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Yom Yerushalayim

Today is Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), commemorating the reunification of the Holy City of Jerusalem, which has stood as the capital of the Jewish Nation for 3,000 years. During the 1967 “Six Day War,” Israeli paratroopers captured the Old City of Jerusalem, restoring Jewish control of the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site. Soldiers danced, sang and cried at the Western Wall, the site of Jewish prayers for centuries. A plaza was cleared in front of the Wall, and one week later, tens of thousands of Jews swarmed to the site during the holiday of Shavuot.

Yom Yerushalayim is celebrated with concerts and prayers of thanksgiving.