If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem
Tzvi FishmanBefore making Aliyah to Israel, Tzvi Fishman was a Hollywood screenwriter....
The holy return of the Jewish People to Jerusalem, in fulfillment of the words of the Prophets of Israel, evolves from the promise of the Torah, as it says in the Song at the Sea:
"Thou in Thy mercy has led forth the People which Thou hast redeemed; Thou hast guided them in Thy strength to Thy HOLY HABITATION...
"Thou shalt bring them in and plant them in the MOUNTAIN OF THY INHERITANCE, in the PLACE, O L-rd, which Thou hast made for Thee to dwell in; in the SANCTUARY, O L-rd, which Thy hands have established."
The Torah and Yerushalayim go hand in hand. So it was a fitting beginning to Jerusalem Day that a new Torah scroll was brought into the yeshiva of the holy Kabbalist and Tzaddik, HaRav Eliahu Leon Levi, along with a gala dinner celebration abounding in Torah and the blessings of Torah sages from all over Israel, who came to pay respects to the Torah and to HaRav Levi on his birthday.
Participating with the myriads of Am Yisrael in the march to the Kotel, surrounded on all sides by waves of flags, and happy faces, one cannot help but feel the joy of the Song at the Sea, being a part of the continuation and fulfillment of G-d's promise to His People to return us to Jerusalem, His chosen abode. The march was initiated by Rabbi Yehuda Hazani, my first rabbi in Israel, may his memory be for a blessing.
May you all have the unparalled blessing of being with us here next year, and marching along with us, and all of the Jewish People, to G-d's sanctuary, may it be speedily rebuilt. Amen.