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At Pesach Seder and at other times we say, “Next year in Jerusalem.” This tells us how important Jerusalem is to not only Israelis, but to Jews around the world. We rejoice that Jerusalem is a unified city that enables us to be able to see and visit the ancient sites in our history. Let’s celebrate Yom Yerushalayim!

June, 2021 is the 54th anniversary of the Six Day War… kind of…

The war began on the 26th of Iyar 5727 and ended on the second of Sivan. This translates to June 5th – 10th, 1967 in the Gregorian calendar. (The Gregorian calendar is based on the Earth’s revolution around the Sun while the Hebrew calendar is based on the Moon’s revolution around the Earth – as such they differ. Thus, based on the Hebrew calendar, in 2021, the 54th anniversary of the Six Day War is May 8th-13th.)

While most of us vividly remember being glued to our television sets to get the details of each day’s action, here are some highlights.

April, 1967 – Israel and Syria engage in ferocious air battles in which 6 Syrian fighter jets are destroyed.

May 22, 1967 – Egyptian President Nasser bans Israeli shipping from the Straits of Tiran which connect the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba.

June 5, 1967 – 200 Israeli jets destroy 90% of the Egyptian air force. (Only 12 Israeli Air Force jets re- mained in Israel to protect the entire nation.)

June 7, 1967 – Jerusalem is reunified. Paratroop commander Lt Motta Gur sends the message “The Tem- ple Mount is in our hands.”

June 10, 1967 – after an intensive aerial bombardment, Israeli armor and infantry capture the Golan Heights from which Syrian troops had shelled Israeli cities.

In six days, Israel defeated four Arab armies and captured the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan. Regardless of the “Official Dates,” a truly historic event happened 54 years ago.

Sandy Shapiro & Arnold Miller