Yom Yerushalayim comes on May 24 or May 23 of every year. Yom Yerushalayim is the other name called Jerusalem Day is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the demonstration of Israeli control over the Old City in consequence of the June 1967 Six-Day War. The day regularly marked by state ceremonies and memorial services. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel represented Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to celebrate the regaining of an entrance to the Western Wall.
One of the themes of Jerusalem Day, based on a verse from the Book of Psalms, is “Ke’ir shechubra lah yachdav”—”Built-up Jerusalem is like a city that was joined together”
This day also involves performances of the Hallel prayer for praise and thanksgiving in synagogues in street parades, parties, singing and dancing and special meals including lectures on the history and future of Jerusalem. Yom Yerushalayim is a known holiday in Israel. It is not a popular holiday in countries like Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Despite, many Jewish groups may be closed and offer a limited service to held the special events.
History of Yom Yerushalayim
It is under 1947 UN Severance Plan which suggested the demonstration of two states in the British Mandate of Palestine in a Jewish state. And an Arab country at Jerusalem that was to be an international city, not exclusively Arab neither Jewish for ten years, at which point a plebiscite be held by Jerusalem residents to resolve which country to join. The Jewish leadership allowed the plan, including the internationalization of Jerusalem, but the Arabs denied the nomination.
As early as Israel declared its independence in 1948, it was charged by its Arab acquaintances. Jordan took over East Jerusalem and the Old City. Israeli dominance made a combined attempt to dislodge them but was unable to do. At the end of the Arab-Israeli in 1948 War Jerusalem was left split between Israel and Jordan. The Old City and East Jerusalem maintained to be occupied by Jordan, and the Jewish inhabitants were forced out. Under Jordanian rule, half of the Old City’s fifty-eight synagogues destroyed and the Jewish graveyard on the Mount of Olives pillaged for its monuments, which were used as asphalting stones and building supplies.
How to Celebrate the Yom Yerushalayim
Celebrating the Yom Yerushalayim is not invented as a religious commemoration by the preponderance of Israelis but it as part of the civic culture. The government proclaimed on May 12, 1968, new holiday in Jerusalem Day and dedicated on the 28th of Iyar, the Hebrew date on which the divided city of Jerusalem became one. On March 23, 1998, the Knesset enacted the Jerusalem Day Law, making the day a national holiday.
To register the festival, the arrival to Jerusalem on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv roadway brightened with decorative blue lighting which outlived in place throughout the year. In 2015, Yad Sarah a non-profit volunteer association began combining an exclusive tour precisely for wheelchair-bound residents, which sharpens on Jerusalem history.