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When a father complains that his son has taken to evil ways, what should he do? Love him more than ever.
We should not laugh at the person who becoming caught up in his prayer bends his body or moves about in strange ways. Perhaps he moves in this manner to wave off unwelcome thoughts that would interrupt the prayer. Would we find it funny if we saw a person drowning going through strange motions doing whatever was necessary to save his life?
Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Holy City of Jerusalem?
ow Much Do You Know About The Holy City of Jerusalem?Test your knowledge with this short quiz.
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How many names is Jerusalem given in Judaism?
2) Did King David build the fortifications known as the 'Tower of David' (Migdal David)?
Yes, but they were to added to and rebuilt later
No, the towers and fortifications have nothing to do with King David
Which of the following is correct regarding Jerusalem?
One spouse may compel the other to move to Jerusalem or grant them a divorce
A corpse may not be left in the city overnight
Certain tithes may only be eaten within its walls
All of the above
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When Israeli paratroopers recaptured the Western Wall in 1967, for how many years had the wall been under Jordanian rule?
19 years, since the War of Independence
More than 400 years, following the collapse of the Mamluk empire
It had not been under Jordanian rule at all, since it had been administered by an international force
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Which mountain is the site of the past and future Holy Temples?
Mount of Olives
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What is the 'messiah clause' in a Jerusalem lease agreement?
A clause requiring the tenant to move out to make space for Kohanim upon the arrival of Moshiach
A clause prohibiting the landlord from raising rent when Moshiach arrives
A clause requiring the tenant to move out and make way for the owner when Moshiach comes
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After which war was the — now famous — Chabad "tefillin stand" set up at the Western Wall?
The Six Day War of 1967
The Suez Crisis of 1956
The Yom Kippur War of 1972
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Place the following rulers of Jerusalem in proper chronological order:
Queen Salome Alexandra, King Solomon, King David, King Hezekiah
King David, King Solomon, Queen Salome Alexandra, King Hezekiah,
King Hezekiah, King David, King Solomon, Queen Salome Alexandra
King David, King Solomon, King Hezekiah, Queen Salome Alexandra
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On which of the following days do we mourn the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem?
The 10th of Tishrei - Yom Kippur
The 3rd of Tishrei - Tzom Gedeliah
The 9th of Av - Tisha B'Av
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8 Classic Jewish Teachings About Jerusalem
Jerusalem, always in our hearts. Stamped into the DNA of the Jewish people. What is so special about this city? Here are 8 Jewish teachings about the uniqueness of this sacred spot, the sadness of its destruction and the promise of its rebirth.
Not only was Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish nation, it is considered the most beautiful city on earth. In the words of the Talmud (Kiddushin 49b):
Ten measures of beauty were given to the world. Nine were taken by Jerusalem, and one was distributed all over earth.
2. The Gate of Heaven"The Wailing Wall" by Carl Werner.
The Western Wall is one of the most well-known sites in Israel and the world. It has another, lesser known, name as well: "The Wailing Wall." This moniker was coined by Arabs, who saw the Jews stream there to pour out their hearts before their Father in Heaven.
The connection between Jerusalem and Jewish prayer runs thick and deep. Regarding Jacob's sleep in Jerusalem, the Midrash (Pirkei Drabbi Eliezer 35) records:
Jacob arose in the morning and said: "The house of G‑d is in this place!" . . . From here we infer that anyone who prays in this place, in Jerusalem, is considered to be praying before the Divine Throne, because that is the place of the gate to heaven, with an open door to He who hears prayers. Indeed, Jacob says, "This is the gate to heaven."
3. Why Was Jerusalem Destroyed?The Destruction of Jerusalem by David Roberts
Jerusalem's stunning beauty was cut short when it was destroyed by enemy invaders, who left the city, including the Holy Temple, in ruins. The sages attribute many factors as reasons for the destruction. Here is one (Bava Metzia 30b):
Rabbi Yochanan says: Jerusalem was destroyed because [the courts] adjudicated cases on the basis of Torah law in the city. What else should they have done? Should they rather have adjudicated cases arbitrarily? Rather [the problem was that] that they established their rulings on the basis of Torah law and did not go beyond the letter of the law.
