11 My days are done, my tendons severed, The strings of my heart.
ya-MAI a-v’-RU zi-mo-TAI ni-t’-KU mo-ra-SHAY l’-va-VEE
יא יָמַי עָבְרוּ זִמֹּתַי נִתְּקוּ מוֹרָשֵׁי לְבָבִי׃
17:11 My tendons severed
Iyov begins to feel distanced from God, and to believe that he can no longer communicate meaningfully with Him. Iyov can no longer beg Hashem to give him succor and end his suffering, and therefore feels he is close to death. Similarly, the Sages (Berachot 32b) state that from the time of the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash, an iron wall separates mankind from their Father in Heaven. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook explains the symbolism of this image: Iron is symbolic of death and destruction, as it is a material used to make instruments of war and execution. Conversely, the goal of the Beit Hamikdash was to prolong life and to promote peace in the world. With the destruction of the Temple, its influence in the world was replaced by the influence of iron. Rabbi Kook concludes that only when justice and integrity will be restored will the iron wall come down, and then the Beit Hamikdash will resume its place as the center of prayer and inspiration for the entire world.