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Title: The Jerusalem Covenant
Submitted by: harrison@ccp.com (Sharon)
Date: July 31, 2000
URL: //philologos.org/bpr/files/Misc_Studies/ms069.htm

The Jerusalem Covenant

... my husband has placed on his website (http://vaulterjohn.tripod.com/covenant.html ) a copy of a covenant that was published in the "Israel 1992" magazine. This was a publication of The Jerusalem Post. It was originally published for Jerusalem Day May 31, 1992. If I understand the importance of this national holiday, it is to commemorate the re-unification of the eternal city. This document was to be circulated to all the Jewish communities in the world for one year. Then returned to Israel where leaders in the highest offices would also sign it. The essence of this covenant was to announce the indivisible character of Israel's capital . It amounts to a worldwide public proclamation and it flies in the face of those (EU, Vatican, Arabs, etc,) who advocate making Jerusalem an "international city". Yet, in the last few hours of the Camp David II summit, Bill Clinton proposes that he will allow the American Embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and he will personally go to Jerusalem and lay the cornerstone. Barak was in agreement while still in the U.S. and why should he not be? The state of Israel will finally get world recognition as a nation with its capital Jerusalem. Interesting, that one single man could stand in the way of moving an embassy, when the country's political representatives voted overwhelmingly to do this 5 years ago. But, then again this is not just "a moving" of people and office stuff. No, it would be a confirming of a covenant that has been waiting since 1948, but more specifically since the Jews back in the land circulated the Jerusalem Covenant.

May 31, 1992 
Text of The Jerusalem Covenant:

AS OF THIS DAY, Jerusalem day, the twenty-eighth day of the month of Iyar in the year five thousand seven hundred fifty-two; one thousand nine hundred and twenty-two years after the destruction of the Second Temple; forty-four years since the founding of the State of Israel; twenty-five years since the Six Day War during which the Israel Defense Forces, in defense of our very existence, broke through the walls of the city and restored the Temple Mount and the unity of Jerusalem; twelve years since the Knesset of Israel reestablished that Jerusalem, "unified and whole, is the Capital of Israel"; "the State of Israel is the State of the Jewish People" and the Capital of Israel is the Capital of the People of Israel.

We have gathered together in Zion, national leaders and heads of our communities everywhere, to enter into a covenant with Jerusalem, as was done bye the leaders of our nation and all the people of Israel upon Israel's return to its Land from the Babylonian exile; and the people and their leaders vowed to "dwell in Jerusalem, the Holy City".

ONCE AGAIN, "our feet stand within your gates, O Jerusalem - Jerusalem built as a city joined together" which "unites the people of Israel to one another", and "links heavenly Jerusalem with earthly Jerusalem."

WE HAVE RETURNED to the place that the lord vowed to bestow upon the descendants of Abraham, Father of our Nation; to the City of David, King of Israel; where Solomon, son of David, built a Holy Temple; a Capital City which became the Mother of all Israel; a metropolis for justice and righteousness and for the wisdom and insights of the ancient world; where a Second Temple was erected in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah.

In this city the prophets of the Lord prophesied; in this city the Sages taught Torah; in this City the Sanhedrin convened in session in its stone chamber. "For there were the seats of Justice, the Throne of the House of David", "for out Zion shall go forth Torah, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem."

TODAY AS OF OLD, we hold fast to the truth of the words of the Prophets of Israel, that all the inhabitants of the world shall enter within the gates of Jerusalem; "And it shall come to pass at the end of days, the mountain of the House of the Lord will be well established at the peak of the mountains and will tower above the hills, and all the nations shall stream toweards it.

Each and every nation will live in it by its own faith: "For all the nations will go forward, each with its own Divine Name; we shall go in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever, "And in this spirit the Knesset of the State of Israel has enacted a law: the places holy to the peoples of all religions shall be protected from any desecration and from any restriction of free access to them.

JERUSALEM - peace and tranquillity shall reign in the city: "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may those who love you be tranquil. May there be peace within your walls, and tranquillity within your palaces." Out of Jerusalem, a message of peace went forth and shall yet go forth again to all the inhabitants of the earth: "And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more." Our sages, peace be upon them, said: in the future, The Holy One, the Blessed, will comfort Jerusalem only with peace.

FROM THIS PLACE, we once again take this vow: "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand lose its strength; may my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not raise up Jerusalem at the very height of my rejoicing."

And with all these understanding, we enter into this Covenant and write: "We shall bind you to us forever; we shall bind you to us with faithfulness, with righteousness and justice, with steadfast love and compassion. We love you, O Jerusalem, with eternal love, with unbounded love, under siege and when liberated from the yoke of oppressors. We have been martyred for you; we have yearned for you, we have clung to you. Our faithfulness to you we shall bequeath to our children after us. Forevermore, our home shall be within you.

In certification of this covenant, we sign:

Yeshayahu Barrel who was Director-General of the Ministry for Jerusalem   Affairs, presided over the presentation, initiating "a world-wide celebration to reaffirm the bond between the Jewish people and Jerusalem."

Mendham Leon (a Justice) who was Deputy President of the Israeli Supreme Court drafted the document.

Chain Herzog was president of Israel at the time. He received the signed document once it was circulated around the world and returned to Israel. This should have been May 19, 1993 or 28th of Iyar, 5753. I do not know of all the dignitaries and leaders of Israel that signed the covenant, but there should have been some very high ranking individuals.

Sharon 
harrison@ccp.com

 

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