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Yearning for Zion

In 586 BCE, the Jews of the Southern Kingdom were conquered and exiled by the Babylonian Empire. Their yearning for their lost homeland was encapsulated in the immortal words of Psalm 137: “By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion”. These words have resonated throughout the ages and come to epitomize a nation’s love for its country. Jews commemorate the destruction of their Temple by the Babylonians, even though they were later able to return to their land.