The Philistines tried. So did the Assyrians, Romans, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Byzantines, Caliphs, Crusaders, Mamluks, Ottomans, Egyptians, Iraqis, Syrians, Lebanese, Saudis, Yemenites, Algerians, Iranians, Moroccans and Jordanians. Over the past 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been attacked time and time again, with countless attempts to erase Jewish history from the city. The Arch of Titus in Rome, built in 81 AD, carries a frieze (pictured) depicting the Roman commander returning with loot pillaged from the destroyed Second Temple, including a Menorah, sacred table and trumpets. Far more recently, in 1948, the Jordanians demolished 52 ancient Synagogues in the city, using Jewish gravestones to build latrines and turning the Western Wall into a rubbish dump. In 1964, Yasser Arafat once again initiated an attempt to remove Jerusalem's Jewish heritage, replacing it with a farcical 'Palestinian' one, a fruitless exercise continued to this day by Mahmoud Abbas. Time and time again, attempts have been made to disassociate the Jewish people from their eternal capital. All have failed. ... See MoreSee Less
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The 28th of Shvat was a #Hebrew festival in ancient times, celebrating #Jerusalem’s salvation from destruction.
Roughly a year after the #Ḥanukah victory and rededication of the Temple, the #Seleucid-Greek military again invaded #Judea from the south.
The desperate imperial forces, led by the child King Antiochus V and his regent Lysias, employed war elephants for the first time in their campaign to crush the #Maccabees.
When the Judean fighters, led by Yehuda ben Matityahu HaKohen, engaged the foreign soldiers at Beit Zakharia, they were shocked by the sight of the great ferocious beasts.
#Elazar Avaran, younger brother of Yehuda, quickly regained his courage and successfully killed an elephant he mistakenly believed to be carrying the king. But not being fast enough to escape after killing the beast, he himself was crushed by the fallen animal.
Seeing Elazar dead and overwhelmed by the giant elephants, Yehuda’s guerrillas for the first time retreated from the enemy and took refuge within the fortified walls of Jerusalem.
Antiochus and Lysias laid siege to the city, hoping to starve the rebels out. But on the 28th of Shvat, after learning of a political rival seizing power in Antioch, the child king and his regent lifted the siege and redirected their forces to fight for the throne.
Jerusalem was saved and the 28th of Shvat became observed as one of several festivals on the Hebrew calendar commemorating the #Maccabean struggle for independence.
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