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prayers. The Place at the centre of our Jewish aspirations, the Place where by Abraham’s submitting
himself to God made the world aware of the heinousness of the crime of human sacrifice. The Place
of Jacob’s dream The Place from which the word of God went out to the world, (Ta’anith 5a) “Come ye and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and He
will teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths for out of Zion will go the Torah and the
word of the Lord from Jerusalem”. (Isaiah Ch. 2 V. 3).
No other Place is regarded by any people as is Jerusalem by the Jews. During all this time
the Jewish Nation’s prayer was for salvation and the vision of “Next year in Jerusalem”. Now from all
parts of the world in a relatively few hours the Jew can make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and to the
centre of the world - Jerusalem. But, and there is nearly always a but, those fortunate enough to live in
Eretz Yisrael and those even more fortunate to have the privilege of living in the Holy City, the
Holiness is not complete. They say “Next year in the rebuilt Jerusalem”. Jews still yearn for the
completion of the prophecy so that we may once again celebrate Pesach in the Holy City as it should
There is a well known story in the Talmud (Makkot 24b) featuring the famous Rabbi Akiva. He
was traveling to Jerusalem with Rabbi Yehoshua and Rabbi Eliezer ben Azariyah two of his
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