Haggai 2:15
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15  And now take thought, from this day backward: As long as no stone had been laid on another in the House of Hashem,

v’-a-TAH SEE-mu NA l’-vav-KHEM min ha-YOM ha-ZEH va-MA-lah mi-TE-rem sum E-ven el E-ven b’-hay-KHAL a-do-NAI

טו  וְעַתָּה שִׂימוּ־נָא לְבַבְכֶם מִן־הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה וָמָעְלָה מִטֶּרֶם שׂוּם־אֶבֶן אֶל־אֶבֶן בְּהֵיכַל יְהֹוָה׃

 No stone had been laid on another in the House of Hashem

President Yitzchak Navon (1921-2015)

In this verse, the prophet addresses the masons’ job of laying bricks to build the Beit Hamikdash, but it is likely that he is also speaking metaphorically about laying the “bricks” that “construct” society. Yitzchak Navon (1921-2015), a leading Israeli diplomat and playwright and Israel’s fifth president, wrote beautifully about contributing “bricks” to the building of the State of Israel: “The angel Gabriel, according to tradition, is responsible for the ferrying of souls in the Land of Israel. If Gabriel came to me and said, ‘Look, I’m willing to take your soul now and give it back to you at any period of time in the history of the Nation of Israel, from the very beginning to this very day’ — I would not think of any other time other than Moses and the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. … But other than that, there is no more important period in the history of Israel, more interesting, and also tragic, like the redemption after two thousand years in exile. To be born at such a historical point in time! I’m glad that is what happened, and I could say, in this colossal endeavor called the State of Israel, I too contributed a brick to this important wall.”

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Haggai 2:15

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