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Jerusalem Uninhabited?

Two thousand years beforehand, they may not have said this text. Rambam's text, for example, does not have it, nor do Seder Rav Amram Gaon (ed. Harpenes: Seder Tisha B'av), or Seder Rav Sa'adya Gaon, ...
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How does the Motza Temple fit into our tradition?

From what I've gathered so far, researchers seem to agree that this temple was built prior to the religious reforms enacted by Kings Chizkiyahu and Yoshiyahu1. On-site, the altar and other cultish/...
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Why does ולירושלים start with a Vav?

Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro says based on what he heard in the name of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, based on the Gemara in Megila, that the Vav here shows us that it is in the honor of the righteous people that ...
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Where was Maaeser Sheni brought before the beit hamikdash was built?

The Mishna, Z'vachim 14:6, q.v., says maaser sheni was brought to the mishkan at Shilo. The commentaries to 14:7 indicate that when the mishkan was in Nov, and when it was in Giv'on, maaser sheni was ...
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What is the purpose of the mezuzah on the entrance to Sha'ar Tziyon?

Rambam Mezuza 6,8 אחד שערי חצרות ואחד שערי מבואות ואחד שערי מדינות ועיירות הכל חייבים במזוזה שהרי הבתים החייבין במזוזה פתוחין לתוכן Gates of courtyards, cul de sacs, countries and cities need a ...
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Where in parshas Vayishlach is Jerusalem hinted to?

In Parashat va-Yishlach (Bereshit 35:1) it says: ויאמר אלהים אל-יעקב, קום עלה בית-אל ושב-שם; ועשה-שם מזבח -- לאל הנראה אליך, בברחך מפני עשו אחיך. And God said unto Jacob: 'Arise, go up to Beth-el, ...
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Information about the Belz yeshiva in Jerusalem

It's called Torah v'emunah and is located in Zichron Moshe. On Moshe Khagiz St. A block from Mayanot, the Chabad place. I believe it's primarily Hebrew language but there's a chaburah in English. ...
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Does the metaphor of righteous men as Jerusalem's walls appear anywhere in the Torah?

Perhaps you were listening to the song "*Shomrei hafkid l'ircha kol hayom v'kol halaila" which in turn is inspired by the verse in Isaiah 62:6-7 "Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen, Who ...
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Why is the name Yerushalayim in the reverse order?

The Peirush Yafeh Toar to Bereishis Rabbah 56:10 says that the reason is because Avraham Avinu was a greater Tzadik, so the name he gave (Yireh), takes precedence: ואף על פי ששם שלם קודם ליראה מכל ...
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The holiness of Jerusalem

Wikipedia answers your question Jerusalem appears in the Hebrew Bible 669 times [...] For example, the book of Psalms, which has been frequently recited and memorized by Jews for centuries, ...
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Recommendation for Temple archeological tour

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation offers the very popular Western Wall Tunnels Tour, which takes tourists under Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter, along the length of the western retaining wall of Herod's ...
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Why do Ashkenazim in Israel tend to use Nusach Sefard?

Some comments on the question have disputed whether you're right that an inordinate number of Ashkenazic synagogues in Israel use nusach "S'farad". I haven't seen statistics on point, but my limited ...
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What Talmudic disputes took place in Jerusalem?

Presumably the argument between Rabbi Zechariah ben Avkulas and the other sages over what to do with Bar Kamtza's korban. It sounds like they were arguing right there in the Mikdash.
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Berachot for visiting Israel?

As mentioned in the comments above the bracha of "Barukh Ata Hashem Elokeinu Melekh Haolam Sheasa et Hayam Hagadol" when seeing the ocean for the first time in 30 days is relevant. In addition highly ...
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והוא ידרוש לציון עיר ה...‏

BS"D There is a nussach of עיר המשובחה that I actually grew up with from my father z"l who received it from his grandfather. I searched for many years to find the source and came upon the ...
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Eiruv in Jerusalem

The Badatz Eruv is quite smaller that the Rabbanut Eruv in the link provided by mbloch, primarly serving chareidi areas. VERY general boundries/areas in the Badatz eruv: (Counter-clockwise) Ramot, ...
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If visiting the kosel before a joyous event, does one tear kriyah?

