Dear Friends
Come to Jerusalem, to the Kotel, on Monday evening.  Join the dancing, the music, the celebrations of Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day.  If you can't be here, join the festivities from home by watching live broadcasts from the Western Wall Plaza on this site.  Grab an Israeli flag and dance in front of your computer screen!
For on this day, 38 years ago, the Jewish people regained their national treasure.
This month’s newsletter will get you in the mood to celebrate, with articles about the song The Kotel, the Six Day War, personal stories, and much more.  What happened on the 28th of Iyar, June 7th, 1967?
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An integral element of the story of the liberation of the Kotel is the sound of the shofar (ram's horn) that shook the air on the 7th of June 1967. The man who blew that historic shofar blast which caused peoples' hearts to tremble was Rabbi Shlomo Goren, the first Chief Rabbi of the IDF.  Who was this great man? Read more... Print version...



This past month was full of events and visitors from around the world.  First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Laura Bush, as well as other dignitaries, came to pay their respects.  March of the Living participants ended their emotional journey from Poland at the Wall, proving that the Jewish spirit lives on.  This week is Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, marking 38 years since Jerusalem’s reunification.  All this and more at the place where the Jewish heart beats. The Kotel. Read more... Print version...



"There are people with hearts of stone. There are stones with human hearts." There is a fascinating story behind this famous song, The Kotel.  It is also not the first to find the heart in the stones of the Kotel.  Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook did as well.  In this month's Reflections, we bring you the song, the Rav's writing, and the stories behind these stones with human hearts. Read more...    Print version...



The Six Day War, the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem, was an amazingly exciting time in our history.  This month’s Chronicles gives you firsthand descriptions of the battles written by soldiers who took part in them.  What did Motta Gur say to his soldiers on the Temple Mount?  What did Yitzhak Rabin say about their tears on that incredible day of June 7th, 1967? Read more...   Print version...



Amazingly, a large percentage of the Israel Defense Forces has never been to Jerusalem and to the Western Wall.  We, at the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, are trying to change that by bringing soldiers to Jerusalem for a full day tour of their capital city and to show them that they are a link in the long chain of defenders of the city.  "Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted guardians..." Read more...  Print version...



Photographs often capture emotion in a way that words cannot describe.  Of all the photographs associated with the minutes immediately after the liberation of the Kotel on June 7, 1967, this is probably the one that is most recognized.  In this famous photograph, three battle-weary paratroopers pause to contemplate the immensity of the moment, as they stand awe-struck in the front of the Western Wall. Read more... Print version...



In this month's Yearning selection, we chose to show you a unique and special Menorah. To see Menorah...  Print version...



"Project Moriah" brings soldiers from all around Israel to Jerusalem and to the Western Wall, some for the very first time.  In this short and moving film, watch the soldiers of today's Israel Defense Forces explain what Jerusalem means to them. Watch film...



         
In 1988, the government of Israel established the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. The Foundation's objectives are to convey to all segments of the Jewish people the spirit and the heritage of the Western Wall and Jerusalem, to preserve and develop the Western Wall and Tunnels complex, and to develop educational frameworks that link Jews everywhere to our eternal chain of generations.


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