4. Mourning and ResurrectionOutside Jerusalem's Shechem Gate circa 1900
The destruction of Jerusalem cut deeper than mere rock and plaster. Jerusalem in its glory was a place where G‑dliness was felt. Even today, when Jerusalem has been built bigger and bolder than ever before, we still mourn over the light-filled Jerusalem of yore. Thus, we read (Taanit 30b):
Anyone who mourns over Jerusalem will merit to see its gladness.
5. Jerusalem Above, Jerusalem BelowJews at the Western Wall by Alexandre Bida
Jerusalem has a sister city, the ethereal "Jerusalem of above." Corresponding to the physical city in the Judean hills, there is the Jerusalem of the spiritual realms. Obviously, this city endures forever, unaffected by enemy marauders. Nonetheless Rabbi Yochanan states (Taanit 5a):
Said the Holy One blessed be He: I will not enter the upper Jerusalem until I will enter the lower Jerusalem.
When Moshiach will restore Jerusalem to its glory, the spiritual Jerusalem will be redeemed as well.
Thank G‑d, Jerusalem is pulsating with Jewish life. Yet the Jews in Jerusalem live under threat of terror attack. We eagerly await the day when the words of the prophet (Zechariah 8:3) will be fulfilled:
So said the L‑rd: I will return to Zion, and I will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem shall be called the city of truth, and the mount of the L‑rd of Hosts [shall be called] the holy mountain.
The prophet (Michah 4:2) tells of the day when Jerusalem will be the source of G‑dly awareness for all people:
And many nations shall go, and they shall say, "Come, let us go up to the L‑rd's mount and to the house of the G‑d of Jacob, and let Him teach us of His ways, and we will go in His paths," for out of Zion shall the Torah come forth, and the word of the L‑rd from Jerusalem.
8. It's in Our Hands!
We can be the ones to bring Jerusalem—and indeed, the entire world—to the spiritual fulfillment for which it had been created by G‑d. The prophets (Isaiah 1:27) remind us that:
Zion will be redeemed in judgement, and her captives with tzedakah.
Through our Torah study and performance of mitzvahs, especially giving charity, we will merit the ultimate redemption.
May it be speedily in our days. Amen!
Jerusalem Opens New Section Of Famed Ramparts Walk
One of the best ways to tour the Old City of Jerusalem is from above via the South Ramparts Walk, from Jaffa Gate to the Western Wall. After about five years of work, the full North Ramparts Walk route is now open. It stretches about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from Jaffa Gate to Lions' Gate, with a bird's-eye view of the Christian and Muslim Quarters and the Mount of Olives. Infrastructure such as balustrades and lighting have been installed. North Ramparts walkers also will see the Temple Mount, Santa Ana Crusader Church, A-Sahara neighborhood, Rockefeller Museum, Mount Scopus, Mount of Olives and the Kidron (Jehoshaphat) Valley.
The Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage spent ₪11 million ($3.2 million) for the project, undertaken by the East Jerusalem Development Company (PAMI). "For years, the Old City of Jerusalem has not realized its tourist potential. The new section will allow the millions of tourists in Jerusalem to experience the city on a route that allows both a view into the Old City and from the walls outward," said Minister of Jerusalem and Heritage Ze'ev Elkin.
"This project joins tourism projects that will increase the number of visitors each year such as the cable car, accessibility of the Old City alleys and the renovation of the Old City's urban space," said Elkin.
The walks are not accessible to people with disabilities or to wheelchairs and strollers.
The South Ramparts Walk is open Sunday-Thursday, 9-4 (July-August to 10pm) and Friday and holiday eves to 2pm. The North Ramparts Walk is open Sunday-Thursday and Saturday from 9-4 (summer to 5pm). Each side takes about an hour and a half to complete.
Ticket is valid for both sections, for two days. Fees: adult ₪20, student/retiree ₪10, child/soldier ₪8. Purchase tickets online or at box offices at Cannon Plaza (the back entrance of the Tower of David, to the right of Jaffa Gate square); on the left-hand side after entering Jaffa Gate; or at Roman Square.
If you don't have a guide, download a free audio guide in the "Vocal Tours in Jerusalem" app for Android or iOS.
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