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מִי שֶׁלֹּא זָכָה בַקְּטֹרֶת כָּל יָמָיו יָבֹא וְיָפִיס. וְלֹא הָיוּ מַנִּיחִים לְמִי שֶׁזָּכָה בָהּ פַּעַם אַחַת לִשְׁנוֹת בָּהּ, מִפְּנֵי שֶׁמַּעֲשֶׁרֶת, דִּכְתִיב (דְּבָרִים לג) יָשִׂימוּ קְטוֹרָה בְאַפֶּךָ וְגוֹ' בָּרֵךְ ה' חֵילוֹ, לְפִיכָךְ לֹא הָיוּ מַנִּיחִים לִשְׁנוֹת בָּהּ אָדָם, כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּהְיוּ הַכֹּל מִתְעַשְּׁרִים וּמִתְבָּרְכִים ...
See this article, and especially this quote from the Talmud Yerushalmi: On the day that the Holy Temple was destroyed, a Jew was plowing his field when his cow suddenly called out. An Arab was passing by and heard the low of the cow. Said the Arab to the Jew: "Son of Judah! Unyoke your cow, free the stake of your plow, for your Holy Temple has now been ...
Martin, Ernest L. 2000. The temples that Jerusalem forgot. Portland, OR: ASK Publications. considers that the Western/Wailing Wall was part of a Roman fortress called Fort Antonia and not the Temple. Also, Josephus wrote in his The Jewish Wars that the Romans completely destroyed the Second Temple in 70 AD, leveling it to the ground.
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