I think the answer is written in an actual verse: Psalms 137, 5-6 אם-אשכחך ירושלים-- תשכח ימיני. תדבק-לשוני, לחיכי-- אם-לא אזכרכי: אם-לא אעלה, את-ירושלים-- על, ראש שמחתי 137:5 If I ...
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Why does ולירושלים start with a Vav?

Partial answer: In a study including dozens of early manuscripts of Shemonah Esrei, which appeared in Hakirah, Heshy Zelcer noted that the first appearance of this extra Vav appeared in the Siddur R. ...
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Tradition-Based Depictions of the Third Temple

This isn't much. Basically showing what the book is about. But is well worth the purchase. The Messianic Temple by Chaim Clorfene.
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Who laid the megalithic foundation stones under the wailing wall?

The Western Wall in its entirety was built by King Herod. And yes the stones are quite impressive. This is one of the wonders of the ancient world (I think Josephus calls it that). The top half of the ...
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Who originally conquered Jerusalem?

Shoftim 1:8 says that they set the city on fire. However Shoftim 1:9 says that after setting it on fire, they left the city to fight the other Canaanites. They did not actually take it over. And ...
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The size of Jerusalem in the future (Bava Batra 75b)

Whenever I struggle with a tosafos I take a look on the daf yomi website here It writes about the said tosafos as follows: TOSFOS DH TAFAF GINA'OS תוספות ד"ה טפף גינאות (SUMMARY: Tosfos explains ...
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The Shamir vs Bronze/Flint tools

The pshat seems to be like Rabbi Nehemia: אָמַר לוֹ רַבִּי נְחֶמְיָה וְכִי אֶפְשָׁר לוֹמַר כֵּן וַהֲלֹא כְּבָר נֶאֱמַר כׇּל אֵלֶּה אֲבָנִים יְקָרֹת וְגוֹ׳ מְגֹרָרוֹת בַּמְּגֵרָה אִם כֵּן מָה ...
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Weapons in the Beis Hamikdash

1] There are several passages in Nakh that indicate that weapons were indeed present in the Miqdash. 2 Kings 11:10 ויתן הכהן לשרי המאיות [המאות] את החנית ואת השלטים אשר למלך דוד אשר בבית ה And the ...
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Is it still galut even though a lot of Jews are in Israel

The Gemara in Shabbos 21a says: The only difference between this world and the messianic era is subjugation of the exiles to other kingdoms, from which the Jewish people will be released. The Satmar ...
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What is the halachic boundary of modern day Jerusalem in regards to Purim

The peninei halacha (zmanim 17:2) says: אמרו חכמים (מגילה ג, ב): "כרך וכל הסמוך לו וכל הנראה עמו נידון ככרך". לפיכך, לא רק במקום ירושלים העתיקה עושים את הפורים בט"ו אלא אף בכל השכונות ...
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Does Ezekiel 16:3-6 say that Jerusalem was a ravaged Canaanite/Amorite/Hittite city and that it and its inhabitants were adopted into Israel?

It would seem so - we know that historically, prior to David's conquest of the city, Yerushalayim was controlled at times by the Hittites and the Amorites. In Yehoshua 10:5 it says: "The five ...
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Does Ezekiel 16:3-6 say that Jerusalem was a ravaged Canaanite/Amorite/Hittite city and that it and its inhabitants were adopted into Israel?

No -- the text is understood to be a reference to the Jewish people, the residents of Jerusalem, as is made clear in the Targum Yonatan: וְתֵימַר כִּדְנַן אֲמַר יְיָ אֱלֹהִים לְיָתְבֵי יְרוּשְׁלֵם ...
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The butterfly effect in Judaism

If Esav hadn't gone out and vigorously worshipped idols, murderded a man, and commited adultery on the day of his grandfather Abraham's funeral, then he wouldn't have been famished enough to sell his ...
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The butterfly effect in Judaism

There are midrashim (I learned this through a series by Rabbi David Fohrman) which suggest that Sarah's harsh treatment of Hagar (though Hagar fully deserved it) led to the Jewish people being ...
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