Yom Yerushalayim

This coming Sunday is Yom Yerushalayim when we celebrate Israel’s miraculous victory in the Six Day War. With Hashem’s help, we were able to liberate Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem. The Kotel was again in our hands.

Rav Shmuel Eliyahu of Tzphat says that there is a hint to this miraculous war from last week’s Parsha.

It says, “How is it possible that five chase one hundred, and one hundred chase ten thousand?”

This is a description of the tremendous blessing that comes when Hashem decides that it is time to rebuild the Third Commonwealth. It is our view that the redemption comes in stages.

We began with a physical return to Israel that was followed by amazing war victories. The land that was desolate begins to produce again. One of the final stages is a spiritual rebirth. Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook זצ״ל pointed to the Pasuk in Yechezkel that describes a sprinkling of waters of purification. This refers to the collective returning to Hashem that we are now witnessing.

We have much to celebrate on Yom Yerushalayim. The גאולה is coming!