This particular wording brings to mind the event of receiving the law at Mount Sinai. Regarding that event it says: “they encamped [plural] in the wilderness; and there Israel [singular] encamped before the mount” (Exodus 19:2). The great medieval commentator Rashi points out that the switch to the singular verb indicates that the people were “as one person, with one heart.” Just as the magnitude of the Sinai experience had the power to unite the independent tribes into one nation, so too is the power of Jerusalem. The Talmudic sage Rabbi Joshua ben Levi homiletically explains the verse in Psalms 122:3 to mean that Jerusalem is a city “that makes all of Israel friends.” As it did in the time of the return from Babylon, Jerusalem has the power to bring Israel together as one, whether in times of strife or times of peace. Earlier this month, groups of IDF men and women were touring the Holy City when a terrorist drove his truck into the crowd, murdering four innocent soldiers, leaving over a dozen others wounded, and many others emotionally scarred. Much of the world has forgotten and moved on, but our soldiers and their families still need support and love. You can still make a difference.
On Sunday January 8th, a Palestinian terrorist drove his truck into IDF soldiers in the Armon Hanetziv neighborhood of Jerusalem. Listen, as one of the survivors of the attack, Sarah, sends her message of gratitude and inspiration.
Last week, 30 bottles of wine were delivered to the nascent Sanhedrin, setting in place one more necessary element for the Temple service – and one which is specifically mentioned in prophecy as a precursor to the Messiah.
Last week, Rabbi Tuly met with Sarah,
a survivor of the terror attack truck ramming that murdered 4 IDF soldiers, and her mother Frimet. After listening to their words of strength and inspiration, Rabbi Tuly presented Sarah with a small gift to let her know our readers around the world are united with her in this difficult time.
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