Yerushalayim shel Maala, Yerushalayim shel Mata – Jerusalem from above and below

Jerusalem is often spoken of in terms of “Yerushalayim shel Maala” – the Heavenly, or spiritual, Jerusalem, and “Yerushalayim shel Mata” – the earth-bound, physical city of Jerusalem.  Each aspect has its own special characteristics, and Jerusalem can only ever be fully understood when both its heavenly and earthly characteristics are considered together.

It was fortuitous therefore to discover on the same day, right in time for Yom Yerushalayim, two wonderful videos, one showing Jerusalem from above – although I admit, it’s not exactly a view from Heaven; it’s simply an aerial view combined with street views – and one of Jerusalem from below – literally, an underground view of the latest excavations and exciting discoveries at Ir David, the City of David.

The first site (via Hadassah) is actually a 3D tour of Jerusalem of all the important sites of Jerusalem. I could have stared at it and studied it for hours. Here’s a screenshot, but click on the above link and take the tour. You won’t regret it!

Screenshot from the 3D tour of Jerusalem

The second video (via Neil Turner) is an in-depth exploration of Ir David, the City of David, at the site of the excavations. The video is quite long but it’s fascinating to learn about all the artefacts that have been discovered and how they attest to and confirm the Jewish presence in Jerusalem 3,000 years ago.

Happy Yom Yerushalayim. Chag Same’ach to Jerusalem and all of Israel.

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