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Prayers for Jerusalem

שאלו שלום ירושלים

Three people were murdered this morning in a terrorist attack at the entrance to Jerusalem. Jerusalem which now hosts so many displaced residents of the north and south in its hotels, with special hospitality. A Jerusalem where support delegations from all over the world arrive every day, to stand on the right side of history.

I am placing here one chapter of the Psalms, for healing the wounded and in memory of the murdered, which reminds us of what Jerusalem is supposed to be like. A city that is joined together, a city of peace and tranquility, a city of unity and holiness.

King David wrote these words on behalf of the pilgrims to the Temple, and the commentators explain: Just as materials need to be prepared for the construction of Jerusalem, songs and hymns must also be prepared for the era in which Jerusalem will be built in this way. Here it is:

שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת לְדָוִד, שָׂמַחְתִּי בְּאֹמְרִים לִי בֵּית ה' נֵלֵךְ.
עֹמְדוֹת הָיוּ רַגְלֵינוּ בִּשְׁעָרַיִךְ יְרוּשָׁלָ͏ִים.
יְרוּשָׁלַ͏ִם הַבְּנוּיָה כְּעִיר שֶׁחֻבְּרָה לָּהּ יַחְדָּו.
שֶׁשָּׁם עָלוּ שְׁבָטִים שִׁבְטֵי יָהּ עֵדוּת לְיִשְׂרָאֵל, לְהֹדוֹת לְשֵׁם ה'.
כִּי שָׁמָּה יָשְׁבוּ כִסְאוֹת לְמִשְׁפָּט, כִּסְאוֹת לְבֵית דָּוִיד.
שַׁאֲלוּ שְׁלוֹם יְרוּשָׁלָ͏ִם, יִשְׁלָיוּ אֹהֲבָיִךְ.
יְהִי שָׁלוֹם בְּחֵילֵךְ, שַׁלְוָה בְּאַרְמְנוֹתָיִךְ.
לְמַעַן אַחַי וְרֵעָי אֲדַבְּרָה נָּא שָׁלוֹם בָּךְ.
לְמַעַן בֵּית ה' אֱלֹהֵינוּ אֲבַקְשָׁה טוֹב לָךְ.



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