CELEBRATING THE RESTORATION AND REUNIFICATION OF JERUSALEM
Yom Yerushalaim ~ 28 Iyar 5775 / 17th May 2015 ~ Jerusalem Day
Following is an excerpt from the historic JERUSALEM COVENANT, written to acknowledge the miraculous return of the Jewish people to Jerusalem in June 1967.
The original Jerusalem Covenant is displayed alongside Israel’s Declaration of Independence in the Knesset and for the past twenty years has been signed by hundreds of visiting dignitaries.
Once again, ‘our feet stand within your gates, O Jerusalem –
Jerusalem built as a city joined together’
which unites the people of Israel to one another
and links heavenly Jerusalem with earthly Jerusalem.
Jerusalem – peace and tranquility shall reign in the city:
‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may those who love you be tranquil. May there be peace within your walls, and tranquility within your palaces.’
Out of Jerusalem, a message of peace went forth and shall yet go forth again to all the inhabitants of the earth:
And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war anymore.
In the future, The Holy One, the Blessed, will comfort Jerusalem only with Shalom.
From this place, we once again take this vow:
‘If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand lose its strength; may my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not raise up Jerusalem at the very height of my rejoicing.’
And with all these understandings, we enter into this Covenant and write:
‘We shall bind you to us forever;
we shall bind you to us with faithfulness,
with righteousness and justice,
with steadfast love and compassion.’
We love you, O Jerusalem,
with eternal love, with unbounded love,
under siege and when liberated
from the yoke of oppressors.
We have been martyred for you;
we have yearned for you,
we have clung to you.
Our faithfulness to you we shall
to our children after us.
Forevermore our home shall be within you.”
Amen and Amen.
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