Tehillim One Hundred and Twenty-Two: Jerusalem

This psalm is a prayer for Jerusalem. “May there be peace in your wall, tranquility in your palaces (Psalms 122:7).” The psalms were written literally thousands of years ago, and yet, it’s incredibly relevant today. Peace for Jerusalem, particularly within the walls of the Old City, can often seem like a pipe dream. Every few months, tensions start to rise, and we hear about clashes between Jews and Jews, Jews and Muslims, and different Christian denominations. It’s a terrible cycle that’s lasted for generations, and unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of abating. So once again, as countless people have before me, I’m offering up a prayer for peace for this beautiful, frustrating, and incredible city.

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