The Gemara says that King Hezekiah (Chizkiyahu) closed one of the springs of water in (under?) Jerusalem, so the Assyrian army wouldn't be able to use it.

Do we have any guesses what exactly that waterway was, or how he closed it? I know there's recently been all sorts of explorations of the tunnels and waterways under Jerusalem.

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    +1 I also heard that Yosef buried tons and tons of gold underground in different places in the world. Can anyone verify this? Jan 29, 2012 at 3:23
  • Shalom, can you cite where in the g'mara this is, please?
    – msh210
    Jan 29, 2012 at 4:22
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    If you say so. Also,@HachamGabriel, that sounds like a good question to ask.
    – Double AA
    Jan 29, 2012 at 18:30
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    @HachamGabriel One of those places must have been San Francisco California :)
    – avi
    Jan 29, 2012 at 20:10

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The only natural fresh water source around Jerusalem is the Gihon spring located just to the east of the city. Originally, there was an aqueduct that brought water into the city, but it was at ground level and could relatively easily be attacked by opposing armies, as the spring was located outside the city walls due to engineering concerns. King Hezekiah in anticipation of the Assyrian armies' arrival dug an underground tunnel/aqueduct that went straight into the city. This tunnel, known now as Hezekiah's Tunnel, was rediscovered in 1838 and has since been open to the public to walk through. For more details see here as well as numerous photos and information available through Google.

Sources: I've walked through it!

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