Do Jews interpret the destruction of the second temple as an act of judgment (as the destruction of the first temple was explained)?:

What is the explanation for the destruction of the First Temple?

Is the explanation likewise documented?


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The same piece of Talmud (Yoma 9b) quoted as the top-voted answer to the linked question regarding the first temple, records that the second temple was destroyed as a punishment for sinat hinam (gratuitous hatred between the Jews of the time).

  • Just wondering, are there any other opinions in the Talmud concerning why the Second Temple was destroyed? It seems the most "widespread" reason is for baseless hatred, but are there other reasons?
    – ezra
    Commented Apr 22, 2018 at 20:11
  • There is also the story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza in Gittin 55b. It’s a little complicated to parse the precise message that the gemara is trying to teach with that story. Is it just an example of sinat hinam, or also a commentary on the rabbinic leadership of the time ? Or something else?
    – Joel K
    Commented Apr 22, 2018 at 20:13
  • @ezra There are dozens of other options.
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 22, 2018 at 20:20
  • @DoubleAA You tell me there are dozens of other options, yet you bring none of them here. Care to cite a few?
    – ezra
    Commented Apr 23, 2018 at 2:46
  • @ezra see dupe (which I did bring here, just slightly higher on the page
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 23, 2018 at 2:51

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