Friday, May 30, 2008

Toward Yom Yerushalayim

David Bogner (of Treppenwitz blog) has crafted this sensational essay, published at the Orthodox Union's Shabbat Shalom page, on the upcoming celebration of the liberation of Jerusalem. It literally took my breath away.

... I sit in my darkened office each year on Yom Yerushalayim and marvel at the recorded sounds of exhausted Israeli soldiers – secular and religious – from all over the country, openly weeping as the enormity and significance of their accomplishment occurred to them.

Yet after almost two thousand years of dreaming of a united Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty, and before the echoes of gunfire had even died away, we had handed back control of Judaism’s holiest site; The Temple mount.

The decision to allow the Muslim Waqf - a sort of Muslim perpetual trust that had been set up to manage the site since their conquest in the late 13th century) - to remain in control may seem an enlightened and magnanimous gesture. But what of our perpetual trust. What of our collective responsibility to safeguard and protect our conquests, inheritance and gifts for future generations? ...

There's much more. Please don't miss a word. And pass the link and/or the text on to your friends, relatives and colleagues.

Shabbat Shalom.