Ezra 1:11
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11  in all, 5,400 gold and silver vessels. Sheshbatzar brought all these back when the exiles came back from Babylon to Yerushalayim.

kol kay-LEEM la-za-HAV v’-la-KE-sef kha-MAY-shet a-la-FEEM v’-ar-BA may-OT ha-KOL he-e-LAH shaysh-ba-TZAR IM hay-a-LOT ha-go-LAH mi-ba-VEL lee-ru-sha-LA-im

יא  כָּל־כֵּלִים לַזָּהָב וְלַכֶּסֶף חֲמֵשֶׁת אֲלָפִים וְאַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת הַכֹּל הֶעֱלָה שֵׁשְׁבַּצַּר עִם הֵעָלוֹת הַגּוֹלָה מִבָּבֶל לִירוּשָׁלָ ִם׃

 1:11   When the exiles came back from Bavel to Yerushalayim.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (1925-1994)

The beloved Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach would quip, “Did you know that Jerusalem is the highest city in the world?” Many were skeptical, but he was correct – in the spiritual, if not topographical, sense. The Bible states that “Avram went down to Egypt” from Canaan (Genesis 12:10), and when the people returned to the Land of Israel from the Babylonian exile, although translated here as “the exiles came back,” the more exacting translation is “the exiles ascended.” Ever since the magnetic north has dictated the directional illustration of maps, people have said things like, “I’m going down south,” or “I’m heading up north.” However, this verse teaches that no matter where a person is in the world, his “spiritual compass” should always indicate that Yerushalayim is “up.”

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  • Who will build Ezekiels Temple? Come! Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of
    The God of Jacob!

  • No wonder every one in today’s world tried to have a claim on this beautiful place. Jerusalem is a city of gold. City where G-d dwells and puts it among the nations of earth as a witness of his presence. Even if you aren’t a Jewish, the mention of the place Jerusalem ignites a spiritual spark in you. May G-d continue to bless Jerusalem with his peace and may all those who live in it and all Israel be blessed.

    • In the words of the King David, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper that love thee” (Psalms 122:6).


Ezra 1:11

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