b'JEWISH CALENDAR COMPANIONSpecial prayers and readings are made including Hallel, often sung in part to the tune of Jerusalem of Gold written by Naomi Shemer. This song has become the anthem for the victory in 1967 and often regarded as Israels second after Hatikva.The song and lyrics were written for a song festival in May 1967. The IDF wrestled the Old City and the rest of Jerusalem on 7th June 1967. Naomi Shemer, was about to sing to the troops not on the front line. She heard the news of the great victory and quickly wrote an extra verse which is a modified version of her original verse 2.We have returned to the cisterns To the market and to the market- placeA rams horn calls out on the Temple Mount In the Old CityAnd in the caves in the mountain Thousands of suns shine-We will once again descend to the Dead Sea By way of Jericho!Also often quoted during Jerusalem Day is the following from the Defence Minister, Moshe Dayan.This morning the Israeli Defence Forces liberated Jerusalem. We haveunitedJerusalem,thedividedcapitalofIsrael.Wehave returned to the holiest of our holy places, never to part from it again.To our Arab neighbours we extend, also at this hour - and with the added emphasis at this hour- our hand in peace. And to our Christian and Muslim fellow citizens, we solemnly promise full religious freedom and rights. We did not come to Jerusalem for the sake of other peoples holy places, and not to interfere with the adherents of other faiths, but in order to safeguard its entirety, and to live there together with others, in unity.Jerusalem marked its golden jubilee in 2017 with much celebration. Unfortunately this year there was a wholly different danger and celebrations had to be muted for the first time with the City effectively under closure. Who would have thought that it would take a pandemic to close Mahane Yehuda market, the world class Museums and of course access to the Holy sites. As Kind David wrote in the Book of Psalms, Request the welfare of Jerusalem; may those who love you enjoy tranquillity. May there be peace in your wall, tranquility in your palaces. 55'