Join PJ Our Way in Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War

Posted April 28, 2017  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

 by Catriella Freedman, Director, PJ Our Way


What is the Six-Day War?
The Six-Day War describes the conflict fought between Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in June of 1967. Israel’s victory in the conflict lead to the reunification of Jerusalem.
 
 
 

HISTORY
On June 5, 1967, after weeks of continued military threats from its neighboring Arab countries, Israel staged a preemptive attack against the Egyptian Air Force, thereby initiating a full-scale war. As Syria and Jordan quickly joined the fighting, many Jews in and out of Israel feared that this war would bring an end to the tiny Jewish state. How wrong they were! Not only was the war quick (six days long!), Israel managed to destroy the Egyptian Air Force, defend and enlarge its territory, prove the strength and capacity of its army, and reclaim Jerusalem as its capital. For the first time in 19 years when the Jordanians had taken control of Jerusalem’s Old City and forbade entry to Jews, Israelis flocked back to the Western Wall, the historic symbol of Judaism and its ties to the land. Interested in learning more? Check out the PJ Our Way selection, The Six-Day Hero, by Tammar Stein
 

 
Although 50 years on, peace in the region is still elusive, Jews around the world can feel proud and strong in the knowledge that a democratic and powerful Israel still exists and that its doors are always open. As Jews commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, this is a great opportunity to talk with your kids about Israel and Jerusalem.
 
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • What is necessary for a conflict to be resolved?
  • In Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, the Jewish Quarter is home to the Kotel, known as the Western Wall—why is this site so important?
  • Kids from the national Design Team talk about  what they love about Israel. What do you love about Israel?
  • Ask your kids: what about Israel do you wish you knew more about?

ACTIVITIES
  • Play “matkot” or beach paddle ball – it’s one of the most popular recreational sports in Israel. You don’t need a beach to play either, just a paddle set from your local sporting goods or toy store, and a friend.
  • Israel has the highest number of academics per capita in the world! Exercise your brain by trying a science experiment based on Israel’s Dead Sea. Place an egg in a glass of water, slowly start adding salt. Keep adding until the egg floats to the top – what makes that happen?
  • Bring a little bit of Israel into your home by turning store bought American hummus into real Israeli hummous. Scroll down for the recipe.
    Hummous
    Ingredients:
    • One container of your favorite store bought hummus
    • ¼ cup cold pressed olive oil
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • Extra olive oil, paprika, and zaatar for garnish
    • Fresh pita
     
    Directions:
    • Empty one container of your favorite store bought hummus into a shallow round dish.
    • Add ¼ cup cold pressed olive oil, and mix until smooth.
    • Add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp garlic powder, and mix until smooth.
    • Smooth the hummus with the back of a spoon.
    • Drizzle olive oil, paprika, and zaatar over the top for garnish.
    • Warm up your fresh pita and dig in!
  • Placing notes with prayers in the cracks in the Western Wall in Jerusalem dates to the early eighteenth century. Over a million notes are placed there each year. If you could put a message in the wall today, what would it say?
  • Did you know that Israelis eat watermelon with feta cheese? This is one of the most popular summer treats served in the best beach-side cafés in Tel Aviv. Enjoy this popular Israeli treat by combining cubed watermelon with sliced feta, sprinkle with salt, and enjoy!

 
  • This symbol has been Jerusalem’s official emblem since 1950 and includes the symbol of the lion representing the lion of Judah, the Western Wall, and the olive branch representing the quest for peace. If your family designed a family emblem, what would you include?
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