5.26.2006

Happy Yom Yerushalayim!

Today is the anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War (1967), celebrated as Jerusalem Day or, in Hebrew, Yom Yerushalayim.

Whatever one thinks of Jerusalem in it's current state, praying for peace in Jerusalem is never a mistake. From Psalms 122:

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper that love thee.
7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
8 For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say: 'Peace be within thee.'

Here is the entire Psalm for your reading pleasure.

תהילים פרק קכב

א שיר המעלות, לדוד:
שמחתי, באמרים לי-- בית ה' נלך.
ב עמדות, היו רגלינו-- בשעריך, ירושלם.
ג ירושלם הבנויה-- כעיר, שחברה-לה יחדו.
ד ששם עלו שבטים, שבטי-יה--עדות לישראל: להדות, לשם ה'.
ה כי שמה, ישבו כסאות למשפט: כסאות, לבית דוד.
ו שאלו, שלום ירושלם; ישליו, אהביך.
ז יהי-שלום בחילך; שלוה, בארמנותיך.
ח למען, אחי ורעי-- אדברה-נא שלום בך.
ט למען, בית-יהוה אלהינו-- אבקשה טוב לך

Psalms Chapter 122

1 A Song of Ascents; of David.
I rejoiced when they said unto me: 'Let us go unto the house of the LORD.'
2 Our feet are standing within thy gates, O Jerusalem;
3 Jerusalem, that art builded as a city that is compact together;
4 Whither the tribes went up, even the tribes of the LORD, as a testimony unto Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.
5 For there were set thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper that love thee.
7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
8 For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say: 'Peace be within thee.'
9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

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