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The 2,000-Year Jewish Love Affair

Has any people ever had such a deep connection to their capital as the Jewish people?

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It was in the year 70 CE that we lost her, but we never forgot her. Foreign armies pillaged, slaughtered and raped her, yet her name has remained on our lips three times a day in our prayers. With hope and faith of a day when she would come back to us, we could not give her up.

Then, on the 28th of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar, in the year 1967, we touched her sacred walls again, our hearts melted, and as the prophets foretold we once again heard in the streets of our Jerusalem “the sounds of joy and laughter, the voices of bride and bridegroom, along with the joyous songs of people bringing thanksgiving offerings to the LORD. They will sing, ‘Give thanks to the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, for the LORD is good. His faithful love endures forever!’ For I will restore the prosperity of this land to what it was in the past, says the LORD” (Jer. 33:11).

There are many stories describing the eternal connection and love affair between Jerusalem and the…

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