5 Indeed, it shall be said of Tzion, “Every man was born there.” He, the Most High, will preserve it.
ul-tzi-YON yay-a-MAR EESH v’-EESH yu-lad BAH v’-HU y’-kho-n’-NE-ha el-YON
ה וּלֲצִיּוֹן יֵאָמַר אִישׁ וְאִישׁ יֻלַּד־בָּהּ וְהוּא יְכוֹנְנֶהָ עֶלְיוֹן׃
Psalms 87:5 Indeed it shall be said of Tzion, “Every man was born there.”
What does this verse mean when it says that “every man” will be considered to have been born in Tzion? Rabbi Meisha, quoted in the Talmud (Ketubot 75a), explains that it is not only those who are physically born in the Land of Israel who are considered her children. Rather, those who yearn for the Land of Israel and long to see it are also considered b’nei Tzion, ‘Children of Zion.’ This idea is reflected in the words of the famous Israeli writer and Nobel Prize laureate S.Y. Agnon, who said in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, “Through a historical catastrophe — the destruction of Jerusalem by the emperor of Rome — I was born in one of the cities in the diaspora. But I always deemed myself a child of Jerusalem, one who is in reality a native of Jerusalem.”