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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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