The Old City

E-learning

Click here to show more E-learning content

The Hurva Synagogue: A Symbol of Rebuilt Jerusalem

The Hurva Synagogue: A Symbol of Rebuilt Jerusalem

This post tells the story behind the historic Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Originally built in the 18th century, the synagogue was destroyed

IDF: The Military Story of the Six Day War

IDF: The Military Story of the Six Day War

Produced by the Israel Defense Forces in Hebrew with English subtitles, this video (09:04) describes Israel’s military victory against four enemy armies on three fronts during the Six Day War. With

BBC Archives: Tensions in Jerusalem Following the Six Day War

BBC Archives: Tensions in Jerusalem Following the Six Day War

From the archives of the BBC, this video (03:20) presents the tensions in Jerusalem immediately following the Six Day War. The video presents the psychological effect of Israel’s unification of Jerusalem and

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

An Interview with the Director of “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

An Interview with the Director of “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

Filmed at Ammunition Hill, this video (06:47) presents an interview with Erin Zimmerman, the director of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s documentary, “In Our Hands,” which tells the story of the

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

A Virtual Guide of the Western Wall Tunnels

A Virtual Guide of the Western Wall Tunnels

Created by All About Jerusalem, this video (05:08) takes viewers on a virtual tour of the Western Wall Tunnels, the continuation of the exposed Western Wall which extends for almost half a

A Virtual Tour of the Southern Wall Excavations

A Virtual Tour of the Southern Wall Excavations

Created by All About Jerusalem, in this video (03:13), tour guide and archaeologist Danny Herman, takes viewers on a virtual tour of the archaeological excavations of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Stepping

The History of the Old City of Jerusalem

The History of the Old City of Jerusalem

From HaAtika, the official website of the Old City of Jerusalem, this post presents a concise history of the Old City, from King David’s conquest of the city in 1000

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

Written by Sarah Tuttle-Singer, the New Media editor at the Times of Israel, this blog post describes the atmosphere and sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the unique and

The Legends of Zedekiah’s Cave

The Legends of Zedekiah’s Cave

Created by All About Jerusalem, this video (03:27) introduces the mysterious site of Zedekiah’s Cave (also known as King Solomon’s Quarries and the Cave of the Kings), a 5 acre underground quarry beneath the

A Brief Virtual Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem

A Brief Virtual Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem

Created by the Israeli branch of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world’s largest Christian television, network, this video (06:14) takes viewers on a virtual guide of the Old City of

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,

Jaffa Gate

Jaffa Gate

This informative video (03:11) tells the story of the history and significance of Jaffa Gate, one of the main entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem in both ancient and

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

The Walls & Gates of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Walls & Gates of the Old City of Jerusalem

In this informative video (03:30), local tour guide Jenni Menashe gives an entertaining introduction to the history and significance of the walls and gates of the Old City of Jerusalem.

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

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

Click here to show less E-learning content

Music

Click here to show more Music content

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

City of David: The Place Where it all Began

City of David: The Place Where it all Began

Created by the City of David, this song (03:01) encourages tourists to come visit the fascinating archaeological site that tells the story of ancient Jerusalem. 

Musical Light Show in Zedekiah’s Cave

Musical Light Show in Zedekiah’s Cave

This video (01:02) presents a short clip from a fascinating musical light show in Zedekiah’s Cave (also called Solomon’s Quarries and the Cave of the Kings), a 5 acre underground quarry

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

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video shows clips from the world music festival in the Old City of Jerusalem, including brief interviews with artists describing the unique

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

Miri Israeli: HaKotel (The Western Wall)

Miri Israeli: HaKotel (The Western Wall)

Written by American-born Israeli artist, Miri Israeli, this emotive song describes the Western Wall as a place where one can come for sincere prayer that will raise to the heavens.

