September 10: Restoration of the Land

Jeremiah 33:10-13

Thus says the Lord: “Again there shall be heard in this place—of which you say, ‘It is desolate, without man and without beast’—in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast, the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say:

“’Praise the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, 
for His mercy endures forever’—and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,” says the Lord.

 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “In this place which is desolate, without man and without beast, and in all its cities, there shall again be a dwelling place of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, the flocks shall again pass under the hands of him who counts them,” says the Lord.

In Israel, especially among the non-Jewish residents, fireworks mark the end of marriage ceremonies.  Often the skies over Jerusalem are ablaze with color and the sound of music fills the air.


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