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Jerusalem

Jewish perspective

"Next year in Jerusalem," say the liturgical texts at the closing of several celebrations. The Jewish people in exile since the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70CE thus remembers the centrality of the Holy City.

"If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill..." (Psalm 137)

states the Psalmist who is not mistaken: generation after generation, these words of prayer are repeated with force, as on any happy event.
Every Jew then remembers his mission in this world, relating to the Place that God has chosen. The Jewish Tradition establishes a connection between the creation of the First Man, the Sacrifice of Isaac and the Holy of Holies in the Temple, with the same space: a place of closeness, of intimacy between God and His people, to serve Him. That is why, beyond all the stakes that this land covers, Jerusalem remains for each Jew the direction of his prayers, personal, collective and universal, and the Time-frame and Space of the divine promise made to the children of Israel.

written by Eliezer Schilt

Christian Perspective

Jerusalem, the city where "every man is born", but also the city of all the divisions ...

Throughout Scripture – Jewish and Christian, from Genesis to Revelation - the very special vocation of Jerusalem, or Zion, is mentioned as the city in which God chose to dwell, the city where "God is present", the city where Heaven and earth meet.

To look at the world with this vision inhabited by Jerusalem is to understand and "see" what is happening there…

"In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say: Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." (Micah 4: 1-2)

And it is also from Jerusalem, at Pentecost, that the First Evangelization started "to the ends of the earth".

We believe that, since it is in Jerusalem that our common "Holy Story" has begun, it is from here that we must set out again for a common path.

"Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people…The Lord God who gathers the outcasts of Israel says, Yet will I gather others to him…" (Isaiah 56).

written by Agnes de Chillaz