Rabbi Shelly Donnell’s New Year’s Reflection – The Walls of Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a city with high walls. Circling the Old City, Suleiman the Magnificent built the
fortified walls that form the familiar backdrop for so many postcard views of the holy city. It is
also the view that I see daily from my bedroom window. Now, how much is that worth in real
estate terms…location, location, location. I feel sorry for the engineers who designed Suleiman’s
fortifications. It seems that they left Mount Zion outside the protective walls, a fatal mistake – for
them. You can still see their tombs just inside the Jaffa gate, if you know where to look.

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