Issue #8 . May 24th, 2017, Jerusalem Day (Jubilee)
The Biblical         
The Bible Comes to Life Newsletter           
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The Bible Comes to Life and the City of David National Park

This magnificent video is a must to any person of faith!
The Bible Comes to Life, 50 years to the unification of Jerusalem!

Shalom all and Blessings on this amazing historical day!

50 years ago, the nation of Israel returned to our most sacred city – Jerusalem.

Jews had been living in Jerusalem since the time of King David, about 3000 years ago.  During most of the Modern era, Jews were the majority in Jerusalem.

During the War of Independence in 1948, the Jews who lived within the city walls of Jerusalem were forced to surrender to the Jordanian legion and to evacuate their homes. The Jewish Quarter was destroyed by the Jordanians in an attempt to erase any memory of the Jews in Jerusalem.  This act gave us, the Israelis, a rare opportunity to uncover our past 19 years later, when the city was reunified.

Today when you walk the ancient streets of the city, you can see how the Jewish Quarter is different than the others.  The buildings are all newer and the planning of the Quarter is different.  This is due to the fact that the Jewish Quarter was completely rebuilt after 1967.

Moreover, during the time of the rebuilding, we found remains of houses which belonged to Jews who lived there (at this same place) 2000 years ago during the time of Jesus and our Temple.

In 1967, Israel reunited Jerusalem.  For the first time in 2000 years the Jewish flag was hanging high over our holiest places. We have returned to our sacred grounds.  We are now able to visit freely the place where our ancestors worshipped our one true God.  All of this was done merely 50 years ago.

50 years has passed and today we are hearing talks about the non-connection of the Jews to Jerusalem.  UNESCO claims that the Jews have no historical connection to Jerusalem.  If this was true, since Jesus was a Jew, He was never here.  He never healed the blind and the paralytic.  He was never crucified in Jerusalem and never resurrected from His Jerusalem tomb.

Today I had an interesting talk with Eyal Goldman, our Social Media Director at the Bible Center.  We spoke about the latest political suggestion regarding Jerusalem – would we cut it in half, should we not… Eyal said that this is the same as the trial of the babies by Solomon recounted in 1 Kings, chapter 3: 16.  The two women were fighting over the living baby.  “Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king.  He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”

The true mother was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”

But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!” Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”

This verse, especially today, makes one wonder… who has the true connection to the city, those who wish to cut her or those who wishes to keep her intact…?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill! Psalms 137:5

 Song: Jerusalem of Gold
 Written & Composed by: Naomi Shemer 
 Song By: Shuli Natan
 Year: 1967

In the spring of 1967, following close to a decade of relative calm, Israel found itself poised for war against four of its Arab neighbors.

According to all the military analysts and pundits, it was to be a lopsided match. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) consisted of 275,000 troops, compared to the 456,000 soldiers of the combined Iraqi, Syrian, Jordanian and Egyptian armies. The united Arab forces also had a decided edge with regards to weaponry and military equipment: they boasted more than double the amount of tanks, and close to four times the amount of combat aircraft. The three-week period preceding the Six-Day War was one of dread, shock and fright for the residents of the Holy Land.

With close to two and a half million Jews living in the tiny country, it had the highest concentration of Jews since pre-Holocaust Eastern Europe. So pessimistic was the outlook that the nation’s cemeteries and national parks were marked to become grave sites for the many who would surely perish in the course of the war.

However, despite all the prognostications, by the time the war ended, the territory under Israeli control had tripled in size. Jews returned to sites where their ancestors had lived for thousands of years, sites from which waves of terror were launched against them for so many years. The casualties and losses were painful, but minimal in comparison to all projections. The Jewish nation was miraculously victorious in the face of unbelievable odds.

History books speak of the “Hundred Years’ War,” the “Thirty Years’ War,” and many other long-fought battles. Here, in a matter of six short days, a nation managed to utterly rout not one, but four powerful enemies!

Jews across the globe thanked G‑d for the great miracles that happened. An incredible sense of pride and spiritual awakening gripped the Jewish people worldwide.

To honor this special Jerusalem day we've collected 10 extraordinary photos of Jerusalem.
The five in the right column are before 1967 and the unification of Jerusalem while the five in the left column are from modern Jerusalem.

See if you can spot the difference!

  Tower of David and the same famous walls, 2016
   The alleys of Jerusalem, 2017
  Praying at the Western Wall, 2016
    Tower of David and the famous walls of Jerusalem, 1884

 The alleys of Jerusalem 1890
   Men and Women praying at the Western Wall, 1932
  Modern day Shuk Machne Yehuda, 2012
    Machne Yehuda Market (Shuk), 1928
Israel Independence Day celebrations, 2017
   Israel Independence Day march, 1960
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