Listen to the way this historian answers the world’s questions about Jerusalem, Israel’s capital. After watching this, there should be no more questions.
Israel’s Capital is Beautiful
Having a historian explain Jerusalem to the world going all the way back to Abraham is important. Once you understand the connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem, you can enjoy the beauty and holiness of the ancient city.
And then you can delve into the many Jewish teachings about Israel’s capital, the myriad of songs, of prayers, and more.
Jewish Teaching that Says it All
In the Talmud in Kiddushin 49b, it says that ten measures of beauty were brought down into the world: nine were given to Jerusalem, and one was given to the rest of the world. There is really no explanation necessary. Come to Jerusalem, and you’ll see why.
Psalms and Prayers
Kind David’s Psalms are filled with thoughts and prayers about Jerusalem. Psalm 137 is one of the most famous. A couple lines from this Psalm are: “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill]. May my tongue cling to my palate, if I do not remember you, if I do not bring up Jerusalem at the beginning of my joy” (Translation from Chabad.org). It is clear from just these few lines how important Jerusalem is to the Jewish people.
Daily prayers talk about Jerusalem. Grace after meals talks about Jerusalem. In short, Jerusalem is always on a Jew’s mind.
And of course, there are countless songs about Jerusalem. Some ancient, some more recent. But they all point to the fact that there is a constant place for Jerusalem in a Jewish person’s heart.
For the Jewish people, history is not just something of the past; history is something the Jews live everyday. They take it with them on their journey of life. And that makes all the difference.