In antiquity, the Great Pyramid of Giza the only wonder from the original list still standingthe statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Colossus of Rhodes a new gigantic, version of which is being built todayand others were among the occupants of the list. In fact, it is not a single wonder, but a whole list of them, but they all revolve around one question: Why do people hate Jews?
A story is told that in the s, the world-renowned tzaddik, the Chofetz Chaim, received a letter from a Jewish soldier who had been drafted into the Polish army. The soldier related that he was assigned to a remote base where there were no Jewish soldiers, no religious services, no kosher food and where it was impossible to keep Shabbat or any mitzvah at all.
His question to the Chofetz Chaim: There is one thing you can and must do. Whenever you have a free moment, speak to God, and whenever you speak to God, face east. Because you will be directing your thoughts to Jerusalem. In so doing, you will reunite yourself with the Jewish People and with God.
In fact, whenever a Jew faces Jerusalem in prayer -- he or she is in Jerusalem. The most dramatic moments of the Yom Kippur service occur just as the day is about to end.
At the conclusion of this most sacred day, a long shofar blast is sounded, to which the congregation responds, "Next year in Jerusalem. This is not a coincidence.
For many Jews, the wedding ceremony concludes with the singing of the phrase, "If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget how to function. This is in keeping with the next verse, "Let my tongue stick to my palate if I remember you not, if I set not Jerusalem above my greatest joy.
Why is there so much emphasis on remembering Jerusalem in our lives? To the world at large, the history of Jerusalem opens with its conquest by King David. For the Jew, Jerusalem is the place where man was created.
Jerusalem is the city of King Malkizedek, the city in which Abraham, Isaac and Jacob worshipped, the city chosen by God to radiate direction and spiritually to all mankind.
Jerusalem is the place where the Shechinah, the very presence of God, is felt more intensely than anywhere else on earth.
To the average Jew, numerous questions arise: Why is Jerusalem the only city mentioned in our prayers? What is the source of its holiness, the mystery of its origin? Why is the Temple of such momentous importance? Why does a Jew feel that a world without the Jerusalem Temple is a world alienated and desolate?
If you visit Jerusalem today, you will be moved by its beauty, its expanse, its bursting population, its thousands of Torah scholars and its scores of yeshivas.
There is once again more kedushah, holiness, to be found in Jerusalem than in any other spot on earth.
Jerusalem is teeming with Jewish life and with Torah. Why, then, do we still mourn its destruction? The answer to these questions is to be found in our three daily prayers for Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Talmud makes an astounding statement:This paper provides quantitative data that, in many cases, open source software / free software is equal to or superior to their proprietary competition.
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