The Jewish Nation Still Mourns Over Jerusalem’s Destruction Thousands of Years Later
Jerusalem is the most important city in the world for the Jewish People. That is precisely why it was crowned as the capital of the Jews thousands of years ago under King David. It is also the reason that Jerusalem was renewed as the capital of the modern State of Israel. In fact, the importance of Jerusalem is clearly demonstrated today, Tisha B’Av (the nineth day of the Jewish month of Av). Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Holy Temples in the heart of Jerusalem thousands of years ago — the first time by the ancient Babylonians and the second time by the ancient Romans. Note that this all took place long before Islam was created and well before the Arab armies invaded and occupied the Land of Israel. It is even well before Mohammad was born. This connection between the Jewish Nation and Jerusalem is so inherent that modern-day Jews mourn, fast and pray very year on this tragic day.
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THE FINAL BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM AND THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SECOND TEMPLE
Article Courtesy: Israel Unwired
A battle that will never be forgotten. Feel the historic moments of the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE that led to the destruction of the Second Temple.
A breathtaking drama, Temple in Flames, shows the brutal tactics used by Titus and his legions to subdue the besieged city of Jerusalem. In a painfully realistic manner, the film shows the desperate, heroic battle waged by the Jewish fighters to defend their beloved city – to their last drop of blood. The Second Temple was destroyed, and the Jewish people were exiled once again. We still feel that pain. We still feel that distance.
We are still exiled today. Although the Jewish people now have their own state, government, and army, we are eagerly awaiting the final redemption. Yes, we can pray at the Western Wall, but we are yearning for the day where we can pray at the Third Temple beyond that wall. The Western Wall is a reminder of what we truly want. Jerusalem is not yet rebuilt. G-d gave us a beautiful gift, and we must thank Him for that. We must thank Him that Israel is once again in Jewish hands. But that cannot lead to complacency and lack of yearning for the Final Redemption. It must inspire us to want more.
The Jewish enemy destroyed both Temples. There is pain in this world today. Terrorism, antisemitism, racism, viruses, and suffering. That is not the ideal world. We want a world where everyone sees G-d’s glory. We must pray to G-d to bring this exile to an end and have Jerusalem stand united in all its glory.
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