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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Jerusalem is a gushing wellspring of existence.”

No one knows why it should be so, but Jerusalem is a fault-line in the stratification of the world order.

Just as water may spurt forth from a geological fault, so, too, Jerusalem is a gushing wellspring of existence, a source of goodness and benefit.

Because this point where the physical and spiritual worlds meet is the place where they can work together, things happen in Jerusalem that do not conform to ordinary rules.

Here, more than anywhere else, the smallest events take on a cosmic meaning and enigmatic complexity that are beyond our understanding.

An event that happens in Jerusalem reverberates all over the world, yet a similar incident elsewhere passes almost unnoticed.

Only here does the causality of the material world become entangled with the entirely different causality of the spiritual world.

The energy of justice and the energy of power are pulled toward Jerusalem, as toward a lightning rod, and become entangled, sending shock waves around the globe.

Jerusalem is a place of power and resonance, waiting — perhaps hoping — for a voice that will be heard all over the world, a voice that will renew the message of peace and wholeness and holiness that has always issued from this holy city.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

“The Resonance of Jerusalem” Syndicated column–July 21, 2005