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Section:  Avodah   Category: Shmoneh Esrei
Rav Yehonoson Eibushitz: V'LeYerushalayim & Es Tzemach - The Tefila Of A Real Zionist
There's no need to elaborate because one needs to pour down tears without wiping for the building of Yerushalayim and the return of the Keren Dovid  (Mashiach) because this is the ultimate perfection of men. And if we don't have Yerushalayim and the Kingdom of Dovid, why do we exist? And Yerushalayim is called the throne of Hashem, and likewise Dovid which sits like the Merkava (holy chariot) above, as it is written "And Shlomo sat on the throne of Hashem". If the angels above call out in crying and in lamentations on the destruction of Yerushalayim, day and night nonstop, and they are mourners of Tzion, how could we be silent and not cry on the Chilul Hashem which was desecrated in the destruction of Yerushalayim and in the loss of the kingdom of Dovid .

Each man is obligated to say in his heart "Ribono Shel Olam I hereby offer my life in the sanctification of Your Name. And if I am not fit to see the building of Tzion and the return of the Kingdom of Dovid, I will die in the sanctification of Your Name and my eyes will not see the building of Yerushalayim and the sprouting of the Keren Dovid  in order to Yiskadash Shimcha (sanctify Your Name, a reference to the Kaddish Tefila), and that You have mercy on your sons who are humiliated, weakened in sickness, and who bear for Your yichud (Oneness, i.e. which proclaim loyalty to the One Hashem) and sanctify your name b'rabim.

It is that in our many sins, the destruction and desolateness of the splendorous temple, and the loss of the kingdom of Dovid , it is known to all how much lack of good this has caused us. We have descended from life to death, and likewise it will be the opposite when Hashem returns Tzion, we will rise from death to life. And now we have only 1/60th portion of life. Therefore we say (in the Shir Hamalos tehilim) "when Hashem returns...we were like dreamers". Because just like a dream has 1/60th of death, so too we are the opposite because we will feel that there was with us only a 1/60th portion of life. Therefore, there is no need to prolong on this, whoever has just a (minimal) Jewish soul, would his heart not be broken in himself in pronouncing the destruction of Yerushalayim and the remembrance that the kingdom of Dovid that was terminated due to our many sins.

This is a short, practical version of Ya'aros Devash 1:1 which Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe zt"l condensed in Alei Shur pg.123. The original contains all kinds of fascinating mystical insights. The interested reader is referred to Ya'aros Devash 1:1, starting about half-way through.


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