Honor Jerusalem in Your Home ✡ “If I forget you, O Yerushalayim” – Israel365

View of the Old City Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives with olive trees in the foreground (Shutterstock).
If I forget you, O Yerushalayim, let my right hand wither
Psalms 137:5 (The Israel Bible™)

אִם אֶשְׁכָּחֵךְ יְרוּשָׁלִָם תִּשְׁכַּח יְמִינִי
Hear the verse in Hebrew

im esh-ka-KHAYKH y’-ru-sha-LA-im tish-KAKH y’-mee-NEE

Honor Jerusalem in Your Home

Psalm 137 was written by the rivers of Babylon, where the exiled Jews wailed and lamented the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple). They wondered how they would continue to endure on foreign soil. How could they sing the songs of Hashem (God), which were supposed to be sung in the Temple, there? Their answer was an oath to never forget Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). This psalm makes an oblique reference to Deuteronomy 8:19, “If you do forget Hashem your God and follow other gods to serve them or bow down to them, I warn you this day that you shall certainly perish.” Israel’s exile came when they forgot God in their land. In Babylon, they promised themselves to never repeat that mistake, and to never forget Yerushalayim. Today, this psalm is recited at Jewish weddings just before the groom breaks a glass, ensuring that Jerusalem is always at the forefront of our minds and reminding us that no joyous occasion is complete until Yerushalayim is restored to its former glory.

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STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (married 45 years), founded Love For His People Ministry in 2010. This work gives love and support to our friends in Israel and other nations with friendship and humanitarian aid. Through social media, Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel, it is a growing, effective organization. Steve has also authored and published 36 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area and have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids. Ahava and shalom with blessings on ye head!

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