Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Divine commitment to rebuild Zion


"Gd declared, "It is My responsibility to pay for the fire I kindled. I ignited Zion, as it is written, 'And He set fire to Zion, and it consumed her foundations,' and I will build her in fire, as it is written, 'And I will be a wall of fire around her, and a source of honour in her midst.'"

(Talmud, Bava Kama 60b)

Have a great day,


  1. "I will build her in fire" What do you think this means lema'aseh. By war? by natural disaster? I think that the metaphor of fire is used because of the four basic elements of the universe as Chazal saw it;air earth water and fire, only the creation and use of fire is really a human invention which can be used creatively or destructively. Here Hashem "takes back" the creation and use of fire both to destroy and finally to rebuild bimheira beyameinu.