This psalm starts with the words sha’alu sh’lomYerushalayim, ‘Pray for the well-being of Yerushalayim.’ Shalom (שלום), translated here as ‘well-being,’ is the first Hebrew word many people learn. It actually has three meanings: ‘hello,’ ‘goodbye’ and ‘peace.’ It is the word with which friends greet one another, but shalom is more than a greeting; it is also a blessing. Peace is the most important gift we can ask from Hashem (God), on an individual level, as families, and between nations. It is therefore of utmost significance that the world’s holiest city, Yerushalayim (ירושלים), has the word shalom at its core, because it is meant to be the source of all peace on earth. King David exhorts “Pray for the well-being of Yerushalayim,” for when Yerushalayim is confronted with conflict, the whole world suffers. Conversely, though, when Yerushalayim is at peace, the entire world enjoys serenity. Order your copy of Israel365's Daily Inspirations devotional to be inspired every day of the year!
Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) has the word shalom, peace, at its core. King David exhorts each of us to lift up the Holy City in prayer for when Yerushalayim is confronted with conflict, the whole world suffers. But when Yerushalayim is at peace, the entire world enjoys serenity. Each day at the kotel (Western Wall), the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray, thousands of Jews pour their hearts out to God. This photo and 15 others can be found in the brand new Israel365 16-month Hebrew calendar.
Yesterday was the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, during which hundreds of millions of people from around the world joined together in prayer for the holy city. This annual day of prayer has becomes the largest Israel-focused prayer event in history. Jerusalem has always played a central role not just in Jewish history, but in world history. Over the centuries, countless wars have been fought over this sacred city and armies from all over the world have attempted to conquer Jerusalem. Residents repeatedly experience conflict and terrorism. There is however, a solution. Hashem has provided us with the remedy for the ongoing turbulence surrounding Jerusalem: prayer! In Psalms 122:6, Hashem commands us to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem." Thanks to the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, on at least one day this year, Hashem's children from all over the world pray in different languages, and in different ways but for the same thing: our holy city, Jerusalem!
On the first Sunday of every October, hundreds of millions of people around the world join together to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. In just a few years, this event has quickly become the largest Israel-focused prayer event in history. But why set aside this day each year to pray for Jerusalem?
The holiday of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) is celebrated by spending a week living in a booth erected outside our homes. Living in this temporary dwelling, exposed to the natural elements reminds us of Hashem sheltering the children of Israel as they traveled from Egypt to the promised land. While it is customary to build and decorate festive booths, enjoy holiday meals, and don new clothing during Sukkot, many underprivileged israelis do not have the necessary means to participate in the holiday rituals. Just as Hashem sheltered and protected His children in the desert, now is your opportunity to help the needy of Israel.
Just wanted to share how absolutely moved, blessed, and touched, I am by the level of commitment, passion, and heart, all of you at Israel365 have. Over and over my heart is moved by the thoughtfulness and effort put into your ministry, outreach, and general education, into just what makes Israel and HIS word soo beautiful! Form the perspective of an adopted child,who grew up in a basic Christian home, only to later discover that I was in fact Jewish, and from there sprung a powerful desire to rediscover this God of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Yaakov. In short order, I would learn to read, write,and speak hebrew, soully for the purpose of knowing this great great Father. It has totally moved my world and life! Over and over I'm touched to the point of tears by the level of heart outreach etc, that all of you at ISRAEL365 are doing! Bless you Bless you Bless you! שלום y'all --Michael מיכאל Gothard