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April 22, 1988 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-04-22

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O Want A Pen Pal? Write Israeli Family

One way to learn about Jewish
life around the world is to write to a
Jewish family in another country.
What is daily life like in the pen
pal's country? What is Jewish life
like? How are the holidays
celebrated? To help our readers
learn about Jews around the world,
L'Chayim is making available
addresses of Jewish families in
communities abroad.
Cost of an international air mail
letter is 45 cents per half ounce.

This month, in honor of Israel's
40th birthday, L'Chayim has made
available the names of Detroiters
and their families who have made
aliyah. Following is a list of names
and addresses:
Mark Davidson, Nordau 2, 21,
Herzliyah, children Dana and Yael.
Paul and Dena Korda, P.O. Box
1041 (Leshem 6), Mevasseret Zion,
D.N. Harei Yehuda 90805, children
Sonya, Michael and Alexander.
Yossie and Debbie Gittleman,

P.O. Box 1515, Jerusalem, 91014,
children Gilad, Keren, Diklah.
Tzviah Iden, Kadoorie
Agricultural School, Lower Galilee,
MP Israel, 15242.

Hayim and Eileen Gross, Kfar
Admin, Merkaz Klita, DnM., Bikat,
Jericho, children Rebecca, Joshua,
Noah and Aliza.

Ronald and Deborah Spinner,
62/30 Aba Hillel Silver, Haifa 32809,
children Mira and Sarit.

Yam Yerushalayim Celebrates Reunification Of Jerusalem


Courtesy, American Zionist Youth Foundation

Yom Yerushalayim,

"Jerusalem Day," commemorates
the liberation of the Old City of
Jerusalem and the reunification
of all Jerusalem, during the Six-
Day War, on the 28th day of lyar
5727, (June 7, 1967).
This year, Yom Yerushalayim
coincides with May 15 with several
Detroit area celebrations planned.
When on June 5, 1967 (26
lyar 5727) the Six-Day War broke
out in the Sinai, it did not seem
that Jerusalem, the Holy City,
would be involved. But a few
short hours after the outbreak of
the war, the Kingdom of Jordan,
which since 1948 had occupied
the Old City of Jerusalem, began
to shell houses in the Jewish
New City.
At first, Israel did not
respond to this Jordanian
shelling. But as hours passed,
the shelling increased in its
intensity. Then the forces of the
Jordanian army invaded and took
possession of Government
House, the headquarters of the
United Nations Truce Supervision
Faced with a serious
Jordanian offensive, which
threatened New Jerusalem and
the lives of its inhabitants, the
Israel Defense Forces moved
against Jordan. Thus,
unexpectedly, Jerusalem had
become not only a part of the
war, but, indeed, its focus.
After two days of heroic
battle, the defense forces of
Israel entered the Old City
through the Lions' Gate, and
marched to the Western Wall and
the Temple Mount. For 2,000
years after the destruction of the
Temple by the Romans, the City
of David had been occupied by
one foreign power after the other.

Now, the Jews had returned.
For almost 20 years, Jerusalem
had been unnaturally divided.
Jordan, despite its original
promises, had denied Jews
access to the Old City, and had

desecrated Jewish holy places.
Now Jerusalem is one.
The chief rabbinate of Israel
has ruled that each year, on the
28th of lyar, the Hallel be recited
— with the blessing. For the

liberation of Jerusalem carries
with it the hope that the prophetic
vision of Jerusalem shall soon be
realized. This is the sacred vision
of true peace and true love, the
most sublime vision of mankind.

The shuk (market place) in the Old
City has narrow, twisting streets.
Benjy got lost there on his way to the
Kotel. Can you help him find his way?



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