Jerusalem: The Eye of the Needle Gate
The eye of the needle mentioned in the book of Matthew was one of several gates that provided passage through the city of Jerusalem's massive walls.
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Jews Pray on their Holiest Day of the Year at their Holiest Site in their Holiest City of the World
Jews at the Kotel on Yom Kippur (circa 1904) See analysis of the grafitti on the wall for dating this picture. This week Jews around the world will turn their attention to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. For many Jews in the Land of Israel over the centuries the day meant praying at the Western Wall, the remnant of King Herod's retaining wall of the Temple complex destroyed in 70 AD. Women at the Kotel The Turkish and British rulers of Jerusalem imposed restrictions on the Jewish…
The Everyday Life of Jews in Jerusalem's Old City 120 Years Ago
The oldest pictures of Jews at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City date from the 1850s, such as this photo taken by Mendel Diness. (With permission of Special Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University. 1859) Original caption: "A Bazaar in Jerusalem" (Credit: Keystone-Mast Collection, California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock, University of California, Riverside) In his 1871 travelogue, Travels around the World, former U.S. Secretary of State William Seward described the…
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