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Ancient Maps of Jerusalem

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem

Created by the the Jerusalem Municipality, this article presents images and explanations of a collection of ancient maps of Jerusalem, many of which convey more about the way in which

The Battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War: Survival of a Nation

The Battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War: Survival of a Nation

Produced by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, this moving video (08:29) tells the story of Israel’s 1967 battles for Jerusalem and the ensuing liberation of the Old City and the Western

Touring the Four Quarters of the Old City from the Rooftops

Touring the Four Quarters of the Old City from the Rooftops

This video (06:21) from Israeli tour guide, Itay Rotem, presents an excellent introduction to the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. From the rooftops of the Old City,

Liberating the Old City of Jerusalem: A Personal Story

Liberating the Old City of Jerusalem: A Personal Story

Created by the Israel Defense Forces, this moving video (01:04) recalls the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall in the Six Day War through the

The Gates of the Old City

The Gates of the Old City

This post presents a map of the seven gates in the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, along with a brief explanation of the history of each one. This

Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem

Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem

This post presents a collection of quotes from rabbinic liturgy describing the significance of Jerusalem in Jewish tradition.  Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem “Whoever did not see Jerusalem in

20 Famous Quotes About Jerusalem

20 Famous Quotes About Jerusalem

This post presents a selection of famous quotes about the power and role of Jerusalem from a wide range of sources, including the Bible, politicians, authors, poets and religious leaders.

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

This post presents the text of then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s speech at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill on 6 June 2005, in which he pays tribute to

Soldiers Describe the Battle for Ammunition Hill & Jerusalem: 50 Years Later

Soldiers Describe the Battle for Ammunition Hill & Jerusalem: 50 Years Later

Written by journalist Paul Auster to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, this article from the Jerusalem Post describes a meeting of the surviving soldiers who fought

The Battles of the Paratroopers in the Six Day War

The Battles of the Paratroopers in the Six Day War

From the official website of Ammunition Hill, this link provides detailed information about the role of the Paratrooper Brigade during the Six Day War, including the conquest of Ammunition Hill

Inspired by 1967: A Panel Discussion with Yossi Klein Halevi, Michael Oren & Nir Barkat

Inspired by 1967: A Panel Discussion with Yossi Klein Halevi, Michael Oren & Nir Barkat

Held in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, this video (17:30) presents a panel discussion about the impact of the war and the reunification of Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Light Rail:  A Microcosm of the City’s Diversity

The Jerusalem Light Rail:  A Microcosm of the City’s Diversity

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video (02:01) introduces the Jerusalem Light Rail, the first  in Israel, constructed in 2011. Built along the line that once divided the

The Historical and Current Significance of the Knesset

The Historical and Current Significance of the Knesset

This film [10:03], produced by Lapam, Israel’s Government Advertising Agency, illustrates the importance of the Knesset, and the historical decisions and crucial moments which took place there.  After moving its

Jerusalem’s Changing Demographics

Jerusalem’s Changing Demographics

The above graphs are from the publication “Facts and Trends 2018.”  They present Jerusalem’s population in comparison to other major Israeli cities, the nature of Jerusalem’s Jewish religious identification, the geographical

An Overview of the Knesset

An Overview of the Knesset

This video [01:42], produced by the Israel Project, an American educational organization committed to informing global media about Israel, explains in brief how the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, functions. The

The Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem: an Architectural Gem

The Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem: an Architectural Gem

This video, published by the Jewish Learning Institute, an organization committed to making Jewish learning accessible and meaningful to Jews of all backgrounds, shows the unique architectural design of the

Six Days of Miracles: The Religious Significance of the Six Day War

Six Days of Miracles: The Religious Significance of the Six Day War

Created by the World Mizrahi religious Zionist organization, this uplifting video (10:09) interprets Israel’s surprising and total victory in the Six Day War as a modern-day miracle. Employing biblical language, the

President Reuven Rivlin’s Speech at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

President Reuven Rivlin’s Speech at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

This video (06:52) presents Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin’s speech at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in 2018. He speaks of the Jewish people’s eternal connection to Jerusalem, Jerusalem’s

Mayor Nir Barkat: Jerusalem as the Eternal Capital

Mayor Nir Barkat: Jerusalem as the Eternal Capital

In this short video (0:53), Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat affirms that the city of Jerusalem is the spiritual, national, united capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

Battles on the Road to Jerusalem During the War of Independence

Battles on the Road to Jerusalem During the War of Independence

Produced by i24News to mark 70 years since the establishment of the State of Israel, this video (05:26) looks back on some of the fiercest and most significant battles of the War

