Love of the Land

For the week ending 4 June 2005 / 26 Iyyar 5765

Yom Yerushalayim

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

As Israel celebrates the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Yerushalayim we recall how this holy city got its name.

When G-d wished to endow His chosen city with a name, He recalled that Malki-Tzedek, who was Shem, the son of Noach, had called it Shalem and that Avraham had called it Yireh.

"If I call it Yireh as did Avraham, the righteous Malki-Tzedek (Shem) will feel slighted, and if I call it Shalem, Avraham will be offended. I will therefore call it Yireh-Shalem, combining both of their names."

And so was born the name Yireh-Shalem which we pronounce Yerushalayim and revere as the eternal capital of Israel.

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