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For me, the Jew that I am, Jerusalem is above politics. It is mentioned more than six hundred times in Scripture and not a single time in the Koran. Its presence in Jewish history is overwhelming. There is no more moving prayer in Jewish history than the one expressing our yearning to return to Jerusalem. To many theologians, it IS Jewish history, to many poets, a source of inspiration. It belongs to the Jewish people and is much more than a city, it is what binds one Jew to another in a way that remains hard to explain. When a Jew visits Jerusalem for the first time, it is not the first time; it is a homecoming. The first song I heard was my mother's lullaby about and for Jerusalem. Its sadness and its joy are part of our collective memory. Elie Wiesel

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For me the Jew that I am Jerusalem is above politics It is mentioned more than six hundred times in Scripture and not a single time in the Koran Its presence in Jewish history is overwhelming There is no more moving prayer in Jewish history than the one expressing our yearning to return to Jerusalem To many theologians it IS Jewish history to many poets a source of inspiration It belongs to the Jewish people and is much more than a city it is what binds one Jew to another in a way that remains hard to explain When a Jew visits Jerusalem for the first time it is not the first time it is a homecoming The first song I heard was my mother s lullaby about and for Jerusalem Its sadness and its joy are part of our collective memory Elie Wiesel

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