Viewing Yerushalayim in the Right Light

Thank you for publishing two superb articles on President Trump’s recognition of Yerushalayim as the capital of Israel.

The guest editorial written by Rabbi Avraham Dov Greenbaum brilliantly encapsulated one of the most important aspects of this story: Yerushlayim isn’t Trump’s to take or give.

As he put so eloquently, “We Jews were present in the Land before there were any declarations, before anyone thought of ‘independence.’ We will always ‘be here,’ even if every last Jew would be expelled physically from the Land, Heaven forbid. The disciples of the Baal Shem Tov and of the Gaon of Vilna came to live in Eretz Yisrael long before the world saw it as a potential homeland for Jews. We place our trust in the Creator, not in any lord, president, or what have you.”

The Op-Ed by Rabbi Yossi Goldschmiedt was another outstanding article that underscored how a Torah Yid should view such a story. Our connection with Yerushalayim is solely a spiritual one, and even what appears to be a political story must be viewed in such a light.

Shia Eilen