Introducing the Holy City from the Armon Hanatziv Promenade

Introducing the Holy City from the Armon Hanatziv Promenade

This low quality video (0:54) presents tour guide Muki Jankelowitz introducing a group to the significance of Jerusalem from the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, with a backdrop of the panoramic views

Jerusalem: The Eternal Jewish Capital

Jerusalem: The Eternal Jewish Capital

Featuring Danny Ayalon, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Israeli Ambassador to the US, this animated video (04:00) presents the historical, religious, cultural and physical connection of the Jews to Jerusalem

Rabbi Sacks on Jerusalem: The 50th Anniversary of Reunification

Rabbi Sacks on Jerusalem: The 50th Anniversary of Reunification

In this moving video (7:15), Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the previous Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, tells the moving story of the Jewish love affair with Jerusalem. He describes how the

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IDF Central Command Variety Ensemble: Guard of the Walls

IDF Central Command Variety Ensemble: Guard of the Walls

Written in 1977, this classic Israeli folk song by the Central Command Variety Ensemble of the Israel Defense Forces (Pikud Hamercaz) is written through the eyes of IDF soldiers, expressing their

Yaffa Yarkoni: Bab el Wad

Yaffa Yarkoni: Bab el Wad

Written by Haim Gouri, composed by Shmuel Farshko and performed by Yaffa Yarkoni, this moving song commemorates the battles of Bab El Wad / Sha’ar Hagai during the War of

Yehoram Gaon: From the Summit of Mount Scopus

Yehoram Gaon: From the Summit of Mount Scopus

This song, performed by Israeli singer and cultural icon, Yehoram Gaon, expresses the eternal Jewish longing to return to and rebuild Jerusalem and for the coming of the Messiah. From

Paul Simon: Silent Eyes

Paul Simon: Silent Eyes

Written by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon, Silent Eyes is a moving song about Jerusalem.  Silent Eyes Silent eyes Watching Jerusalem Make her bed of stones Silent eyes No one will

Blue Fringe: City of Gold

Blue Fringe: City of Gold

A moving song to Jerusalem, City of Gold was written by Blue Fringe, an American Jewish band.  City Of Gold What have I become When all I feel is numb

Meir Ariel: Jerusalem of Iron

Meir Ariel: Jerusalem of Iron

“Jerusalem of Iron” was written by Israeli singer-songwriter Meir Ariel following the Six Day War to the melody of Naomi Shemer’s famous “Jerusalem of Gold.” After taking part in the costly

Ami Yares & Heartbeat: Jerusalem

Ami Yares & Heartbeat: Jerusalem

This video features songwriter, musician and educator Ami Yares performing his original song “Jerusalem” together with Heartbeat, a social change organization that unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians. The lyrics, provided

Avraham Fried: Yerushalayim SheBalev

Avraham Fried: Yerushalayim SheBalev

With Hebrew and English lyrics on the backdrop of pictures of Jerusalem, this video features Avraham Fried‘s song “Yerushalayim Shebalev,” which describes Jerusalem as the spiritual center of the universe and the focus

Glykeria: Shabechi Yerushalyim

Glykeria: Shabechi Yerushalyim

This video presents Greek singer Glykeria’s Hebrew performance of the Israeli folk song, Shabechi Yerushalayim, together with the Israeli Philarmonic Orchestra. While the original song was written by Avihu Medina, the lyrics,

Don Mclean: Jerusalem

Don Mclean: Jerusalem

This video presents American singer-songwriter Don McLean’s song “Jerusalem,” written at the request of then-Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek for a promotional film for the city. The lyrics, provided below, describe

Daliah Lavi: Jerusalem

Daliah Lavi: Jerusalem

This video presents Israeli actress, singer and model Daliah Lavi performing her song, Jerusalem, released in 1970. The lyrics, provided below, express the eternal exploration of the significance of Jerusalem.

Yonina: Jerusalem Mashup

Yonina: Jerusalem Mashup

In this video, husband-wife team, Yonina, perform a creative medley of traditional and modern songs about Jerusalem, including Yaakov Shwekey’s melody for “If I Forget Thee, Oh Jerusalem,” an Israeli folk song by

Hadag Nachash: Here I Come (Lyrics & Lesson Plan)

Hadag Nachash: Here I Come (Lyrics & Lesson Plan)

This post presents Hadag Nachash’s song “Here I Come,” which follows one man’s journey between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and all that these two polar opposite cities represent about Israeli

Lach Yerushalayim: An Israeli Folk Song

Lach Yerushalayim: An Israeli Folk Song

This video presents the Israeli folk song, Lach Yerushalayim, written by Amos Etinger, composed by A. Rubinstein, and performed by Ran Eliran. The lyrics, provided below in Hebrew, English and

