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This connection is still very much alive and well in contemporary Jewish practice: Jewish Historical Connection to Jerusalem The early history of Jerusalem is also rooted in the Bible.In addition to the events already mentioned, the Book of Joshua (ch.It stood for 420 years on the same site as the First Temple, on Mount Moriah.The Second Temple was remodeled several times, but reached its most magnificent form during the reign of King Herod the Great (37-4 BCE). The Second Temple period ended with the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE.During both the First and Second Temple periods, the Temple was the central focus of the Jewish world both in Israel and the diaspora. The Kohanim (priests) and Levites served in the Temple, and three times a year ― during the holidays of Passover, Sukkot and Shavuot ― all Jews were commanded to come to Jerusalem and visit the Temple.
Indeed, the last Camp David Summit floundered over Arafat's uncompromising position on the issue of controlling the site.Solomon's Temple is also known as the first Beit Ha Mikdash (the First Temple).While all archaeologists agree that it stood on Mount Moriah, probably on the site of the present Gold Dome of the Rock, its exact location is unknown.The Jews of Israel are currently locked into a conflict with their Palestinian Arab neighbors.While the media bombards us with constant reports of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, there is no doubt that the epicenter of the conflict lies in Jerusalem and more specifically on the Temple Mount in the Old City.