5 Thus said Hashem: I set this Yerushalayim in the midst of nations, with countries round about her.
KOH a-MAR a-do-NAI e-lo-HEEM ZOT y’-ru-sha-LA-im b’-TOKH ha-go-YIM sam-TEE-ha us-vee-vo-TE-ha a-ra-TZOT
ה כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהֹוִה זֹאת יְרוּשָׁלַ ִם בְּתוֹךְ הַגּוֹיִם שַׂמְתִּיהָ וּסְבִיבוֹתֶיהָ אֲרָצוֹת׃
5:5 I set this Yerushalayim in the midst of nations
God tells Yechezkel that He has set Yerushalayim as the center of the world, the rest of the countries around it. In medieval times, Yerushalayim was literally thought of as the center of the world, and maps were drawn to reflect that understanding. Yerushalayim remains the religious and spiritual center of the world, as it says (Isaiah 2:3) “For instruction shall come forth from Tzion, the word of Hashem from Yerushalayim” Indeed, all the major monotheistic religions of the Western world consider Yerushalayim to be their holy city, and it contains their most sacred places. As Rabbi Yitzchak Abarbanel analogizes, “the heart is to the rest of the body as Yerushalayim is to the world.”