In 1578, a plague forced Rabbi Hayim ben Bezalel of Friedburg into isolation. Unable to focus on legalistic study, he turned his attention to homiletics and in the space of two months produced a book, Sefer HaHayim – The Book of Life. In it he ponders why the Torah never mentions Jerusalem. Instead we read about the place that the LORD your God will choose of all your tribes (Deuteronomy 12:4). He explains that every place can be one that God will choose. This is why, when praying, we face Jerusalem for a person should never think they’re distant or cut off from the place that the LORD your God will choose.