Jerusalem is perhaps the most interesting and spiritually important city in the world. For the Jewish people, it is the most treasured city in their long history. It is mentioned over 600 times in the Hebrew Bible; every time a Jew prays he or she faces Jerusalem; at the end of every Passover seder, Jews sing out l’shanah haba b’Yerushaliym, “next year in Jerusalem.”

In this conversation, with Mosaic editor Jonathan Silver, Rabbi Soloveichik walks listeners through some of the enduring cultural symbols that help illuminate the role Jerusalem has played in the minds of the Jews throughout the ages. This discussion was recorded to mark the launch of Rabbi Soloveichik’s new daily podcast, Jerusalem 365, in which, for roughly fifteen minutes each day, he will explore Jerusalem’s buildings, its rulers, its people, and its role in the spiritual and cultural history of the Jewish people, the state of Israel, and the West.

You can click here to view a PDF with the various symbols, images, and texts referenced in the discussion.

This conversation was an episode of the Tikvah Podcast. You can watch it by using the video above or listen to it by using the player below. 

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