Maureen Nehedar: Beautiful Heights

Maureen Nehedar: Beautiful Heights

This video features Persian Jewish singer, Maureen Nehedar, singing an emotive melody for a moving song about Jerusalem, with lyrics by Spanish Jewish physician, poet and philosopher, Rabbi Yehuda Halevi

Sabaton: Counterstrike – A Heavy Metal Song About the Six Day War

Sabaton: Counterstrike – A Heavy Metal Song About the Six Day War

This video presents a song about the Six Day War by Sabaton, a Swedish heavy metal band who’s songs recount historical battles. The lyrics, provided below, tell the story of

Alpha Blondy: Jerusalem

Alpha Blondy: Jerusalem

A call for peace between Jews, Christians and Muslims, this video features the reggae singer Alpha Blondy singing in English, Hebrew and French about the holy city of Jerusalem. To

The Shira Chadasha Boys Choir: Psalm 125:1-2

The Shira Chadasha Boys Choir: Psalm 125:1-2

This music video features the Shira Chadasha Boys Choir’s song about Jerusalem, an emotive melody for Psalm 125:1-2. These verses, presented below in Hebrew and English, compare God’s devotion to His people

Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival

Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival

A promotional video for the annual Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, this video (02:01) presents highlights from this unique celebration of music, culture and diversity, which takes places largely in the

A Performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on the Old City Walls

A Performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on the Old City Walls

A live recording from the light show on the walls of the Old City celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, this video features a collaboration of some of Israel’s

Light Show on the Old City Walls: A Timeline of Jerusalem

Light Show on the Old City Walls: A Timeline of Jerusalem

This video (09:52) presents a beautiful light show on the walls of the Old City, created as part of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. To the backdrop

City of David: An Indie-Gospel Cover Song About Jerusalem

City of David: An Indie-Gospel Cover Song About Jerusalem

Entitled “City of David,” this is the official music video of Feter Hendel’s cover of an old gospel song taught to the legendary Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, featuring footage from throughout

Koolulam: 1000 People Sing Bob Marley’s “One Love” in Jerusalem

Koolulam: 1000 People Sing Bob Marley’s “One Love” in Jerusalem

This inspirational video presents 1000 people of different backgrounds who gathered together to sing “One Love” by Bob Marley in English, Hebrew and Arabic at the Tower of David in the Old

Naomi Shemer: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav / Jerusalem of Gold

Naomi Shemer: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav / Jerusalem of Gold

This popular Israeli song written by Naomi Shemer describes the Jewish people’s age-old yearning for and ultimate return to Jerusalem. Released just three weeks before the outbreak of the Six Day War

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: A Carlebach Chuppah Song

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: A Carlebach Chuppah Song

This audio recording features Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach singing his original melody for “If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem,” a Hebrew song often sung under the chuppah prior to the breaking of the glass, reminding

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: A Chuppah Song

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem: A Chuppah Song

This emotive video features Elior Itzkovitz Cohen singing “If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem,” a Hebrew song often sung under the chuppah prior to the breaking of the glass, reminding us of the destruction of

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Anecdotes

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The Flavors of Mahane Yehuda Market

The Flavors of Mahane Yehuda Market

This video, [02:37], published by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, portrays the vibrant atmosphere of the outdoor Mahane Yehuda market, a colorful microcosm of the diverse population of Jerusalem.

The Machane Yehuda Market: A Reflection of Jerusalem

The Machane Yehuda Market: A Reflection of Jerusalem

This video [01:30], published by the Official Youtube Channel of the State of Israel, offers a glimpse into the bustling Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. Shoppers can find everything they

Letters from Jerusalem: 1947-1948

Letters from Jerusalem: 1947-1948

This link provides a sample of letters that capture the spirit of the new country from the book “Letters from Jerusalem, 1947-1948” by Zipporah Porath, a young American woman who came to

Ethiopian Jews Celebrate Sigd in Jerusalem

Ethiopian Jews Celebrate Sigd in Jerusalem

Produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network, this short news segment (02:26) introduces the ancient Ethiopian Jewish holiday of Sigd, which symbolizes the acceptance of the Torah and yearning for Jerusalem. Filmed

Rabbi Yehuda Halevi: Jerusalem

Rabbi Yehuda Halevi: Jerusalem

This post presents medieval Spanish Jewish physician poet and philosopher Rabbi Yehuda Halevi’s poem “Jerusalem,” translated to English by Robert Mezey. The poem expresses his deep desire to return to

