A Letter to the World from Jerusalem, 1969

Eliezer Whartman has a few things he needs to get off his chest.

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Comments (38)

(34) Sheila Deutsch, May 24, 2017 5:51 PM

This was an article printed the "Times of Israel" a short lived English newspaper in Israel. It was later printed in the NY Times by my husband, Bernard Deutsch, who passed away May 4th of this year. Am Yisoel Chai. SD.

(33) April Sharrock, February 25, 2012 11:02 PM

With G-d's help, one day we'll physically be a part of the rebuilding of Yerushalayim. For now, we pray, encourage, and stand with those of you who are home.

(32) C.B., July 6, 2011 2:37 AM


According to the Torah, Jerusalem and Israel is going to be rebuilt when Moshiach comes, and G-d decides. It's not in ours or the world's hands. We are just lucky now that we have access to the land.

?, January 30, 2012 2:16 AM

How do you know Yerushalayim and Israle will be rebuilt when Moshiach comes? Perhaps the Jews inhabit, settle and work the land and rebuild it with G-ds help now, Moshiach will come and complete the mission. And nothing is "luck", its all hashgacha.

(31) suzzanne nemick, May 30, 2011 3:59 AM

this helps to understand what is obvious.

I love this.

Anonymous, May 23, 2017 7:51 PM

Total agreement: it helps to understand WHAT IS OBVIOUS

This is the best ever and I completely agree with you -- I love this too.

(30) Chana Veffer, May 29, 2011 3:46 PM

mistaken credit

This article has been mistakenly accredited to Stanley Goldfoot. It was actually written by journalist Eliezer Whartman, now age 91, who is currently living in Ramat Eshkol in Jerusalem. I want to set the record straight on his behalf.

Dov Peretz Elkins, May 23, 2017 4:50 PM

Stanley Goldfoot

I believe that the true author was Stanley Goldfoot.

(29) Esree, March 30, 2011 3:47 AM

I'm happy to be apar5 of it.

(28) es58, November 8, 2010 3:27 AM

Agree with Conditions

The sentiments expressed here are utterly moving ; the stress of this being the focal point of our prayers is the key; We have been removed from this place before; but the only force that can cause our removal is the will of Hashem; while all our efforts must be put forth, If we ever think that our remaining there is based on our own strength, w/o will of Heaven, we're lost.

(27) dev, July 17, 2010 10:32 PM

truth in every word

amazing film and very inspirational to give the strength to protect our nation every day!

(26) Jack Sodikoff, June 11, 2010 8:24 PM

Excellent letter. Spoken far too fast

I've seen this letter before and it is an excellent expression of one who lives in Jerusalem. The problem was that he spoke too fast and thus there wasn't enough time to allow the listener to absorb so many of the important points to be told. Suggestion: Do this again with an eloquent speaker who will slower thus more effective. Also, have it published so people can read and reread it at their own pace. I love the letter but not the presentation. It's such a great letter that it bears being redone.

suzzanne nemick, May 30, 2011 4:06 AM

Ancient problems made contemporary, through the musical rhythmical means of rap.

I understand that it seems fast. The older we get the faster youth seems to go. I can hardly understand peiople sometimes and have to ask them to slow down, on the phone in particular.

(25) , May 16, 2010 7:50 PM

This is tottaly true-we wont give any more "pieces of land" to them again, Israel belongs to the jews, and we will keep it that way!Surprisingly, i wonder why people actualy bother these days, or therse generations to fight with jews because no matter what will happen, we will always still exsist-and that is even a promise from G-d...

(24) Carin, May 16, 2010 4:06 AM

whatever you do keep Jerusalem

Please whatever you do, keep your Holy City. It was the highlight of my visit to your country in October 2009.

(23) Gershom May, April 28, 2010 6:00 PM

G-D's word never goes - unfulfilled

I sent this to my mixed - E-Mail list of Jewish and for the benefit - of my NON-Jewish friends. I was sent this letter below - which I got - from a Sephardic Jewry site. I thought I'd share it. As it is poignant - for the Israeli 62nd Anniversary. It is taught that - G-D's word - NEVER - goes - unfulfilled. As we celebrate - Israeli Independence Day - next week. We are reminded - by this letter - written a few years ago. That - What the Nation of Israel has known - for centuries. That G-D's Word - does not go - unfulfilled. For - once again - the whole of the Land of Israel - is being reclaimed - for the Jewish Nation/People - as G-D promised - in His Torah. ** BTW -This would/could include - those non-Jews - who choose - to accept/follow - G-D's Torah Covenant and Laws. He promised - that though we would be exiled - to the other nations of the world - because of our sins. HE - G-D - would NOT - abandon - nor forsake us. HE - would bring us back - from those nations - even from the ends of the heavens - to the Land - HE - gave to Avraham - Yitzchaq - and Israel - FOREVER. So - WE can inherit it, and HE - will increase our numbers - even more than - our forefathers. A promise - HE - made - forever.

