In 1966, Rabbi Emanuel Feldman, Rav of a growing congregation in Atlanta, GA, and his young family, spent a sabbatical year in Eretz Yisrael. They lived in Bnei Brak, where the children went to school, and Rabbi Feldman taught English at Bar Ilan University.

On the 8th of Iyar 5727, Rabbi Feldman began to keep a journal, a personal account of the tensions building around them, which culminated in June 1967, with the Six-Day War. 

On the occasion of 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, Feldheim Publishers reissued Rabbi Emanuel Feldman's bestseller, "The 28th of Iyar." The volume presents his journal entries, a day-to-day account of the fears, dilemmas, despair and joys of the historical days.  

On the tenth of Iyar, motza'ei Shabbos, Feldman recorded, "During davening in shul this morning we were constantly interrupted by the roar of traffic outside. Will I ever forget the sight of the men in shtriemlach and long black coats, their peyos dangling at their sides, riding off to war in jeeps? Did I say war? A slip of the tongue. A Freudian slip? I hope not."

Many urged the Feldman family to return to the United States, including his brother, Rosh Yeshiva Rav Aaron Feldman, who lived in Israel at the time. However, the Feldman family decided to stay. 

BJL asked Rabbi Feldman, looking back over the last 50 years, what would you add now to your account of the events?

"In 1967. after the war, it felt like Mashiach's footsteps could be heard. The miracle was too profound for it to be anything but min Hashamayim. But somehow, we were not yet deemed worthy of he ultimate final Geulah/redemption. We must keep working towards it," he responded.

Asked about a Baltimore memory to include, he added, "Baltimore is where my father z"l served as Rav for 40 years, and where I grew up, went to TA, City College, Ner Yisrael and Hopkins. I have many memories of all these places, plus Druid Hill Park. The essential sweetness and "southernness" of Baltimore helped prepare me for the sweetness of the truly southern city of Atlanta, where I was Rav for 40 years."

For those not familiar with the history of the Six-Day War, this is an important book to read. The belligerent actions of President of Egypt Gamal Abdul Nasser Hussein, closing the Straits of Tiran to Israeli ships, and, less then twenty years after establishment of Israel, the United States would not intervene and send military aide, are two significant factors included in the daily logs. 

Rabbi Feldman had the zechus to be one of the first Jews to get into the Old City, and go to to the Kossel at the conclusion of the war in June 1967. 

Over the past 50 years, many books have been written of the military and historical significance of the Six-Day War. However, Rav Feldman;s honest and open diary entries give readers a personal and significant glimpse of those few emotional days, in his entertaining and enlightening style, that of one of the United States most successful pulpit rabbis and gifted authors.

The 28th of Iyar - 50th Anniversary Edition is available in hardcover, 176 pages, in US $14.99, published by Feldheim.