Psalms 135:21
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21  Blessed is Hashem from Tzion, He who dwells in Yerushalayim. Hallelujah.

ba-RUKH a-do-NAI mi-tzi-YON sho-KHAYN y’-ru-sha-LA-im ha-l’-lu-YAH

כא  בָּרוּךְ יְהֹוָה מִצִּיּוֹן שֹׁכֵן יְרוּשָׁלָ ִם הַלְלוּ־יָהּ׃

 135:21   He who dwells in Yerushalayim

Why did Hashem choose Yerushalayim as His resting place? The Sages find two revealing biblical passages that, when synthesized, teach us the value and message of Yerushalayim. In Genesis, Avraham was asked by God to sacrifice his son, in order to prove his allegiance to the Lord. This profound, inexplicable test took place on a mountain which Avraham called “Adonai yir’eh,” meaning ‘on the mount of Hashem there is vision,’ or ‘the mount where Hashem is seen’ (Genesis 22:14). A few years earlier, Avraham showed the world his allegiance to his family, to justice and to righteousness when he fought against the four kings and retrieved his nephew Lot. After that battle, Melchizedek, the King of Shalem (another name for Jerusalem), went out to greet Avraham and bless Hashem (Genesis14:18-20). When these two names, Yir’eh and Shalem are combined, the result is Yerushalayim. The name of the holy city thus expresses the harmonization of man’s selfless actions towards Hashem and towards other people, both of which were manifest in Yerushalayim. It was thus chosen as Hashem’s resting place.

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  • 135:21 Who dwelleth at Yerushalayim. The question is asked, why did God Choose Jerusalem as his resting place? It involves a story that is told about a great and wise and God fearing man called Abraham . He was asked by God who he loved and trusted very much to sacrifice his only beloved son. Te place of this sacrifice was at a place called ‘Adonai yir’eh,’ . This because it was a place were the Lord thy God was seen. See Abraham was always a just man, and loved his family very much. he passed on his believes to them .He also fought against the four kings and retrieved his nephew Lot. Later after the battler
    Melchizedek the Great and Wise King of Salem went out to greet Abraham and bless God. When you combine Yir’eh’ and ‘Shalem you get the word and the city of Jerusalem . Mean were God was seen, but now God is being seen. Especially in those days of the First Temple Period when the pillar of smoke rose by the day and the pillar of fir rose by the night. How wonderful must it have been to be in the city in those days to feel the very physical presence of God among thee city dwellers in those Biblical days. Amen. Carl

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