Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Fourteenth Blessing: Jerusalem and Redemption

“And to Jerusalem, Your city, may You return in compassion, and may You rest within it, as You have spoken. May You rebuild it soon in our days as an eternal structure, and may You speedily establish the throne of David within it. Blessed are You, Hashem, the builder of Jerusalem.”

The fourteenth blessing of Shemoneh Esrei asks Hashem to rebuild Jerusalem. It follows the blessing for the reward of the righteous, for when Jerusalem returns to its original splendor the righteous will once again be raised to their rightful status (Megilla 17b).

As a general rule, every long blessing mentions something related to the theme of the blessing before its conclusion. In this blessing, we finish with a request that King David’s throne should be speedily established. How does this request fit into the above rule?

In our own era, we have been privileged to see the physical rebuilding and resettling of Jerusalem. Unfortunately, it is still a far cry from the Torah’s vision of the Holy City. The wording of this blessing stresses the undying connection between the return of the kingship of David and the true rebuilding of Jerusalem (Bach 118,2).


Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON REEH:

View Complete List

The Tree Hugger
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Even Closer to HASHEM
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

There Must Be an Anochi in Here Somewhere!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

ArtScroll

Open Your Heart, and Your Hand
Shlomo Katz - 5759

Fortifying One's Belief in G'd
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5771

How Good Is Good Enough?
Shlomo Katz - 5762

> Concentrate!
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

To Hear Or To See
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

A Godly Minority
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Of Visions and Decisions
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5767

Ripping At the "Seens"
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Making A Seen
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Choose Life!
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Today’s Choice
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Ashrei!
Shlomo Katz - 5773

The Individual and the Nation
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information