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Arrow and ballista stone that was part of Jerusalem's destruction, with the 2,000-year old Freedom of Zion coin and Jerusalem as a splendorous crown in the background - Photo: AnaRina Bat Tzion Kreisman
דַּבְּרוּ עַל-לֵב יְרוּשָׁלִַם, וְקִרְאוּ אֵלֶיהָ--כִּי מָלְאָה צְבָאָהּ, כִּי נִרְצָה עֲוֺנָהּ: כִּי לָקְחָה מִיַּד יְי כִּפְלַיִם בְּכָל-חַטֹּאתֶיהָ

Speak to Jerusalem's Heart, and proclaim over her, her service is complete, her sin is paid off, she took a double-double portion from Hashem's hand. Isaiah 40:2

לְמַעַן צִיּוֹן לֹא אֶחֱשֶׁה, וּלְמַעַן יְרוּשָׁלִַם לֹא אֶשְׁקוֹט, עַד-יֵצֵא כַנֹּגַהּ צִדְקָהּ, וִישׁוּעָתָהּ כְּלַפִּיד יִבְעָר.
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For Zion's sake, I will not be silent, for Jerusalem's sake, I will not be quiet until her righteousness/vindication goes out like a bright shining light, her salvation like a burning torch.

Isaiah 62:1

וְהָיִית עֲטֶרֶת תִּפְאֶרֶת, בְּיַד יְי

And you (Jerusalem) shall be a crown of splendor in Hashem's hand. Isaiah 62:3

עַל חוֹמֹתַיִךְ יְרוּשָׁלִַם, הִפְקַדְתִּי שֹׁמְרִים כָּל-הַיּוֹם וְכָל-הַלַּיְלָה תָּמִיד, לֹא יֶחֱשׁוּ; הַמַּזְכִּרִים, אֶת-יְי אַל-דֳּמִי, לָכֶם. וְאַל-תִּתְּנוּ דֳמִי, לוֹ: עַד-יְכוֹנֵן וְעַד-יָשִׂים אֶת-יְרוּשָׁלִַם, תְּהִלָּה בָּאָרֶץ

On your walls Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen, all day and all night they will not be silent. You hare the reminders of Hashem, don't be silent for your own sake, and don't give Him a moment to be silent, until He establishes, until He positions/makes her a Praise to the Earth! Isaiah 62:6-7

Today is Jerusalem Day. I will let the verses do the talking, after that it's your turn. You are obligated to say something. Isaiah makes it very clear, that reminding Hashem of Jerusalem's journey to wholeness is a commandment, not a choice.

Her well-being is your well-being.

So if she is in ruins, where are you at? The greater Jerusalem might be stretching out to the left and the right, but her heart is still in ruins. If she heals, you heal.

More than that, universal healing comes because you request her wholeness beyond yourself, for the sake of your loved ones and family.

Again, this is not me trying to be dramatic on this day. Psalms 122 makes it very clear:

שַׁ֭אֲלוּ שְׁל֣וֹם יְרוּשָׁלָ֑͏ִם

Petition for the wholeness of Jerusalem ...(v6)

לְ֭מַעַן אַחַ֣י וְרֵעָ֑י אֲדַבְּרָה־נָּ֖א שָׁל֣וֹם בָּֽךְ

For the sake of my brothers and my loved ones I will (with deep request) say Shalom (wellbeing) be within you.


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