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by Abby Gilad

May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

Jerusalem of Gold

We will celebrate Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) this year on May 19 (28 Iyar). In June 1967, the Israelis reunited Jerusalem during the Six-Day War. Until then, East Jerusalem had been in the country of Jordan. Since then, we have celebrated Jerusalem Day. It is so sad that we are still at war with our Arab neighbors. Let us continue to pray for, to ask for and to write about peace.



I Had a Box of Colors

I had a box of colors
Shining, bright and bold.
I had a box of colors
Some warm, some very cold.
I had no red for the blood of wounds
I had no black for the orphan's grief.
I had no white for dead faces and hands.
I had no yellow for burning sands.
But I had orange for the joy of life.
And I had green for buds and nests.
I had blue for clear skies.
I had pink for dreams and rest.
I sat down and painted
Peace.

This poem was written by a 12-year-old who lives in Be'er Sheva, Israel

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