Natan Yonatan: Everyone Has a Jerusalem

Natan Yonatan: Everyone Has a Jerusalem

This post presents an English translation of a Hebrew poem about Jerusalem written by celebrated Israeli poet, Natan Yonatan (1923-2004).  Everyone Has a Jerusalem For everyone there is a city

Voices of Jerusalem: Celebrating 50 Years Since the Reunification

Voices of Jerusalem: Celebrating 50 Years Since the Reunification

Produced by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in celebration of the 50th anniversary since the reunification of the city during the Six Day War, this video (02:48) conveys the uniqueness of Jerusalem

How to Stay Fit in Jerusalem

How to Stay Fit in Jerusalem

This post offers links to all of the fitness centers you need to stay active and fit during your time in Jerusalem. 1. Fun in Jerusalem: Gyms & Pools Fun

Where to Eat Shabbat Meals in Jerusalem

Where to Eat Shabbat Meals in Jerusalem

This post offers information about how you can get set up for Shabbat meals in Jerusalem. Please note that some are free events at private homes or public centers, while

Public Transportation in Jerusalem

Public Transportation in Jerusalem

This post provides links to websites that can help you get around Jerusalem using public transportation. This article explains how to use the public busses and light rail in Jerusalem, including

Jerusalem Maps: Attractions & Public Transportation Routes

Jerusalem Maps: Attractions & Public Transportation Routes

This post provides useful maps for visitors to Jerusalem, including those that highlight tourist attractions and bus routes. This link provides a comprehensive and interactive unofficial English map of all of the

Footage from the Liberation of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in 1967: “The Temple Mount is in Our Hands”

Footage from the Liberation of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in 1967: “The Temple Mount is in Our Hands”

This short video from the Israel Defense Forces presents actual footage from the historic moment when Israeli soldiers overcame Arab troops and reached the Western Wall during the Six Day

A Selection of Yehuda Amichai’s Poems About Jerusalem

A Selection of Yehuda Amichai’s Poems About Jerusalem

This post offers the English translation of a selection of poems about Jerusalem, written by the iconic poet, Yehuda Amichai, who spent much of his life in the city. Some of

Quotes from Israeli Leaders Upon the Liberation of the Western Wall in 1967

Quotes from Israeli Leaders Upon the Liberation of the Western Wall in 1967

An excerpt from a longer article about the liberation of the Western Wall in the Six Day War in 1967 and the Israeli commitment to preserving freedom of worship for

Haim Hefer: The Paratroopers Are Crying

Haim Hefer: The Paratroopers Are Crying

In this moving poem, Israeli songwriter, poet and writer, Haim Hefer, poetically describes the historic moment of the liberation of the Western Wall by Israeli paratroopers in the Six Day War

S.Y. Agnon’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

S.Y. Agnon’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

This post presents the audio recording (Hebrew) and translated text of a short excerpt from Israeli author Shai (Shmuel Yosef) Agnon’s acceptance speech after being awarded the Nobel Prize for

President Reuven Rivlin’s Speech at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

President Reuven Rivlin’s Speech at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

This video (06:52) presents Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin’s speech at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in 2018. He speaks of the Jewish people’s eternal connection to Jerusalem, Jerusalem’s

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

This post presents the text of then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s speech at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill on 6 June 2005, in which he pays tribute to

20 Famous Quotes About Jerusalem

20 Famous Quotes About Jerusalem

This post presents a selection of famous quotes about the power and role of Jerusalem from a wide range of sources, including the Bible, politicians, authors, poets and religious leaders.

Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem

Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem

This post presents a collection of quotes from rabbinic liturgy describing the significance of Jerusalem in Jewish tradition.  Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem “Whoever did not see Jerusalem in

Liberating the Old City of Jerusalem: A Personal Story

Liberating the Old City of Jerusalem: A Personal Story

Created by the Israel Defense Forces, this moving video (01:04) recalls the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall in the Six Day War through the

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem

Created by the the Jerusalem Municipality, this article presents images and explanations of a collection of ancient maps of Jerusalem, many of which convey more about the way in which

Light Show on the Old City Walls: A Timeline of Jerusalem

Light Show on the Old City Walls: A Timeline of Jerusalem

This video (09:52) presents a beautiful light show on the walls of the Old City, created as part of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. To the backdrop

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Rituals & Ceremonies

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Prayer for the Rebuilding of the Temple After Candle Lighting

Prayer for the Rebuilding of the Temple After Candle Lighting

There is a custom to recite this prayer for the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem after making the blessing over the Shabbat candles. This is the same prayer that

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