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Jeffrey Levine
Blogger, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist

The Covenant of Jerusalem

The whole world looks to Jerusalem
The Temple Mount is a battleground of control.
Is this control about a piece of ground. Or is it a battle of ideas? Battle of Religion? Why is this battle so intense?

Throughout history from when the Jews were exiled, Jerusalem was neglected, people living in poverty. When the Jews came back and re-established Jerusalem, suddenly it is hot property.

We need to go back and ask the question why is Jerusalem important?

It was the place of King David, the prophets of morality, and a flawed People, Kingdom and Temple.

Ki mizion tezeh haTorah from Jerusalem

כִּי מִצִּיּוֹן
תֵּצֵא תוֹרָה,
וּדְבַר יְיָ מִירוּשָׁלָֽיִם.

Translation:
For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

It was the moral compass. It was the place of the Covenant. The Covenant with God.

This is a Covenant with God for a better, fairer world. Yes, this world does not seem fair. Injustice, War, poverty, hunger, sickness. Israel’s History from the time of Avraham has been one of struggle. Despite this and maybe because of this Judaism has thrived and survived. And that is why the Ideas that were cradled in Jerusalem of old have been so important. Let’s call it the Covenant of Jerusalem.

Two thousand years ago, Jerusalem was destroyed, and by the law of survival Judaism and the Jews as people should have died. But it did not.

Quoting Abba Eban in his book – “Heritage: civilization and the Jews” – He wrote

“The Hebrew Messianic idea is alive with a sense of hope and purpose. It is worthwhile to strive for human perfection, for social progress, for compassion, for justice, for freedom, for the protection of the poor, for universal peace. It is extraordinary for a people with such a tragic experience should have achieved such a buoyant and optimistic vision of human destiny. And the ultimate expression of that vision comes in the words of the prophet of Jerusalem who preached in Jerusalem. Isaiah, son of Amos.

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

The world needs redemption. We crave Moshiach now. We crave as Rabbi Sacks calls it – a Covenant. A Covenant with God for a better world a more world a fairer world.
While the Covenant was given at Har Sinai, it was in Jerusalem where it became a calling.
Israel is called the start-up nation. Now we have the tag of Israel the Impact Nation. The world is looking to Jerusalem for leadership,  a better vision of tomorrow, and a connection to eternity.

While, the world struggles with morality, UNSDGs, hypocrisy, wars, poverty, food, and health, now is the time for Jerusalem to shine.

Jerusalem is that symbol of hope and redemption of better version of mankind and the world.

I will end with a vision of this Covenant from Israel’s modern spiritual leader, Prophet, and first Chief Rabbi – Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook. (With thanks R; Yitzhak Even Shay for this –
https://haorot.com/yom-yerushalayim/)

“The heart must be filled with love for all.
The love of all creation comes first, then comes the love for all humankind, and then follows the love for Israel. It is the destiny of Israel to serve the perfection of all things.
The whole Torah, the moral teachings, the commandments, the good deeds and the studies have as their objective to remove the roadblocks so that universal love should be able to spread, to extend to all realms of life.
The inner essence of the soul must have absolute inner freedom. It experiences its freedom through originality in thought. The uniqueness of the inner soul, in its own authenticity, is the highest expression of the seed of divine light from which will bud and blossom the fruit of the tree of life.
Everything aspires, longs, yearns, according to a pattern that is adorned with holiness and girded with beauty. This life is not a meaningless phenomenon. “For by the light of Your presence, You have given us the Torah of life.”

I would argue that this is the Covenant of Jerusalem.

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Additional Readings

The Centrality and Influence of Jerusalem

https://mfa.gov.il/Jubilee-years/Pages/1967-The-Six-Day-War-and-the-Historic-Reunification-of-Jerusalem.aspx

Jerusalem – Then and now
https://www.bac.org.il/specials/project/mhvbrym-lha-yhdyv/article/jerusalem-en

https://israelforever.org/interact/blog/jerusalem_then_and_now/

Jerusalem then and now: A journey in photos

Then and Now Photos

About the Author
Jeffrey is a Blogger, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist (we can only dream) living in Jerusalem. He is a young grandfather who has five kids and four grandchildren. Jeffrey provides Financial Services for regulated Financial Companies - CFO, Key Individual, Approved Person through www.persofi.com and is a promoter of ideas and trends where Innovation meets ESG. He is looking to spread the message of Ahavat Yisrael and Jewish Unity through the music and stories through www.souldoctorstories.com and blogging.
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