Two Jerusalems

 

Two Jerusalems

70 cm /73,5 cm
ink on paper
text: Talmud, tractate Taanit 5a

The Holy One, Blessed be He, said, “I will not enter the heavenly Jerusalem until I can enter the earthly Jerusalem”, [meaning until there is holiness in the Jerusalem on earth]. [The Gemara asks:] Is there a Jerusalem above? [The Gemara answers:] Yes. For it says, “The built-up Jerusalem is like the city with which it is joined together” (Psalms 122:3) [meaning: Jerusalem on earth is modelled after its prototype in heaven].