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Rise and Fall: Part VII: Third Temple
By Rafi Kleiderman - January 10, 2009

Ever since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE many Jews have been longing and praying for their holiest religious site to be rebuilt and restored to glory. If, how and when this great event will occur has been the subject of much discussion since that time. There are...

Rise and Fall: Part VI: Masada
By Rafi Kleiderman - January 10, 2009

The destruction of the Second Temple is one of the most important events in the history of the Jewish people, and certainly one of the saddest. Every year Jews observe Tishah BAv which literally means the ninth day of the month of Av. This hold day recognizes the day on which the...

Rise and Fall: Part V: Destruction
By Rafi Kleiderman - January 10, 2009

The Second Temple had survived for over 400 years in a world full of war and political upheaval. For much of this time Judah, or Judea as it had become known, was under domination by foreign powers. There was also a fierce internal rivalry amongst the Jewish population between the...

Rise and Fall: Part IV: Second Temple
By Rafi Kleiderman - January 10, 2009

The Second Temple in Hebrew called Beit HaMikdash which simply means Holy House was finally reconstructed in Jerusalem in 516 BCE. From then until the Roman wars in the early first century AD it was once again the center of Jewish worship. But the period between the destruction of the...

Rise and Fall: Part III: Destruction
By Rafi Kleiderman - January 10, 2009

Solomon presided over the successful construction of the First Temple and enjoyed forty years reigning as the King of Israel. Solomon was renowned for his kindness and wisdom but also for the fact that he took over 700 wives and 300 concubines, and it is alleged that they turned his...
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