Psalms 87:2
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2  Hashem loves the gates of Tzion, more than all the dwellings of Yaakov.

o-HAYV a-do-NAI sha-a-RAY tzi-YON mi-KOL mish-k’-NOT ya-a-KOV

ב  אֹהֵב יְהֹוָה שַׁעֲרֵי צִיּוֹן מִכֹּל מִשְׁכְּנוֹת יַעֲקֹב׃

 87:2   The gates of Tzion

Zion Gate

This short psalm praises Hashem’s connection to Tzion. In order to express God’s love for Yerushalayim, the psalmist writes: “Hashem loves the gates of Tzion, more than all the dwellings of Yaakov.” The wall currently surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City, built in 1538 by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, has several gates around its perimeter, each of which is known by a different name. The gate at the southwestern corner of the wall is called “Zion Gate,” or Shaar Tzion (שער ציון) in Hebrew, based on this verse. Thus, it has the oldest biblical name of any of the gates. However, the Arabic name for this gate is David’s Gate, referring to the traditional location of David’s tomb. The Zion Gate is also quite significant in modern Israeli history; it was through this gate that the Palmach Brigade of the Israeli army broke into the Old City during the 1948 War of Independence, releasing the Jewish quarter from its isolation. The Jordanians, however, re-conquered the Old City shortly afterwards, and Jews were forced to leave the walls of Jerusalem for the next nineteen years. Only after it was recaptured during the 1967 Six Day War were Jews again able to enter the Old City of Yerushalayim.

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  • Carl Coglianese

    Praises to God in connection to thee of Zion. For surly the Lord’s love for Jerusalem has proven great and strong. So the psalm praises. Truly the Lord love the Gates of Zion over the dwellings of Jacob. This is the oldest of gates of the wall build around the old city of Jerusalem’s Old City. It was first known as the Zion gate, then by Arab capture known as David's gate because of its location to David's tomb. However through wars the gate was opened to Jewish army wins and losses. For the period of 19 years it lay under Jordanians rule. But once again with the miracle of the 1967 was and with the Mighty Hand of God being o the heads of the Jewish Peoples the Jews were once again an enable to enter the old city and recapture the Gate.

    I can sense that in these times that the Jewish peoples had begun to develop what had begun to be known as the Masada feeling. That it was a due or die time for Israel more so than ever before. The Jewish people never again wanted to lose there beloved Israel and rightfully so. They had returned to there Home. The land that God had promised them. They had found there place once again. They had never lost it in the first place. it had been taken away by there enemies but know by the Grace of God it had been given back to them. It was there Inheritance. it had always been theirs. Promised by there Creator and deeded only to them. Only Israel and its leaders can deter-man there future, not the UN, not Obama. only God & Israel have that right. Amen. Carl

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