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Did you know that Jerusalem is mentioned in the Islamic Quran (Koran) exactly ZERO times, while it is mentioned in the Jewish Tanach (Bible) 669 times!

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Today the Jewish Ethiopian community of Israel gathered together in Jerusalem to celebrate the traditional Sigd holiday.

Sigd is observed each year on the 29th day of MarCheshvan, fifty days following Yom Kippur. This year, however, the holiday was observed on the 27th of MarCheshvan, as the 29th falls on Shabbat.

The Sigd holiday symbolizes a reaffirmation of Israels covenant with G-d, and, traditionally, an expression of longing to return to Jerusalem and the Holy Temple. Before ascending to Israel, a process that has proceeded over the past four decades, (and still remains to be completed), the Jewish communities in Ethiopia would observe Sigd by assembling on a nearby mountaintop, facing the direction of Jerusalem. The day would begin in solemn fasting and prayer, accompanied by reading from the Torah, and conclude with a breaking of the fast and a festive meal enjoyed by all.

Today, the national observation of the holiday takes place on the Armon HaNatziv Promenade, which overlooks the Temple Mount. Tradition holds that it was from this point that Avraham first saw Mount Moriah after G-d had directed him to make an offering of his son Yitzchak on the mountaintop.

Today the Ethiopian community is joined by fellow Israelis who come together to celebrate the holiday with prayers and a festive meal, music and dance.
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By Pinchas Abarmovitch (translated from Hebrew)

The place of the altar was known for many generations before the establishment of the Temple

The altar - its place is most precise

Last week's Torah reading, Vayera, described the binding of Yitzchak, in which Avraham ascends to Mount Moriah, to bind Yitzchak, his son, and offer him up as a burnt offering, until the angel of HaShem stops him saying:

"Do not raise your hands to the youth, and do not harm him, for now I know that you fear G-d."

In the place where Avraham built an altar and placed Yitzchak on it, he offers a ram and calls the place "HaShem will see."

This is how the place of the worship of HaShem was determined for all generations, as Maimonides (Guide of the Perplexed 3:50) states:

"And Avraham said to them," And Avraham worshiped and prayed there, and said before HaShem: 'Here shall the future generations worship.'"

Maimonides further wrote that the place of the altar of burnt offering in the Temple is in the place of the Akeida (Beit HaBikrah 2: 2):

"It is a tradition well kinown to all that the place where David and Solomon built the altar in the threshing floor of Aravah is the place where Avraham built the altar and Yitzchak laid upon it."

For this reason, Maimonides also ruled:

"The place of the altar is very precise, and it is never moved from its place forever."

The Gemara (Zevachim 62a) notes that the captives of the Exile from Babylon established the altar of the Second Temple on the site of the first altar, and discussed how the returnees from exile were able to identify the place of the first altar. One of the answers relates to the binding of Yitzchak: "Rabbi Isaac Naphtha said: they saw the ashes of Yitzchak's altar in that same place."

The place of the altar was known by many even after the destruction of the second Holy Temple.

Even after the destruction of the Second Temple, the altar was likely preserved for hundreds of years.

The traveler from Bordeaux who passed through the Land of Israel in 333 (the Amoraim period) identifies the place of the altar on the Temple Mount and also gives us details about the stone floor 'which is before the altar where the Temple was built by Solomon.'

Jerome, of the Church fathers in the 5th century, also mentions in his writings red stones that appear among the ruins of the altar.

In the medieval sources, the site of the altar was rarely mentioned, but only the location of the Temple. Of all the descriptions of the many journeys from the Middle Ages, only one traveler mentions the location of the altar on the Temple Mount. The description of the journey is close to the description of the journey attributed to Rabbi Ya'akov, the emissary of Rabbi Yechiel of Paris, who mentions the sites of the Temple Mount, including the identification of the site of the altar,

"A very magnificent building was built on Ibn Shetiya, [the Foundation Stone]. The kings of Ishmael [the Muslims] built it, made it a prayer house, and built a very handsome dome above the building, and the building on the Holy of Holies and on the Temple."

He then adds:

'In front of the house to the east is a building on pillars with a dome over the pillars. It seems to be the place of the outer altar, located in the 'Israel Courtyard.' We saw the Ishmaelites gathering there on the day of their festival, about three thousand, circling the same place as dance, distinguishing between impurity and purity, as Israel used to round up the altar on the seventh day of the festival (Hoshana Rabba).

And here, the traveler identifies the place of the altar with a structure known to us today - the 'Dome of the Chain'.

The Dome of the Chain is a prominent structure that was built like the Dome of the Rock on two columns of columns inside each other and is adjacent to the Dome of the Rock to the east. Some researchers in the modern era have also identified the location of the Dome of the Chain as the site of the altar.

Claude Kondar of the Palestine Exploration Fund, in his book Tent work in Palestine, writes about coordinating the dome of the chain with the place of the altar that stood with the help of Israel. Other researchers have pointed out to support this hypothesis that the diameter of the chain dome is about 14 meters, which is the size of the altar 32 × 32 cubits (according to the small cubit of 44.4 cm).

However, the Ramban's [Nachmanides'] student does not identify with certainty the location of the Dome of the Chain as the site of the altar, but rather uses more ambiguous language in describing it, and says: "It appears to be the outer altar." This is contrary to the certainty in which he identifies the place of the Dome of the Rock as the place of the Holy of Holies in the decisive language: On the Holy of Holies and the Temple.'

If we measure the distance between the Dome of the Rock and the dome of the chain, we find that there is no certainty that the place of the Dome of the Chain is the place of the altar. The distance between the Dome of the Chain from the Foundation Stone, located under the Dome of the Rock is approximately 38 meters. According to what is described in Tractate Midot in Mishnah, the distance between the altar and the Foundation Stone is 95 cubits.

Are 38 meters equal 95 cubits? In the halachic tradition, there are several lengths assigned to an "ammah [cubit]." Some sources suggest that the length of the cubit is of 44.4 cm (as in the case of the Roman cubit). A section of the Dome of the Chain is is indeed located in a place suitable for the site of the altar, but according to other estimates which describe the length of the cubit as 52.5 or 48 cm, the entrance to the Temple itself extends up to where the Dome of the Chain stands, in which case the place of the altar is located east of the Dome of the Chain.
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Amazing, Jerusalems history coming to life!
Attacks on Israel by Hamas terrorists in Gaza are encouraged by the attempted denial of Israels history and ownership of Jerusalem!
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Is that what it will take?  Dont worry, even without an official U.S. embassy move, the fact will always remain -- Jerusalem was, is and always will be Israels unified capital!


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I am disappointed that President Trump didn't keep his word.


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We in Israel know only too well the pain of these horrific attacks. Our condolences go out to the families who lost loved ones and our prayers go out to those injured. 
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In those days, Judah shall be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell securely and this is the name that He shall call it, the Lord is our righteousness. (Jeremiah 33:16)

The holy city of Jerusalem is mentioned 627 times in the Bible.
The Temple Institute is celebrating the Jubilee of Jerusalems liberation and reunification in 1967 by posting a verse a day with a photo of modern Jerusalem!

238 of 627 times Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible (Tanach).
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