Sunday, June 1, 2008

Psalm 137 on Yom Yerushalym


It is important, as we are celebrating Jerusalem and the importance of Jerusalem, to remember that our Holy City cannot be taken for granted. Right now we enjoy the right to walk the streets of Jerusalem, even though we are not granted the right to pray at the Holiest Place, the Temple Mount.

Instead, the religious equivalent of a Cuckoo Bird has laid claim to it and prevents us from our G-d Given right to our own place of worship.

We have seen wars to reclaim Jerusalem, but none will be as dangerous and as horrible as the war that will reclaim our land in the End Days. We are all familiar with the phrase "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem!", but many of us forget the last line of the psalm which, no matter how much you want to clean it up, never gains a politically correct translation.

Who are the Children of Edom? We are not sure. I linked to a Wikipedia article just for the academic exercise of it, but it doesn't answer the question, of course. It is a question which has plagued the generations. Who are the Children of Edom? Who is Amleck?

I fear that we may find out sooner than later.

Soon, we will pray in the Temple on the Temple Mount as we should, the Sanhedrin will be respected and in charge, and all will be well--but we must know that in order for that to happen we will also have to face a time of great violence and peril. Peace is not won by words, and a terrible time of war lies between us now and that moment in the Temple.

We will fight, each one of us, for our lives and for our future. Many will die. We may even have to fight Jew against Jew, brother against brother.

But, for now, we celebrate Jerusalem Day. We leave an unfinished spot in our homes.

Even as we pray for peace, we must never forget to prepare for war.


By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst thereof we hanged up our harps.

For there they that led us captive asked of us words of song, and our tormentors asked of us mirth: 'Sing us one of the songs of Zion.'

How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a foreign land?

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not;
if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy.

Remember, O LORD, against the children of Edom the day of Jerusalem;
who said: 'Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.'

O daughter of Babylon, that art to be destroyed;
happy shall he be, that repayeth thee as thou hast served us.

Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the rock.

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