Written in the 1980s, the burden hasn’t changed. Today is the 50th anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem, and this poem is for all of those who have come to visit the Holy City, from near and far.

There is a pleasant burden of longing
you carry when you leave Jerusalem.

There is a summons in the air, turning away to Exile,
a decree: yearn for Mitzvahs,
know preciousness, be gentle.

Yearning itself is redefined.