13 King Rechovam grew strong in Yerushalayim and exercised kingship. Rechovam was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Yerushalayim—the city Hashem had chosen out of all the tribes of Yisrael to establish His name there. His mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonitess.
va-yit-kha-ZAYK ha-ME-lekh r’-khav-AM bee-ru-sha-LA-im va-yim-LOKH KEE ven ar-ba-EEM v’-a-KHAT sha-NAH r’-khav-AM b’-mol-KHO ush-VA es-RAY sha-NAH ma-LAKH bee-ru-sha-LA-im ha-EER a-sher ba-KHAR a-do-NAI la-SUM et sh’-MO SHAM mi-KOL shiv-TAY yis-ra-AYL v’-SHAYM i-MO na-a-MAH ha-a-mo-NEET
12:13 To establish His name there
At an event celebrating Jerusalem Day in 2012, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated: “Our generation had a great privilege – we saw the words of the prophets come true. We saw the rise of Zion, the return of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel, the ingathering of exiles and our return to Jerusalem. We will make sure Jerusalem’s golden light will shine on our people, and spread the light of Jerusalem to the whole world. We will protect Jerusalem, because Israel without Jerusalem is like a body without a heart.” Yerushalayim is central to Israel, to Judaism and to the entire world, and this is not because any individual declared it special. It is so significant and beloved to man because, as this verse states, it is the place chosen by God “to establish His name there.”