Zechariah 9:9
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9  Rejoice greatly, Fair Tzion; Raise a shout, Fair Yerushalayim! Lo, your king is coming to you. He is victorious, triumphant, Yet humble, riding on an ass, On a donkey foaled by a she-ass.

gee-LEE m’-OD bat tzi-YON ha-REE-ee BAT y’-ru-sha-LA-im hi-NAY mal-KAYCH ya-VO LAKH tza-DIK v’-no-SHA HU a-NEE v’-ro-KHAYV al kha-MOR v’-al A-yir ben a-to-NOT

ט  גִּילִי מְאֹד בַּת־צִיּוֹן הָרִיעִי בַּת יְרוּשָׁלַ ִם הִנֵּה מַלְכֵּךְ יָבוֹא לָךְ צַדִּיק וְנוֹשָׁע הוּא עָנִי וְרֹכֵב עַל־חֲמוֹר וְעַל־עַיִר בֶּן־אֲתֹנוֹת׃

 9:9  Yet humble, riding on an ass

Zecharya describes the arrival in Yerushalayim of Israel’s king Mashiach, to the cheers of the people after having defeated Israel’s enemies. Though returning in miraculous victory, the Messiah will not enter the gates of Jerusalem on a glorious military steed. Instead, the Mashiach will ride on a humble donkey. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, explains that a ‘donkey’ in Hebrew is chamor (חמור) which is similar to chomer (חומר) which means ‘materialism.’ This verse teaches that the Mashiach, who represents spirituality, will ride upon the donkey of materialism, for he will usher in a world where these two contrasting values will be fused together in the service of Hashem.

Damascus Gate, one of the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem.

A donkey in Nachal Gerar

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