Statement on the Status of Jerusalem

TORA, the organization of Traditional Rabbis of America, applauds and expresses our deep gratitude to President Trump for his courageous and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to begin the process of moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

This decision, which implements a law passed by Congress in 1995, acknowledges the reality that each sovereign nation can choose the location of its capital and the eternal bond between the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem that dates back to the Bible. Jews, who for millennia have yearned for the divine presence to return to Jerusalem, rightly take pride in American confirmation of these bonds and this reality. It corrects the absurdity of denying the political and physical reality of the location of Israel’s capital since statehood was declared almost seventy years ago.

We pray that this decision will have a constructive effect on the universal desire for peace and tranquility in the land of Israel and the Middle East. May this momentous decision herald the day when “from Zion shall go forth the Torah and the word of God from Jerusalem.”