Destruction of the First Holy Temple

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The tale of Solomon's Temple, Israel's glory, and its eventual debasement. The prophets went unheeded, and the result was a destroyed nation and a burnt house of G-d.
If a river is polluted, do you start by washing off the beaches, or do you plug up the sources that are pouring in all the toxic waste?
In the times of the First Temple lived very lofty souls. It was their thirst for spiritual ecstasy that led them to worship foreign gods. Thousands of years later, the holy Ari taught, in the 500 years of forced conversions from the Crusades until the Spa...
The First Temple’s destruction in the year 3338 (from creation) and the Babylonian exile until the construction of the Second Temple in year 3408.
423 BCE
After nearly a month of fierce fighting inside Jerusalem (see "Today in Jewish History" for Tammuz 9), the armies of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia broke through into the Temple compound, where they feasted and vandalized until the afternoon of Av 9, wh...
a historical background
A historical perspective on the events that led up to the destruction of the Holy Temple
A biblical history of the Jews
Concluding our lessons on the Jewish kings, this lesson covers the last kings of Judah from the reign of Hezekiah until the final king, Zedekiah, in whose time the First Temple was destroyed.
By the Grace of G‑d 8th of Menachem Av, 5724 [July 17, 1964] Brooklyn, New York Greeting and Blessing: As we are now commemorating the sad events which led to the Destruction of the Beth Hamikdash and the beginning of the present Exile, it should be remem...
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