41 “Or if a foreigner who is not of Your people Yisrael comes from a distant land for the sake of Your name
v’-GAM el ha-nokh-REE a-SHER lo may-a-m’-KHA yis-ra-AYL HU u-VA may-E-retz r’-kho-KAH l’-MA-an sh’-ME-kha
מא וְגַם אֶל־הַנָּכְרִי אֲשֶׁר לֹא־מֵעַמְּךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל הוּא וּבָא מֵאֶרֶץ רְחוֹקָה לְמַעַן שְׁמֶךָ׃
8:41 A foreigner who is not of Your people Israel
King Shlomo dedicated the first Beit Hamikdash on the festival of Sukkot and, in his inaugural address, asked Hashem to hear the prayers of foreigners who would “come to pray towards this house” (verse 42). The first Temple was constructed with the assistance of members of gentile nations, under the leadership of Hiram of Tyre. Similarly, the second Temple was built thanks to the permission and encouragement of Cyrus of Persia, and the third Temple will one day also be built with the participation of righteous non-Jews (see commentary to Isaiah 2:3). This international participation is necessary, as the the Beit Hamikdash is meant to be a “house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7). King Shlomo’s dedication speech has been memorialized on an imposing glass monument standing tall at the Western Wall today, etched with his universal message to inspire visitors and worshippers from all countries, nationalities and backgrounds.