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Let’s talk about Jerusalem

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16.07.2021

It’s always in the news. It’s locked into our prayers. It’s mythical and it’s very real. It’s a place of heartbreak and heartache, it’s a space of joy and jubilation. It’s twice on the Jewish calendar. It’s Jerusalem,  ירושלים, city of old, city of gold…
It’s on our minds as we approach Tisha B’Av (or 9th Av) this coming Saturday night and Sunday. It’s on our minds as the city comes to terms with the latest tension centred on the centre, the Temple Mount,Muslim unrest and recent war.
I love the Old City with its cobbled walkways, its honeyed walls and its one majestic Wall. It enchants with its wondrous layers of civilization. I never tire of it, although its pain and tension are sometimes unbearable. Historian, Paul Johnson once called it the most edgy city in the world. In these Covid times I miss my regular visits to this city of dreams.

Jerusalem occupies a space in our souls – we’ve always directed our words and prayers towards it: It’s an elemental part of our most repeated prayer, the daily Amidah: “To Jerusalem, Your city, may you rebuild it rapidly in our days as an........

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