Thousands visit the Mount of Olives Ridge on Yom Yerushalayim
Over 1,500 people participated in celebrations at Beit Orot atop the Mount of Olives marking the 44th anniversary of Jerusalem’s liberation and reunification.
On Tuesday evening, hundreds gathered for festive evening prayers overlooking the Temple Mount, followed by dancing and dinner with the participation of Jerusalem Deputy Mayor David Hadari, Member of Knesset Zevulun Orlev and noted historian Dr. Ayal Davidson. A special honor was bestowed upon the guests with the participation of Cherna Moskowitz who together with her husband Dr. Irving Moskowitz pioneered the very concept of reclaiming Jewish neighborhoods in historic Jerusalem, an effort in which Beit Orot plays a central role.
On Wednesday morning, hundreds of students from yeshivot hesder across Israel gathered in the Beit Orot courtyard to hear lectures from leading scholars on the topic of Yom Yerushalayim. Speaking at the conference were Beit Orot’s Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Dani Isaac, Former IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Ronski, Spiritual Leader of the Shomron who also serves as Rosh Yeshiva in Elon Moreh, Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, Rabbi Chaim Druckman from Yeshivat Ohr Etzion and Rabbi Eran Tamir from Machon Meir in Jerusalem.
At the completion of the lectures some 1,500 people of all ages and religious backgrounds descended from the Mount of Olives Ridge on walking tours and hikes throughout the historic areas of Jerusalem: following the path that the paratroopers took in 1967 on their way to liberating Jerusalem. The streets of East Jerusalem overlooking the Temple Mount were painted blue and white by the many flags that were being carried.
Once again, the roads of East Jerusalem were filled with song! Hundreds walked from Mount Scopus to the Shepherd Hotel and Shimon HaTzaddik neighborhood, from Augusta Victoria on the Mount of Olives to the Lions’ Gate of the Old City, and from the exact location where Motta Gur commanded the liberation of the Temple Mount down to the Western Wall.
The hikes were led by guides from Midreshet Beit Orot teaching about the history of the Six-Day war while pointing out relevant historical landmarks along the way. Midreshet Beit Orot is the educational outreach branch of Beit Orot.
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