As we prepare to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim next week, the day marking the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, we reflect on the meaning of this holy city’s name. The name Jerusalem is a hybrid of two different approaches: Shalem, meaning complete or whole, and Yireh, meaning vision. These two names represent two different perspectives on what it means to live a Jewish life.
Shalem represents self-improvement while Yireh represents looking beyond oneself and making a positive impact on the world. Jerusalem is not just a physical place but a concept and mission statement for the Jewish people. It represents balancing self-improvement with a commitment to making the world a better place.
On Yom Yerushalayim, we celebrate not just the reunification of a city but the reawakening of a mission. We are reminded that Jerusalem is not just a place but a call to action. We are called upon to use our vision and our commitment to self-improvement to make a positive impact on the world around us.