Yaakov Shwekey at the Western Wall on Jerusalem Day

Yaakov Shwekey at the Western Wall on Jerusalem Day

This video presents snippets from the concert of the well-known Jewish musical entertainer, Yaakov Shwekey, at the Western Wall on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) in 2017. The Jerusalem Flag Parade takes place

Yossi Gamzu: The Kotel (The Western Wall)

Yossi Gamzu: The Kotel (The Western Wall)

Written by Israeli lyricist Yossi Gamzu and performed by Israeli singer Ofra Haza, the song HaKotel conveys the significance of the Western Wall by the stories of three people who pray there:

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

Singing Ani Ma’amin at the Western Wall on Tisha B’Av

Singing Ani Ma’amin at the Western Wall on Tisha B’Av

This video shows thousands of worshippers gathered together at the Western Wall on Tisha B’av singing Ani Ma’amin (I Believe), a song about the Jewish belief in the coming of the Messiah.

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

Click here to show less Music content

Anecdotes

Click here to show more Anecdotes content

Trailer for “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

Trailer for “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

This video (1:31) is a trailer for the Christian Broadcasting Network’s documentary, “In Our Hands,” which tells the story of the battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War. Combining dramatic

An Animated 3D Reconstruction of the City of David and the Temple

An Animated 3D Reconstruction of the City of David and the Temple

A short clip from the 3D movie from the City of David tour, this video (01:22) shows an animated recreation of what the City of David and the Temple might have

Assassin’s Creed Meets Parkour in the Old City

Assassin’s Creed Meets Parkour in the Old City

This entertaining video (03:39) features two talented daredevils flipping and jumping over the rooftops and alleyways of the Old City of Jerusalem. A cross between Assassin’s Creed, an action-adventure stealth video game,

The Old City, Now and Then: 1925 and 2012

The Old City, Now and Then: 1925 and 2012

This video (06:47) compares video footage from the holy sites of the Old City in 1925 and 2012, including Jaffa Gate, Damascus Gate, the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, the Mount of

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

Maps of Each of the Four Quarters of the Old City

Maps of Each of the Four Quarters of the Old City

From HaAtika, the official website of the Old City of Jerusalem, this post presents a clear map of the gates, streets and some major attractions of the Old City of Jerusalem, plus a

The Old City of Jerusalem: A Magical City of Splendor

The Old City of Jerusalem: A Magical City of Splendor

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Tourism, this video (01:29) presents some of the highlights of the Old City of Jerusalem, as well as quotes from locals and tourists describing

Tourist Map of the Old City of Jerusalem

Tourist Map of the Old City of Jerusalem

Created by iTravelJerusalem, this comprehensive map highlights the main tourist attraction and historical sites in the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, believed

The Church Bells of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church Bells of the Holy Sepulchre

This video (01:58) presents the ringing of the bells of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, one of the most sacred sites to Christians,

The Jerusalem Festival of Light in the Old City

The Jerusalem Festival of Light in the Old City

This video (01:34) presents some highlights from the The 2017 Jerusalem Festival of Light in 2017, an annual event in which the ancient architecture of the Old City is brought

Hanukkah in the Old City of Jerusalem

Hanukkah in the Old City of Jerusalem

This short video (01:55) captures the magical festive atmosphere of Hanukkah in the Old City of Jerusalem, including tables of sufganiyot, the giant menorah at the Western Wall, and families lighting

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

BBC Archives: Tensions in Jerusalem Following the Six Day War

BBC Archives: Tensions in Jerusalem Following the Six Day War

From the archives of the BBC, this video (03:20) presents the tensions in Jerusalem immediately following the Six Day War. The video presents the psychological effect of Israel’s unification of Jerusalem and

An Interview with the Director of “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

An Interview with the Director of “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

Filmed at Ammunition Hill, this video (06:47) presents an interview with Erin Zimmerman, the director of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s documentary, “In Our Hands,” which tells the story of the

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

Musical Light Show in Zedekiah’s Cave

Musical Light Show in Zedekiah’s Cave

This video (01:02) presents a short clip from a fascinating musical light show in Zedekiah’s Cave (also called Solomon’s Quarries and the Cave of the Kings), a 5 acre underground quarry

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

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video shows clips from the world music festival in the Old City of Jerusalem, including brief interviews with artists describing the unique

Click here to show less Anecdotes content