Psalms 137:5 - If I forget thee o'Jerusalem let my right hand be cut off.

This verse is such a famous and well known verse about Jerusalem. It's become a very personal verse for me and my family after we made Jerusalem our home for the past 10 years. It's commonly translated as "If I forget thee o'Jerusalem let my right hand be cut off," but I've come to understand this verse in a deeper vein after experiencing the holiness of the city.⁣

We're being taught to view Jerusalem as more then just a physical city, as more then just a geographic location but to relate to it as the very center of humanity and the essence of God's presence in the world.

A central thought in Judaism is that Jerusalem is a city for all nations and religions - all are welcome. When the Temple stood in the center of Jerusalem the walls would expand to fit all who came to pray in it; no one was turned away. The risk of forgetting Jerusalem is really the risk of losing our north star and of losing our way in the world. Even the risk of losing ourselves because without the guiding presence of Jerusalem we truly wouldn't have anything.⁣⠀⠀

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