I am a Jew. Now What?

Ellen Brazer's Blog


Chapter 4

What really happened in that desert?

Now that we have had an introduction to Torah, it is time to find out what happened when the Jews were wandering in the Sinai Desert. It will also include a discussion about the Oral (Spoken) Torah.

King Solomon built the First Temple in 827BCE (that date is controversial). It stood for four hundred and ten years. Construction on the Second Temple began seventy years after the destruction of the First Temple. The Second Temple stood for four hundred and twenty years. Think about that for a moment. The Temples were the center of Jewish life for over eight hundred years!

Both the First and the Second Temples were destroyed five hundred years apart on the exact same day: the ninth of Av. I promise, I will not be throwing dates at you when I can avoid it: I remember too…

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