15 This was the purpose of the forced labor which Shlomo imposed: It was to build the House of Hashem, his own palace, the Millo, and the wall of Yerushalayim, and [to fortify] Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer. (
v’-ZEH d’-var ha-MAS a-sher he-e-LAH ha-ME-lekh sh’-lo-MO liv-NOT et BAYT a-do-NAI v’-et bay-TO v’-et ha-mi-LO v’-AYT kho-MAT y’-ru-sha-LA-im v’-et kha-TZOR v’-et m’-gi-DO v’-et GA-zer
9:15 The wall of Yerushalayim
The walls of Yerushalayim, like those of all ancient cities, have great importance; they are designed to provide physical protection from invaders. In Yerushalayim’s case, however, they also have spiritual significance, as certain commandments, like the eating of the Passover sacrifice, must be performed only within the city’s walls. The current Old City of Yerushalayim, in which the Western Wall and the Temple Mount are located, is still surrounded by walls. These walls are much newer, having been built by the Turkish ruler of the city almost 500 years ago. Yet, they too have spiritual significance as the boundary of the heart of the holiest city on earth.