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Unbroken Jewish Life in Jerusalem Under Ottoman Rule (1517 – 1917)

In the year 1517, the Ottoman Empire conquered Jerusalem and the rest of the Land of Israel from the Mamluks during yet another fierce and bloody battle for the Holy City. During the 400 years of the Ottoman Empire’s rule over the Land of Israel, the Jewish People continued an unbroken chain of living in Jerusalem and other key cities in the Land. During this time, Jerusalem remained an undivided city, as it had been for the thousands of years beforehand under the rule of many different empires. Jewish families were settled and well-rooted in Jerusalem well before the Ottoman armies conquered the region. The Jews continued living there with much devotion despite many hardships, and over the centuries, the community continued to grow. No other people maintained this unbroken chain of living in Jerusalem.

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