Thursday, April 8, 2010

Jewish Spiritual Awakening? 600,000 Visit Kotel over Pesach

A record number of people, a vast majority of them Jews, visited the Kotel (Western Wall) plaza over the Pesach (Passover) holiday. According to the Kotel Heritage Fund and the Israel Police, more than 600,000 people from all Jewish streams – secular and religious, young and old – visited the ancient remnant of the outer wall that surrounded the Temple Mount.

Spiritual significance
The number 600,000 is considered to have spiritual significance in the Jewish faith, and is especially relevant to Pesach, in which the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt is marked. According to the Bible, this was the number of Jewish adult men who participated in the Exodus.

The Second Jewish Temple, which sat atop the Temple Mount, was sacked and destroyed by Roman legions in 70 CE
When Islam appeared on the scene in the 7th century, Muslims conquered Jerusalem and built mosques atop the Temple Mount.
Some Muslims now deny that the Jewish Temples ever existed
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