Passover :: Next Year in Built-up Jerusalem!
Illustrative Photo Credit: Passover Haggadah by BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives [License]
For thousands of years, since the destruction of the holy Jewish Temples in Jerusalem, the Jewish nation has longed to return and rebuild. The special Pesach (Passover) Seder meal famously includes the joyous singing of “L’Shanah Habah B’Yerushalayim Hab’nuyah!” — “Next Year in the built-up Jerusalem!” This is a declaration made into song that has been recited and sung at the Seder for thousands of years. This represented several things, including the return of the Jewish people to our Land, with Jerusalem as its unified eternal capital. It represented the importance and centrality that Jerusalem always held and always will hold in the lives of the Israelites until this day. We are not satisfied with merely returning to Jerusalem but rather look forward to fully rebuilding and developing the city. The declaration represents the understanding that the central Mitzvah (Commandments) of the holiday is the bringing of the Korban Pesach (Passover Offering) in the rebuilt Holy Temple in the center of Jerusalem. It is testament to the importance and centrality of Jerusalem to the nation — and very much explains why Jerusalem was chosen as the modern State of Israel’s capital… just as it always has been!
We wish everyone a very happy Pesach from Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal, unified capital!
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