Israel & Jerusalem

Victory is Jerusalem

by Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair -
On the 28th of Iyar, the prophet Shmuel passed away - on the 28th of Iyar, the old city of Jerusalem was recaptured in the Six Day War. Is there a connection?
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In our morning prayers we say: "To you Hashem is the Greatness, the Power, the Glory, and the Victory (Netzach)..."

The Talmud (Berachot 58a) tells us that Netzach here refers to Jerusalem. Victory is Jerusalem. Eternity is Jerusalem.

The 28th of Iyar is the Yartzeit of Shmuel the Prophet who revealed the place of Jerusalem, who said that 'the Netzach of Israel will not lie.' The 28th of Iyar , when Jews once more could flock to that hill from which the whole universe was drawn out. The 28th of Iyar.

Whatever the immediate future holds for the Eternal City, of one thing we can be sure: The Eternal One of Israel will not lie. He will keep His promise, the promise He made to our fathers.

"Then again will be heard in the cities of Yehuda and the outskirts of Jerusalem, the voice of Joy, the voice of Happiness, the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride."

The lost ones will return from the lands of the holocaust of the soul. And the oppressed from beyond the straits of persecution.

"And they will bow to Hashem in the Holy Mount.

In Yerushalyim."

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This article originally appeared in SEASONS OF THE MOON for Iyar 5757.
Written by Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair.
General Editor: Rabbi Moshe Newman.
Production Design: Lev Seltzer.

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