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Why is Jerusalem the most important city for the Jewish people?

Amos Oz once said that “Jerusalem is one of those cities you can arrive at but never pass beyond.” I think many of us share those sentiments.

Certainly as a people, we never passed beyond Jerusalem, and although our time with it was relatively short, it left us forever scarred and ruined, unable to accept any other substitute. We are left always pining for it. We end every Seder and Yom Kippur service with the refrain “Next Year in Jerusalem!” We mention Jerusalem countless times in our daily prayers. We cannot eat a meal or enjoy a cookie without mentioning our hope to return to Jerusalem in the subsequent grace.

In Jerusalem, I see the fulfillment of 2,800-year-old prophecies. It is a place where the fabric between the spiritual and the material is so thin that it elevates everything.

From an article in the Jerusalem Post

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