Orthodox Jews on the Temple Mount.
(photo credit: MENACHEM SHLOMO)
My father, a Six Day War veteran, has often described to me the feeling in the air as he heard over the radio the news that the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall, and the Temple Mount had been captured while he was fighting in the Golan; the ecstasy, the euphoria, the feeling of complete and utter triumph.The exhausted young soldiers, raw from the fighting and the death, immediately burst out with a gusto they did not know they still had in them into Naomi Shemer’s “Jerusalem of Gold.” All these years later, the song still holds so much emotion for him.
This Jerusalem Day marked 51 years since that miraculous moment, since Motte Gur’s message was broadcast across the country: “Har Habayit Biyadenu!” “The Temple Mount is in our hands!”
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