Posts Tagged ‘Temple’


UNESCO is opening a new front in the war against religious diversity in the Middle East

editor 27 July 2017

By Jonathan Rabinovitch.. The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed a motion on July 7, 2017 declaring the Old City of Hebron to a Palestinian World Heritage Site in Danger. This new narrative, now enshrined by UNESCO, is both historically inaccurate and contrary to lived reality. And yet these facts and the dangerous implications of such a move seem to elude the member bodies of the committee. [Photo top right: Unesco logo from Wikipedia Commons](more…)


My Sephardic Inheritance: a Spoonful of Salt, a Spoonful of Sugar

editor 21 February 2017

By Hannah Pressman.. What a family heirloom taught me about my ancestors, and the mysterious parts of my Jewish history. Anointing challah with honey during the first year of marriage is a popular Jewish tradition—a way for newlyweds to mark the sweetness of their new life together. I confess, though, to preferring savory indulgences over sweet ones, in general. So, once the second year of my marriage was underway, I was not all that reluctant to return to salting my challah. (more…)


Rare coin from King Antiochus’s rule discovered in Jerusalem

editor 22 December 2016

By Daniel K, Eisenbud.. Antiochus sparked the Maccabean revolt that led to the victory of the Maccabees and reclaiming of the Temple. Nearly 30 years after completion of excavations in the courtyard of Jerusalem’s Tower of David, outside the Old City’s walls, archeologists thought no stone was left unturned. [Photo top right: Antiochus Epiphanes]  (more…)


2nd Temple Era Bronze Utensils Discovered in Migdal Excavations on Sea of Galilee

editor 18 April 2016

By A decorated bronze incense scoop and a bronze jug were recently uncovered in archaeological excavations in Migdal (see photo top right), on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. The Israel Antiquities Authority is leading archaeological excavations slated for the construction of a guesthouse at Migdal. The land is owned by Arke New Gate. (more…)


Daily History December 21, 2015

editor 21 December 2015

The Jewish Temples: Where were they located?
By Dr. David R. Reagan.. I have been receiving a lot of inquiries recently concerning a Temple. The sub-title is, “Amazing New Discoveries That Change Everything About The Location Of Solomon’s Temple,” which reads like a Madison Avenue advertising slogan. The thesis of this book is startling. It asserts that the Jewish Temples (Solomon’s and Herod’s) were located south of the Temple Mount in the ancient City of David and that the entire Temple Mount was the Antonia Fortress where Roman troops were garrisoned. The author, Robert Cornuke, touts himself as a “former FBI trained police investigator.” Read the full story here(more…)


Egyptian Novelist Youssef Ziedan: The Al-Aqsa Mosque Is Not Sacred to the Muslims or the Jews

editor 16 December 2015

By MEMRI.. In a recent TV interview, Egyptian novelist and scholar Youssef Ziedan said that the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Palestine is not the Al-Aqsa Mosque referred to in the Quran. Citing ancient scholars, Ziedan said that the Al-Haram Mosque and Al-Aqsa Mosque were “on the road from Mecca to Ta’if.” “Neither we nor the [Jews] have anything to do with it,” he said. “It’s all politics.” Following are excerpts from the interview, which aired on the Egyptian CBC TV channel on December 3, 2015. (more…)


Secrets under the Al-Aqsa Mosque: A Photographic Essay

editor 2 November 2015

By Lenny Ben-David.. The current Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammed Ahmad Hussein [Photo top right], declared on October 25, 2015, that the Al-Aqsa Mosque was a mosque built on the site “3,000 years ago, and 30,000 years ago… since the creation of the world.” In his interview with Israel’s Channel 2, the Mufti also insisted that there never was a Jewish Temple or shrine atop the Temple Mount.3

Temple Mount, 1915.

Temple Mount, 1915. Al Aqsa Mosque on the left, Dome of the Rock on the right. The domed Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue is on the horizon between Al Aqsa and the tree. (Photographed by Bernhard Moritz, Library of Congress 1 and Ottoman Imperial Archives 2 )



Tisha B’av

editor 4 August 2014

By C4I International.. Tisha B’Av (Hebrew: תשעה באב or ט׳ באב, “the Ninth of Av,”) is an annual fast day in Judaism, named for the ninth day (Tisha) of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 655 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. Tisha B’av begins in the Diaspora at sundown on August 4, 2014 (9th of Av, 5774).  (more…)


400 Silent Years? Anything but Silent!!! (Part 7)

editor 11 June 2014

By Lance Lambert.. The Canon of the Old Testament and other Jewish Literature. During these 400 years before Christ we discover three main streams of literary activity. Firstly, The Canon of the OT.We use the term ‘canon’ (meaning ‘measure’) to distinguish from other writings that which is divinely inspired and absolutely authoritative. (more…)


The Talmud Is a Training Manual for Jews Preparing for the Next Holy Era

editor 10 April 2014

By Adam Kirsch.. For a hundred generations Jews lived in anticipation of redemption, a historical tension that continues to define Judaism.  Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world. Tractate Sukkot, whose third chapter Daf Yomi readers finished this week, is not one of the parts of the Talmud primarily concerned with the Temple. Unlike Yom Kippur, which in Temple times was a holiday focused on the high priest in Jerusalem, Sukkot is a holiday celebrated by all Jews at home. (more…)


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