Pray for the peace for Jerusalem…
Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within
Psalm of King David
The Jewish religion began with Abraham–a Mesopotamian shepherd. Centuries after Abraham, the people of Israel received God’s law, the Torah, given to Moses on Mount Sinai.
The Torah is Judaism’s sacred text– Over time the Jewish people would come to consider Jerusalem to be their most sacred location. Jerusalem, where Solomon built a temple for God’s dwelling place on earth remains today as the holiest city for all the 15 million Jews worldwide.
Jerusalem harbors the most important sites of the world’s three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam: for Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, at the end of the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, erected on the site where Saint Helena discovered the remains of Christ’s Cross; for Jews, the Wailing Wall, the remains of the west wall of the Temple Mount, Solomon’s original Temple; for Moslems, the Dome of the Rock, the Mount Moriah of antiquity where the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven on his white steed El Burak.
The persecution of the Jewish people throughout history is a tragic story of darkness. Eli Wiesel’s, Night, describes the experience of the concentration camps with insights to the many layers of reactions a human being is capable of when faced with annihilation.
The rebirth of Israel was for the Jews a 2,000 year-old dream. The dream was realized at four o’clock in the afternoon of May14, 1948, in a museum in Tel Aviv, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the rebirth of a Jewish state in the Ancient homeland of the Jewish people.
The early hours of Israels existence found five Arab armies drawn up along its borders vowing destruction. They invaded just after midnight May 14 and thus began a conflict that would go on for decades.
The world today, struggles to create a viable global community–when a people are over run we have organizations coming together to understand all sides involved. Arab and Jew are displaying more tolerance and understanding of each other… and the world sighs.
O Jerusalem, the choice of Allah of all his lands! In it are the chosen of his servants. From it the earth was stretched forth and from it shall it be rolled up like a scroll.
The dew which descends upon Jerusalem is a remedy from every sickness because it is from the gardens of Paradise.
The Hadith, the sayings
of the Prophet Mohammed