Why We Celebrate Jerusalem Day

Yael Eckstein  |  May 17, 2023

Yael Eckstein, at the Western Wall during the Day, in Jerusalem
(Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv)

This week, Jews in Israel celebrate Jerusalem Day—Yom Yerushalayim—to commemorate the miraculous reunification of God’s Holy City in 1967. But, ALL of us—Jews and Christians, alike—should celebrate Jerusalem Day! Not only did God’s Temple once stand in Jerusalem—and will someday stand there again—but as the psalmist writes, “If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill” (137:5). God does not want us to forget His eternal capital!

In today’s special Jerusalem Day episode, we explore the spiritual significance of Jerusalem and why its historical reunification following the Six-Day War in 1967 is so important. We ALL need to recognize what God has done and is doing in Jerusalem in our times… and why both Christians and Jews should give Him thanks and praise for His miracles!

Listen now as we celebrate Jerusalem, which the Bible calls “the joy of the whole earth” (Psalm 48:2).