start, happiness and fulfillment.

A Good Year - Happy Rosh Hashanah



Rosh Hashana greeting card


Who knew last Rosh Hashanah that by the time the year was up, we would have gone through the lows and the highs that we have witnessed over the past twelve months?

We've faced bitter tragedies and at the same time been stunned at the glowing displays of unity and the outpouring of love and support from around the world that illuminated the darkness.

Rather than focus on the difficult, in my last post before the holidays I want to focus on the positive.

Here are some morsels of hopeful facts about Jerusalem that did not make the news in the last year:

  • Israel's population reached 8,904,373 in 2014. Jerusalem remains the country's largest city by population, with approximately 805,000 residents, almost twice as many as the next largest city, Tel Aviv. It is also the largest city by area.

  • Israel has one of the highest birth rates in the Western world - and Jerusalem the highest birthrate in the country - 4.24 children per woman compared to 2.98 in the rest of the country.

  • Jerusalemites live up to being People of the Book. We are not only proud of the Shrine of the Book - the iconic building at the Israel Museum that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. We live our love of books daily. Israel is the world's second highest publisher of new books per capita and the country where people buy the most books per capita. And in Israel, Jerusalemites buy more books by far than anyone else.

  • I don't know if all those new babies or all the book reading are what's doing it, but 63% of Jerusalemites consider themselves optimists and a whopping 92% of us are happy with our lives.


That's pretty awesome. But then again, we get to live in one of the greatest cities on earth - and it seems we know it!

As we prepare for what we hope will be a year of peace, I want to thank all you dear readers for standing by us and wish you a peaceful shana tova. Not just a happy year, a good year.

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Dates of Jewish Holidays and Official Israel Holidays

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Wozniak: Israel One of the Best Expriences!

The Woz in Israel!

We've had our share of celebrities coming to Israel to show their support this summer but the most exciting one yet, at least for Israel's hi-tech sector, is undoubtedly Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple. He was here this week and spoke with Hillel Fuld about his first trip to Israel.



Take note of what the Woz says: he visited Jerusalem, and especially the City of David. (Ergo - so should you!)



Speaking at the annual EduAction conference on education, Wozniak called his visit to Israel "one of my best experiences ever." He visited several Israeli start-ups and spoke on the importance of integrating technology into creative education. Not only did he come to the conference, unlike several other celebrities who bailed out, Mr. Wozniak even made a visit to the front-line communities on the Gaza border to see for himself what is really going. (Best quote of the day: "Hamas rockets are bad technology.") Well done, sir!

This was just the first of many visits to come.

And he wants to learn Hebrew. (Interested? Here's how to learn to speak Hebrew.)


HaYovel's Pro-Israel Anthem

HaYovel - a Christian group - released this video of its touching new song in support of Israel.



Israel, You're Not Alone was written by Zac Waller, who founded Hayovel.

HaYovel don't just sing - they walk their talk in a big way: The group is bringing 500 volunteers from around the world to Israel this fall.

The volunteers aren't here for a vacation. They'll be working on farms in Judea and Samaria to help support the country's economy during its war against Hamas.

The groups leaders are here already, preparing for their volunteers' arrival. They recently sat down for a chat with Arutz 7:



Thank you Zac, thank you HaYovel. This is a beautiful song -- and a beautiful thing you're doing.

G-d bless you.

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Chutzot Hayotzer

People flocked to Chutzot Hayotzer, Jerusalem's International Arts and Crafts Fair, this week. If it wasn't as crowded as usual, at least it was easier to get to all the booths we wanted to visit.

The international pavilion is always fun, highlighting the many different ways human beings around the planet express their creativity.

Jerusalem arts and craft fair girl with hat


Trying hats in Madagascar.



girl at hutzot hayotzer Jerusalem arts and craft fair


Our favorite part, though, is the section where local craftspeople and artists exhibit their wares.

cupcake sign hutzot hayotzer Jerusalem arts and craft fair


This maker of original signs has the right idea about the correlation between cupcakes and happiness, though. (I say it applies to muffins, too.)

owl painting on chair Jerusalem arts and craft fair


Love owls. This one is hand painted on the back of a chair, hence the hole beneath its beak.

