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       Israel should not attack. Eventually,   Heaven and Earth                    Yom Yerushalyim, celebrated on this
       Moshe Dayan’s decision was overruled   Our Sages describe how Jerusalem is   very day of our return to Jerusalem,
       and the Cabinet gave the green light.   the only city in the world that exists on   54 years ago on the 28  of Iyar, is a
        It was time to return to Jerusalem for   two planes, in Heaven and on Earth.   wonderful opportunity to express our
       the first time in 2,000 years… at any cost.   Jerusalem on High and Jerusalem down   appreciation  for  the  miracles  of  our
        At that very same time, another     below. Nothing happens in Jerusalem on   generation. Together with Shavuot, it is
       dramatic decision was being made. The   High unless it happens concurrently in   the perfect time to reflect on our unique
       commander of the Jordanian troops in   Jerusalem below.  One is a reflection   mission in the world.
       the Old City, sensing the inevitable and   of the other. The spiritual destiny of   Yom Yerushalayim and Chag Shavuot
       realizing he was surrounded, requested   the city is inseparable from its physical   Sameach!
       permission to retreat over the Mount of   reality.
       Olives and back over the Jordan River.   Perhaps, at the very moment the
       General Riad gave his approval and the   debates between the Rabbi and
       Jordanians fled that same evening!   Commander and within the Cabinet
        When Motta Gur positioned himself   were taking place in the city below,
       on the Mount of Olives the next      a similar debate was being held in    1
                                                                                     This was an expression used by Abba Eban,
       morning, preparing for the battle of his   the Heavenly Cabinet – between the   Israel’s Foreign Minister, who actually said,  “…
       life, he was astounded. There was barely   םירוגיטק, the prosecuting angels, and the   The June map is for us equivalent to insecurity
       a Jordanian soldier in sight.        םירוגינס, the angels of mercy.        and  danger.  I  do  not  exaggerate  when  I  say
        After a few minor skirmishes and      Were the Jewish people worthy of    that it has for us something of a memory of
                                                                                  Auschwitz. We shudder when we think of what
       mercifully with very little loss of life,   returning to Yerushalayim Ir HaKodesh?  would have awaited us in the circumstances of
       Motta  Gur  proclaimed  the  iconic    Was  this  the  moment  they’d  been   June, 1967, if we had been defeated; with Syrians
       words,  ונידיב  תיבה  רה, “The Temple   waiting for for 2,000 years or would   on the mountain and we in the valley, with the
                                                                                  Jordanian army in sight of the sea, with the
       Mount  is  in  our  hands.”  Israel  had   they have to wait 2,000 more?    Egyptians who hold our throat in their hands in
       accomplished what seemed impossible    Would there be more devastating loss   Gaza.”
       with all the political predictions and   of life in a battle on  the Mountain of   2   A reference to Rav Soloveitchik’s famous
       military assessments from just a few   G-d or would there be a more merciful   essay,  Kol Dodi Dofek, in which the Rav uses
       days before.                         outcome?                              the metaphoric imagery in Shir HaShirim, Song
        The Jewish people had returned        As  we know,  Divine  mercy  won the   of Songs, to contextualize the establishment of
                                                                                  Israel and return to Zion as G-d knocking on
       Home.                                day. Am Yisrael would not have to wait   the door, so to speak, of Jewish destiny.
        Motta Gur recounts a breathtaking   any longer and little blood would be
                                                                                   Rabbi Bin-Nun recounts that Motta Gur
       conversation between himself and     spilt on that epic day in Jerusalem in   3 mentioned this in a radio interview following
       Rabbi Shlomo Goren, the IDF’s Chief   June 1967.                           Rav Goren’s passing in 1994. Another version
       Rabbi at the time, which had taken     This  extraordinary  turn  of  events  –   appears in Rav Goren’s autobiography, edited
       place the evening before.  While in   and the entire Six-Day War – is another   by Avi Rath and translated into English as With
                                                                                  Might and Strength.
       the Rockefeller  Museum  at  the  north   powerful reminder of the meaning
       eastern tip of the Old City, awaiting   of Jewish life. Our collective journey   4  Ta’anit 5a.
       orders, the Rabbi said to him, “Motta!   on earth cannot be separated from
       Jewish history obligates you to liberate   our heavenly odyssey. Individual and
       the Old City!” Motta replied that while   national master plans cannot be severed   This  article  is  the  basis  of  the  script
       he draws great inspiration from Jewish   from the Master’s plan. The existence   for Mizrachi’s special new video for Yom
       history, he takes his orders from his   of  Israel  and  Jerusalem  are  a  constant   Yerushalayim, see page 17.
       superiors. “Motta,” said Rabbi Goren,   testimony to the inextricable bond
       “Jewish history will not forgive a Jewish   between human history and Divine
       commander who had the opportunity to   Providence; between Jewish destiny and   Rabbi Doron Perez is Executive Chairman
       reclaim Jerusalem and did not do so.”   spiritual destination.             of the Mizrachi World Movement.

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