Zechariah 2:16
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16  Hashem will take Yehuda to Himself as His portion in the Holy Land, and He will choose Yerushalayim once more.

v’-na-KHAL a-do-NAI et y’-hu-DAH khel-KO AL ad-MAT ha-KO-desh u-va-KHAR OD bee-ru-sha-LA-im

טז  וְנָחַל יְהֹוָה אֶת־יְהוּדָה חֶלְקוֹ עַל אַדְמַת הַקֹּדֶשׁ וּבָחַר עוֹד בִּירוּשָׁלָ ִם׃

 2:16  And He will choose Yerushalayim once more

There are many explanations of the meaning of Yerushalayim (ירושלים), the Hebrew name for Jerusalem. According to the Sages, the name Yerushalayim comes from the words Yirah (יראה) and Shalem (שלם). Yirah is the Hebrew word for ‘awe’, and shalem means ‘complete’. Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach explained that the name Yerushalayim, therefore, means complete, self-effacing awe; completely submitting oneself to God. The holy city is special and beloved to man because God loves it so much. This is also how we relate to the entire Land of Israel. We love it because He loves it.

Rabbi Sholom Carlebach (1925-1994)

Mount of Olives, Jerusalem.

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  • HaShem shall choose Jerusalem again is so beautiful, I most enjoy and pray for the comment "completely submitting oneself to the Lord". We all need that whether or not we are part of the return to Isreal or believers who love Isreal and the God of Isreal. Give us strength, mercy, endurance to understand what it is to submit whole hearted to HaShem.


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