(22) AMEN, April 23, 2010 7:59 PM

And all i can say is WOW! Beautiful!!

(21) Anonymous, April 12, 2010 2:44 AM

Great film! Only when the Messiah comes...

Enjoyed this passionate clip. Of course we will never leave, with G-d's help. But when we say "next year in Jerusalem", when we currently are in Jerusalem, we are really referring to the REBUILT Jerusalem in all its glory when Moshiach /the Messiah comes, with the Holy Temple restored for eternity. Only then will it be completely in our hands forever with no one trying to fight us. We can bring this time closer by working on improving our love for fellow Jews and commitment to G-d and performing His mitzvot.

(20) Anonymous, March 25, 2010 6:35 PM

Holiest Place

Har HaBait is the holiest place for Jews; not the Kotel!

(19) Anonymous, March 24, 2010 4:23 PM

WOW!!!! You said what had been dwelling in my heart for a long time- in just a couple of minutes. I think many agree!

(18) Bobrod, March 21, 2010 6:10 PM


(17) Anonymous, March 19, 2010 6:48 PM



(16) Beverly Kurtin, March 19, 2010 7:46 AM


I have a copy of this on my Zune along with other pro-Israel films that show the hypocrisy that the world has shown us for thousands of years. I am adding that collection to the "Over the Line" by the University of Jerusalem. I love the looks of the British and French when they realize that there was a time when their precious cities were NOTHING while we based in intelligence and the progression of civilization. I live in Texas in which the Super Right Wing Christians are waving their ignorance with pride. To them, the experts know nothing and the separation of church and state have led them to ignore Thomas Jefferson. They are ignoring the Constitution of the United States, they are trying to convert all to their filthy brand of religion...just close your eyes, cover your ears and keep your mouth shut. Sounds like Nazi Germany all over again, but this time it is coming from the Lone Star State. Know where your enemies stand and you will know what to do.

(15) Anonymous, March 19, 2010 3:37 AM

WOW!!!! Such Honesty and Passion!!!! :):):)

I Loved this lyrical rendition that sounds as authentic as when it first was composed, I am sure :):):). Todah Rabba Ahavah

(14) Yeshaya Bellovin, March 18, 2010 11:35 PM

show this to Joe Biden and his boss

Show this to Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and their boss.

(13) Keith, March 17, 2010 12:56 PM


(12) Rex Lee, March 17, 2010 5:13 AM

Very Very Good!

To (3) Anonymous, September 30, 2009 You're not a Torah scholar are you? Next year in Jerusalem !!!

(11) , March 17, 2010 3:13 AM

My heart swells as the tears well in my eyes. Maybe, next year in Jerusalem is always said and sometimes cried. I also felt a sense of pride at survival against all odds and pride in knowing all the studying and living the life and loving all the Holy Days perhaps at some time... in Jerusalem... in Jerusalem. Kathy

(10) collins Tugumisirize, March 17, 2010 2:10 AM

Africa stands by Israel

Its soo strange how the nations of this world make silly choices, especially the soo called civilised, when they keep silent, or indifferent about the troubles of israel-jerusalem. Its easier for them to take a stand for terrorists, injustice and uncivilisation... and make unfair demands on israel- the worlds one hope for justice, freedom and righteousness. May all africa stand by israel. May Israel not give up its right to rebuild and reposses Jerusalem and the temple completely. JUST IGNORE THE WORLD, they will soon get over it! Really what can they do?? Love to you all who love israel

(9) Larry Fleck, March 17, 2010 12:57 AM

truth, but

What he says is great, but that won't stop the left wing from chas v'shalom helping to destroy it.

(8) Gabo, March 17, 2010 12:05 AM

Full Letter

See: http://myhebrewplace.com/A_LETTER_to_the_WORLD.html

(7) MARIA, March 16, 2010 11:32 PM


(6) Gittel, March 16, 2010 4:13 PM

The Whole Letter

The Whole Letter can be read at the following link: http://myhebrewplace.com/A_LETTER_to_the_WORLD.html Indeed, "this article is as relevant and critical today as when it was written." Excellent and poignant job on the animation--Thanks aish.com and Shoot East!

(5) Anonymous, March 16, 2010 2:22 PM

Our G-d can not be killed!

Hashem can not be killed or his covenant changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Just because some religious org. moves into Israel, doesn't make them a part of the covenant. If you want what us Jews have had to go through, we'll pass the buck, however, we still have the covenant and always will, that's why others hate us. Is that being prideful? No! We just know our G-d is faithful and he can not be moved by threats from the enemy, his enemies!

(4) barbara, January 27, 2010 9:27 PM

peace to jerusalem

thanks. would like to read the whole letter.

(3) Anonymous, September 30, 2009 9:24 PM

Let's usher in the age of World Peace

(2) elana, September 24, 2009 1:45 AM


This was a fantastic video...would love to read the whole letter.

(1) Todd Meade, July 26, 2009 9:17 PM


Next year in Jerusalem


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