how is jerusalem understood in Jewish culture?
it's for a homework question it seems like an opinion question to me
- dandylLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
To answer you, Jerusalem is the most important city to the Jewish people.For three thousand years, Jews have been living in Jerusalem continuously for nearly two millennia. They have constituted the largest single group of inhabitants there since the 1840's (map of Jerusalem in 1912) .Jerusalem contains the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.Jerusalem has been the center of Jewish hope and longing. No other city has played such a dominant role in the history, culture, religion and consciousness of a people as has Jerusalem in the life of Jewry and Judaism. Throughout centuries of exile, Jerusalem remained alive in the hearts of Jews everywhere as the focal point of Jewish history, the symbol of ancient glory, spiritual fulfillment and modern renewal. This heart and soul of the Jewish people engenders the thought that if you want one simple word to symbolize all of Jewish history, that word would be 'Jerusalem.'”Ever since King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel more than 3,000 years ago, the city has played a central role in Jewish existence. The Western Wall in the Old City — the last remaining wall of the ancient Jewish Temple, the holiest site in Judaism — is the object of Jewish veneration and the focus of Jewish prayer. Three times a day, for thousands of years, Jews have prayed "To Jerusalem, thy city, shall we return with joy," and have repeated the Psalmist's oath: "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning."
Jerusalem "has known only two periods of true greatness, and these have been separated by 2,000 years. Greatness has only happened under Jewish rule," Leon and Jill Uris wrote in Jerusalem. "This is so because the Jews have loved her the most, and have remained constant in that love throughout the centuries of their dispersion....It is the longest, deepest love affair in history
- Anonymous1 decade ago
All the jewish culture is centered around Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is the holiest place in Judaism.
Jerusalem is more than a 1000 times mentioned in the Tanah( and not a single time in the Koran).
The jewish literature, Jewish tradition are centered around Jerusalem, too.
"Ba shana ha baa be Yerushalaim"- "Tne next year in Jerusalem" is the new year wish the Jews in other countries started and ended their New Year celebrations.
Jerusalem is the soul of the Jews.
That is why , when palestinians want the negotiations to fail (like, for example, the negotiations about the "palestinian state" which the palestinian leaders desperately do not want ), they move forward two conditions:
1. To make Jerusalem the capital of the "Palestinian Arab state";
2. To make Israel accept in her territory 5 millions of the Arab refugees.
Arabs know Israel will not accept these conditions - but they move them on.
Conclusion? They want the negotiations to fail.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
it is the center