The highlight of the show for my however was my first real-life encounter with a 3-D printer.

3-D printer Jerusalem arts and craft fair


This one belongs to Emzip, which creates custom-designed Judaica from 3-D printed ceramic that is then plated with silver. They can also 3-D scan your face and those of your family, turn you all into chess pieces. A friendly family game, anyone?

As of this afternoon, the fair's organizers say the fair is still on tonight and operating as per instructions of the Home Front Command.

It runs until August 23, from 18:00-23:00, Saturday 21:00-midnight.

Get your tickets ahead of time by calling *6226 or at the entrance.

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The 9th of Av

Today marks the 1944th year since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.

The Beis Hamikdash temple in Jerusaelm


This morning, a barrage of rockets fired from Gaza was aimed at Jerusalem. They missed, but that's not the point.

1944 years later, our enemies still are trying to destroy Jerusalem. In the year 70 CE, they might have thought that they had suceeded: The Romans had killed most of the population, expelled the rest or sold them as slaves, burnt the city to the ground and on its ruins built a new city, no Jews allowed.

But Aelia Capitolina and the fall of Jerusalem is now just a footnote in history, a few ruins preserved under the present-day Jerusalem Convention Center.

Our enemeies may still surround us, but Jerusalem is still here.



The temple in Jerusaelm


Eternity means Jerusalem, says the Talmud in Tractate Brachot. We intend to stay, long after those who wish us ill have, they too, disappeared in the far distant annals of history.

"Whoever mourns for Jerusalem will be meritorious and will see its rejoicing," promises the Talmud.

May we soon all rejoice in Yerushalayim Habenuya -- the rebuilt Jerusalem.


10 Things You Can Do to Help Israel

Not all of us can be on the front lines, defending our country, but we can all help in our own way. Here's a list of 10 things you can do to help Israel right now, in her hour of need:

support Israel Jewish star


  • Adopt a soldier to protect through your acts of kindness and prayer. The Shmira Project matches participants up with an IDF soldier's name. Participants dedicate their acts of kindness and prayers to the safety of "their" soldier. It's free to sign and the sense of personal connection generated is priceless.

  • Pray for our troops. The traditional prayer for the defenders of our country can be found here.

  • Send donations or care packages to our soldiers. There's been such a deluge of homemade meals and clean underwear being delivered to the front lines by civilians that the IDF has asked that future donations be made only through the official Libi Fund.


  • Support our lone soldiers. Young men and women who leave their families behind to come volunteer for the IDF, ready to risk their lives to defend the Holy Land, especially need our support. They have no family here and need a home away from home. The Lone Soldier Center provides that and a little extra nurturing for them.


  • Help save lives by supporting United Hatzalah, Israel's volunteer emergency and paramedic services.


  • Provide some fun and entertainment for special-needs children who desperately need a break from the constant barrage of missile attacks and terror. Donations can be made either to our charity fund for special-needs children or through IYIM's Project fun.


  • Buy Israeli. Shop blue & white to support the Israeli economy.


  • Stay informed. Get your facts right with reliable news sources such as Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and Honest Reporting.

  • Send a prayer to the Wall. Even now, we are here to deliver your prayers to the Western Wall in Jerusalem for you. (Your prayers are strictly confidential and are deleted from our system as soon as they are delivered to the Wall.) This is a free service that we consider a privilege to provide. Jewish tradition, however, teaches that prayer and charity, together, have the power to change Divine decrees. So please consider super-charging your prayer with a donation to our charity fund for disabled children in Jerusalem. Your donation, however small, will help provide much needed services, therapy and medications for severely disabled children in Jerusalem, and this difficult time, a chance to play and laugh, too.


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