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"Next year in Jerusalem!" As they have since the Jewish people were scattered throughout the world in AD 70, these words rang out on the evening of April 7, 2018, at the close of the Passover services everywhere, expressing the Jewish anticipation of a future Jerusalem where peace will reign.

While our Jewish friends celebrated Passover and remembered the Passover lamb this season, we should remember that in January, President Trump made it a high priority to relocate the Embassy of the United States of America from Tel Aviv, Israel, to a permanent facility in Israel's capital, Jerusalem, next year. "Incidentally, have you ever noticed that the letters "usa" are located in the middle of the word Jerusalem?)

Recently, President Trump said he might open a scaled-down, temporary embassy in Jerusalem about May 14 during the modern Jewish state's Independence Day celebrations.

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" (Psalm 122:6), and pray that the United States will move its present embassy in Tel Aviv to its rightful place in Jerusalem next year, if not before.

Jack Malone

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