Divrei Hayamim I – Twenty: Jerusalem

More battles with the Ammonites, and the Philistines. This is a short chapter, and not particularly insightful, so I don’t have much to say. So I’m going to be reaching a little bit when it comes to my reflection. “And the people who were in it he brought forth and sawed with a saw and with harrows of iron and with saws, and so did David do to all the cities of the children of Ammon, and David and all the people returned to Jerusalem (Chronicles I 20:3).” I’m honing in on the final words about the people going back to Jerusalem. This coming weekend, we’ll be celebrating Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day. It’s generally a controversial day, but I’m not going to get into all of the layers of why or how it’s observed. All I’ll say is that I’m going to use the day to remember and acknowledge how lucky I am to live in a time when once again, the Jewish people can return to Jerusalem, after so many centuries and generations of wishing for just that reality. Lately I haven’t taken advantage of that opportunity as much as I would like, but I have a trip coming up this summer, and I can’t wait to reunite with the city once again.


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