Translation: If I forget Jerusalem Let My Right Hand Leave Me
Source: Psalms 137:5
Dimensions: 11.75 inches x 11.75
Ruthie's Thoughts: 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. Jerusalem is the center of humanity, the very essence of our beings and we pray to be reunited with it in a complete way once the 3rd temple is built.
Another beautiful way to to connect to this verse is that Jerusalem is so strongly a part of each and every person that to forget it would be as unbelievable as forgetting that your right hand is a part of your body. In other words, preposterous.
This verse is a favorite of our son and is hanging up in his room amidst his drawings and family photos.
My hope for you is that this verse serves to strengthen your connection to God, Jerusalem and all of humanity while keeping you aligned with your purpose in the world.