Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

November 19, 2014 | Rabbi Aaron Bergman

For thousands of years we as a Jewish people dreamed of the return to our land, and especially to Jerusalem, the City of David, the City of Peace. We today are living the dream of those who came before us. Jerusalem is a modern and ancient city, a city where the prayers of all faiths are freely expressed without fear.

We, the Jewish people, took a city that was closed to all but a few, and opened it to the world, often to our own danger. We did so because it was, and still is, the right thing to do.
That is why the events of the last few weeks, and especially today, have been so horrifying. Jews are being attacked in a cowardly and lethal manner. Our enemies are running over civilians, and murdering people as they pray. There is no possible excuse for this. These are the acts of people who reject the possibility of living in peace with Israel.
Outcries from the world are fine. Until the families and leaders of these terrorists have the same outcry against theses acts, will there be the possibility of peace.

There are legitimate differences of opinion about political outcomes.

There can be no difference of opinion on the crimes of these murderers.

The Jewish people convinced the world that we should have a state because we built a society, not because we tried to destroy another.

It is important to tell the world, especially our own American government, of the importance of Jerusalem. Contact your representatives, senators and the White House, to express your love of Israel, the appreciation of the support that America has shown for Israel over the years, and the hope that this support will continue, not just to benefit Israel, but the entire Middle East and the whole world.

Every day we say the words of Psalm 137: If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand wither away! May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I fail to remember you, if I fail to count Jerusalem the greatest of all my joys.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

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