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Celebrating Jerusalem, In Its Glory and In Its Madness

posted by Brad Hirschfield

As Jerusalem Day begins, I share these reflections on the holy city – what it means and what it has meant to different people and different traditions.  Like the city itself, the various comments both compliment and contradict each other.  My personal reflections for this Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, will be posted later.

“For three thousand years, Jerusalem has been the center of Jewish hope and longing. No other city has played such a dominant role in the history, culture, religion and consciousness of a people as has Jerusalem in the life of Jewry and Judaism. Throughout centuries of exile, Jerusalem remained alive in the hearts of Jews everywhere as the focal point of Jewish history, the symbol of ancient glory, spiritual fulfillment and modern renewal. This heart and soul of the Jewish people engenders the thought that if you want one simple word to symbolize all of Jewish history, that word would be ‘Jerusalem.’”  — Teddy Kollek

“Ten measures of beauty descended to the world, nine were taken by Jerusalem.” —Talmud: Kiddushin 49b

“Here (Jerusalem), tears do not weaken the eyes, they only polish and shine the hardness of faces like stone.” — Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet.

“The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.”  Thomas Paine

“No people blessed as thine, no city like Jerusalem” -Christian Hymn

“One prayer in Jerusalem is worth 40,000 elsewhere.” -Islamic Saying

“Jerusalem is a festival and a lamentation. Its song is a sigh across the ages, a delicate, robust, mournful psalm at the great junction of spiritual cultures.” — David K. Shipler, author and journalist

“Jerusalem will only be redeemed through [the merit of giving] charity.” — Talmud: Shabbat 139a

“There are three gates to Gehinam (hell) – one of them is in Jerusalem.” — Talmud: Eruvin 19a

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.” — Psalms 122:6-7



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment romanscapegoat

    THERE IS NOT ONE THING AMERICA BEIFITS FROM SUPORRTING ISREAL…JEWS HAVE CONQUERED AMERICA AND ARE ALLOWING THE WHITE HOUSE TO GOVERN UNDER JEW RULE…JUST AS LUCIFER ASKED HIS BROTHER JESUS TO JOIN HIM AND TOGETHR RULE THE WORLD…LUCIFER MADE THE SAME OFFER TO THE JEWS FOR KILLING THEIR MESSIAH…JEWS HAVE CONQUERED THE WORLD WITH THE HELP OF THE SPACE ALIENS WHO ARE REALLY LUCIFER AND HIS FALLEN ANGELS…

  • http://Yeswecontroltheworld Yosefjason

    Yes we control the world, that is why we have all the oil (oops better correct that). I suggest you be nice to us or our alien brothers will hunt you down. I guess that is why I see no report of massive protests that the Palestinians were supposed to have today. They saw the Enterprise and figured they better not try.

    Yosef Leader of Galactic Fleet number 5 of the Jewish Galactic alliance. (That’s why you always here about aliens abducting cows, we don’t abduct pigs they are not kosher.)

    Under orders from our high holy leader the Israeli National Anthem is no longer Hatikva but “Jews in Space” by Mel Brooks.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdjEPqWjTeU

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment romanscapegoat

    yoself….go watch a jew movie called THE FOURTH KIND…you will learn about my brother lucifer..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ekaresky

    Yosefjason,
    You need to resist temptation and don’t waste time responding to the nutcake “roman-goat.” Most of us who read this site have learned to let him rant without comment. I’m pretty sure the site managers continue to let him put comments on here as a prime example of an anti-Semitic mental case.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment romanscapegoat

    ekaresky…soon the jew owned american government will orchestrate an even bigger 9/ll attack on america…more freedoms will be taken away…free speech will be banned from internet…no twitter…facebook…beliefnet…then the jews would control the world…Lucifer will land his “spaceship”in Israel on a landing pad built by raelians…RAELIANS will punish the israelians…raelians are the people of lucifer…israelians are the people of god…god is everything…there is no freewill…god is playing with himself…learn to let go and enjoy…

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