Jerusalem Is Calling (S1E5)

From sacred cities and divided cities in general to Jerusalem in particular, join us as we take a deep look at what makes Jerusalem so special in the first place.

(This episode comes at the point where the United States announced its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and faced a UNGA resolution objecting to their accepting a fact…)

We also discuss city-specific mental illnesses, welcome our first special guest into the studio, make some oddly rap-fueled sound gags in opportune places, and feature topical musical breaks throughout.

Jerusalem Is Calling

There is no city on Earth as contested as Jerusalem. For thousands of years, nearly everyone has wanted a piece of this particular real estate, from Hittites to Canaanites to Egyptians to Jews to Babylonians to Romans to Mohammed to Crusaders to Mameluks to Ottomans to Jews to Palestinans and back again. What makes Jerusalem so special? Something about the city motivates everyone to stake a claim on it in some form. We live in a time where the United Nations seems to have nothing better to do than to debate the status of this city, trying to exert control. Why does everyone see Jerusalem as theirs?

Jerusalem, Israeli-Jordanian border 1948-1967
The Israeli-Jordanian border in the city, 1948-1967

From David’s want to give G-d a Home (itself a strange idea!) to the eventual building of the Temple, from the Creation of Man from the dirt on the Temple Mount to the vision of the future in Zechariah that says all nations will come to celebrate Sukkot, the intersection of personal and universal runs through this little city. It’s the center of the world map, and the center of the celestial world.

Ultimately, we look at the relationship between the personal and the universal, and tease out its centrality in the relationship between Man and the Divine. And this, as we all know, is how and why Jerusalem calls to all.

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