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NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM! In Eretz Yisrael we say NEXT YEAR IN THE REBUILT
JERUSALEM! Considering Jerusalem still not completely rebuilt until the Holy Temple once more
stands proudly at its centre when we will once again be able to celebrate the Passover as we are
commanded to in all its glory wonder and happiness
Jerusalem yearned for by our parents, grandparents, their grandparents, and their
grandparents grandparents, for eighty generations.
The Psalmist mourns By the waters of Babylon, There we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion
On its willow trees we hung our harps………
How shall we sing the Lords song in a foreign land?
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I remember thee not
If I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy (Psalm 137)
There are two Jerusalems, the earthly city capital of Israel, and its heavenly counterpart
which is alive in our minds and dreams. The earthly thriving bustling modern city with its
Synagogues, Yeshivot, the Knesset building, seat of the government, its’ motor cars and buses, its’
markets and malls and shops its’ stores, its’ supermarkets with escalators and lifts, banks, schools,
university and all the trappings of a modern city.
During the most bitter times in Jewish history The Roman destruction of Jerusalem and
expulsion of the Jews, the Byzantine persecutions, the crusades during which Christians did not wait
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