The annual celebration is observed most publicly by Israel's religious right, some of whom turn it into a nationalistic holiday. At times, it has become an occasion for incitement in Jerusalem; see this example from 2011.
Join with T'ruah in transforming Yom Yerushalayim into a day that embraces and honors Jerusalem's complexities. Help restore Jerusalem to its intended status as the “City of Peace” and the “City of God."
Hallel for Yom Yerushalayim
The Israeli Rabbinate has approved Yom Yerushalayim as a day on which Hallel, the set of psalms recited on holidays and Rosh Chodesh, should be said. As a response to the complexities of celebrating a day that also has a dark side, Rabbi Ezra Weinberg offers this musical setting for Hallel.
- B'tzeit Yisrael MiMitzrayim (Psam 114)--set to Carlebach's Im Eshkachech Yerushalayim, "If I forget Thee, Oh Jerusalem."
- Yisrael b'tach b'Adonai (Psalm 115:9-11, the end of the paragraph "Lo Lanu")--set to Carlebach's Acheinu kol beit Yisrael
- Et'halech lifnei Adonai (Psalm 116:9-11, the end of the paragraph "Ahavti ki yishm,a Adonai")--continuing Carlebach's Acheinu kol beit Yisrael
- Mah Ashiv l'Adonai (Psalm 116:12-19)--set to Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg's tune for Min HaMeitzar
- Hallelu et Adonai, Hodu l'Adonai ki tov (Psalm 117 and 118:1-4)--set to Carlebach's Elecha Adonai ekra
- Pitchu Li, Odecha (Psalm 118:19-24)--set to Carlebach's U-va'u HaOvdim
- Baruch haba through the end of Hallel (Psalm 118:26-29)--set to Carlebach's LiYerushalayim Ircha
Israeli source documents
- Letter from Rabbi Tamir Nir, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, to Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, regarding changing the Yom Yerushalayim parade route so it does not run through the Muslim Quarter. Translated by T'ruah, 2016/5776.
- Al HaNisim: A Prayer on Miracles for Yom Yerushalayim. For Yom Yerushalayim 2012/5772 by Rabbi Gilah Langner.
- Submit Your Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem.
Films with Discussion Guides
T'ruah is proud to provide Jewish educational resources that accompany two Just Vision documentary projects about the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah: My Neighbourhood and Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah. These two films chronicle the story of Mohammed El Kurd, a Palestinian teenager forced to share a section of his house with Israeli settlers. Mohammed comes-of-age in the midst of unrelenting tension with his neighbours and unexpected cooperation with Israeli allies in his backyard.
- My Neighbourhood: A 25-minute Peabody Award winning documentary directed by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi.
- Home Front Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah: A series of online documentary shorts directed by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi.
- Justice for Jerusalem Full Text Study Packet
- Jerusalem: Earthy City or Celestial Dwelling Place of God?
- The King's Garden: When Memory and Messiness Collide
- The King's Garden: Biblical Heritage, Eminent Domain, and Moral Challenges
- Jerusalem's Many Faces a D'var Torah for Human Rights Shabbat 2011/5772 by Marisa Elana James, T'ruah's Rabbinical Student Fellow in Israel.
- What Is Our Dream of Zion? A D'var Torah by Rabbi Edward Feld, 2011.
- Every City Has a Name... A D'var Torah by Rabbinical Student Miriam Farber.
- Falling in Love Again with Israel, Thoughts for the High Holidays 2008/5769 by Rabbi Ellen Lippmann.