5th Day of Chol Hamoed Sukkot
Jerusalemites have a modern tradition during the week of Sukkot. It's called the Jerusalem March. This year it is planned for Tuesday, 10 October. Here is a bit of history about it...
Jerusalem March – then and now
...The march has grown with each successive year since it was established in April, 1955 as a four-day march to Jerusalem for 200 IDF soldiers, joined by 70 civilians. In 1957, the Jerusalem March was turned into a popular event attended by about 5,000 marching soldiers and civilians and by 1966 there were 15,000 marchers.
In 1968, then-IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Mordechai “Motta” Gur reduced the march to three days.
According to Wikipedia (entry in Hebrew), the heavy autumn rains of 1972 dispersed the march soon after it began and, due to budgetary considerations, there was no 1973 march. It was, however decided, that the next march would take place in the fall during Sukkot, rather than the Passover season.
In 1974, the march was re-instituted though reduced to one day only during which the marchers would enter Jerusalem, instead of traversing half the country. In addition, a new format was introduced: separate trails of varying degrees of difficulty, making it easier for walkers and hikers of all levels to participate.Despite what many newcomers may think, the Jerusalem March was not begun by Christians. They just have sort of taken it over.
From 2003 on, thousands of Christians pilgrims have joined in the Jerusalem March as part of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem’s Feast of Tabernacles celebration.
Merv and Merla Watson, Christian musicians and evangelists who live permanently in Israel, are credited with initiating the Christian participation in the Jerusalem March, which has grown to a full week-long Christian Sukkot Extravaganza called the Feast of Tabernacles or just the "Feast." (And it's not just in Jerusalem. Participants are touring all over the country.)
MERV AND MERLA WATSON
"...they conceived and spearheaded the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, as well as the Feast of Tabernacles, an annual event lasting a week, which draws 6000 Christians from 108 different countries. Both these ventures annually produce millions of dollars, which go into the Israeli economy. The Watsons were also the first ones to introduce the Hebraic style of music and choreographed spiritual dance into worship."
Note how the publicity of their events emphasizes the centrality of Yeshu and their worship of him. This is an event with a mission!
Imagine being invited as a "guest" into your own home!
Massive avodah zarah and chillul Hashem! How can any Jew participate in or stand by and observe such a travesty on the streets of Jerusalem during Sukkot!
The Christians have been told not to hand out candies to the children or any kind of "tracts," but they find a way to deliver their message anyway - like this bookmark that was passed out to the crowds of onlookers last year, along with balloons and other similar trinkets with messages included.
On the right it makes note that this comes with "love and blessings from Christians in Malaysia." And it includes the universally-recognized symbol of The One New Man - Jew and Christians together as one, God forbid!
Are these "friends"? No! They are an enemy. Stay far, far away from them and warn everyone you know to stay away, too! And plead with HKB"H in your prayers to please purify and cleanse us and our land of all avodah zarah forever!!