In previous DZ we explained that Zion is the aspect of Yessod of Malchut
“בְּנֵי צִיּוֹן הַיְקָרִים, הַמְסֻלָּאִים בַּפָּז–אֵיכָה נֶחְשְׁבוּ לְנִבְלֵי-חֶרֶשׂ, מַעֲשֵׂה יְדֵי יוֹצֵר”
“The precious sons of Zion, worth their weight in fine gold, how they are regarded as earthen pots, the work of a potter’s hands!”
The book of Lamentation is a cry and description of the state of the Shechinah after losing her home and the unification with the Light. The above describes the falling from a state of high spiritual value to simple earthly vessels.
“עַל הַר-צִיּוֹן שֶׁשָּׁמֵם, שׁוּעָלִים הִלְּכוּ-בוֹ”
“for Mount Zion which lies desolate; jackals prowl over it.”
The ‘Mountain of Zion’ that is the spiritual point of Jerusalem became desolated and the negativity invaded.
“הֲשִׁיבֵנוּ יְהוָה אֵלֶיךָ ונשוב (וְנָשׁוּבָה), חַדֵּשׁ יָמֵינוּ כְּקֶדֶם”
“Return us to yourself, O YHVH that we may return! Renew our days as of old”
The book of Lamentation ends with a prayer, asking God to return us to the ‘old days’ when we had open channel to Zion and enjoyed continuous flow of light.
בְּשׁוּב יְהוָה, אֶת-שִׁיבַת צִיּוֹן– הָיִינוּ, כְּחֹלְמִים”
“A Song of Ascents. When YHVH restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.”
We sing this song after a meal with ten or more men and before the blessing of the food (Birkat Hamazon). One of the blessing is about the building of Jerusalem.
The true meaning of ‘Zionism’ is about having the desire to come back to Zion, which is the state of continuous connection to the Light in the Holy Land.