Here we are about to celebrate two of the most important dates in our history- the liberation of Jerusalem and the liberation of Hevron- one preceeding the other. For us who lived through these momentous days the privilege that we had to witness the return home after so many years of longing and prayers are unforgettable.
Even today when I go up to Jerusalem and Hevron and travel the Path of the Forefathers I thank HaShem- G-d for the privilege. This is not something to take for granted. Yet, sadly it is in many ways pushed aside and forgotten by too many of our people.
I had the zchut- privilege of hearing a beloved friend and true leader and lover of our people, Hanan Porat z"l when he told of the return to Jerusalem and the battle to liberate our eternal capital. I also heard and saw him time after time with his eyes full of tears when he spoke of the danger of abandoning Kever Rachel following the Olso Agreements and how he went with Rav Porush z"l to the Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to beg not to abandon "Mamma Rochel."
I remember hearing the voice of Motta Gur as he proclaimed ,"The Temple Mount is in our hands." We are all praying and waiting for this to come true- that we, the Jewish people will finally see the liberation of the Temple Mount and for Jews to have the religious freedom of praying there while we wait for the Third Temple to be built.-may it be soon in our days.
In the meantime we celebrate the liberation of Jerusalem and Hevron- the return of the sons to Gush Etzion and the vital important regions of our Land and will determindely and devotedly continue to redeem our Land and build it.
Chag Yerushalayim and Chevron sameach.