Isaiah 59:20
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20  He shall come as redeemer to Tzion, To those in Yaakov who turn back from sin —declares Hashem.

u-VA l’-tzi-YON go-AYL ul-sha-VAY FE-sha b’-ya-a-KOV n’-UM a-do-NAI

כ  וּבָא לְצִיּוֹן גּוֹאֵל וּלְשָׁבֵי פֶשַׁע בְּיַעֲקֹב נְאֻם יְהֹוָה׃

 59:20   He shall come as redeemer to Tzion

Ancient ruins in Caesarea.

After the climactic battle described above, Yesha­yahu promises that a redeemer will come to Tzion. Rashi observes, “As long as Tzion is in ruins, the redeemer has not yet come.” On a simple level, Rashi is saying that once the redeemer comes, Tzion will be rebuilt. Hence, if Tzion remains in ruins then surely he has not yet come. On a deeper level, perhaps he is implying that for the redeemer to come, Tzion cannot be in a state of disrepair; instead, the city of Yeru­shalayim and the Land of Israel must first be built by the returnees to the land. Only then will God’s spirit enter the people. Indeed, as the returnees of modern times have begun to rebuild and Eretz Yisrael flourishes, our generation eagerly awaits the redeemer to come.

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Isaiah 59:20

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