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Did Jews Have Synagogues While the Temple Still Stood?

April 7 2015

Yes, writes Megan Sauter, but their role changed after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. The original synagogues seem to have been intended mainly for study, while post-Temple ones became centers of ritual and prayer, as changes in their construction attest:

All of the Second Temple-period synagogues lack the main architectural characteristic of later synagogues: the Torah shrine. Usually situated on the wall of the synagogue facing Jerusalem, the Torah shrine was the receptacle for the ark containing the Torah scrolls. It became the focus of the later synagogues.

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More about: ancient Judaism, History & Ideas, Judaism, Second Temple, Synagogue

Germany’s Bid to Keep Israel off the UN Security Council

March 21 2018

The Jewish state has never held a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council. For the first 50 years of its existence, it was denied membership in any of the UN’s regional groups, which control candidacies for these rotating seats. Then it was finally admitted to the Western European and Others Group, which promptly agreed to wait another twenty years before approving Jerusalem for a Security Council candidacy. Now, Benny Avni notes, Germany is poised to block action:

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More about: Germany, Israel & Zionism, Israeli-German relations, United Nations