4 Kislev 5774
Ancient walls are a common feature of the Land of Israel and this one is perhaps the most famous of all. But, this is not the wall I am concerned with today. It's the wall I see every day as I cross the
Otherwise known as the "security wall" or" separation barrier"- the one they said would NOT become a "political border." Well, today, it did...
"Israeli negotiators have told their Palestinian counterparts that the ''separation barrier'' that cuts through the occupied West Bank should serve as the border of a future Palestinian state."
Pretty depressing, huh? Well, maybe not so much for those who, unlike me, do not live on the wrong side of it.
But, there is another, happier way of looking at the wall.
In an 18 July 2013 article in Hamodia entitled "The Boy Who Dreamed of Building the Beit Hamikdash," Rav Meir Koznitz gives us his perspective:
Seeing the Geulah in the Security Fence
Reb Meir Lays out the security map of Jerusalem and asks us what we see. We look closely, but don't see anything special.
"Look at the city's borders, at the security fence, and notice the road that has been paved next to it," he says. "Many didn't understand the point of paving a road along the fence. This is not a northern or southern border between two countries that requires constant patrols, so why was the road paved?"
Reb Meir, who has only one thing on his mind - the rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash - has his own unique explanation:
"The security fence is the wall surrounding Jerusalem, and when Moshiach comes, this wall will have to be halachically dedicated as the wall of the holy city. The Sanhedrin will have to come and check the wall, but while in the past the city was much smaller, the present-day wall stretched for dozens of kilometers.
"There is no way they can do this by foot, and they will therefore have to travel in a vehicle along the whole route of the wall.
"If the road hadn't been paved, it would have been impossible for the Sanhedrin to drive along the entire length of the wall, with its bumps and potholes."
Reb Meir looks up, and with a victorious smile continues: "How can you not see the Geulah on this security map? The motive for the road is so obvious!"
HALEVAI! It should only be so!