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1000 The Temple Mount
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1000 The Temple Mount

Synagogues Ahimaaz relates that Rabbi Samuel ben Paltiel (980-1010) gave money for oil at “the sanctuary at the Western Wall.” Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Wall#Middle_Ages_500.E2.80.931500

11th Century The Temple Mount
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11th Century The Temple Mount

11th Century 3,200 Years of Documented Presence of the Jewish People in the Land of Israel, Genesis 15:18-21 The Temple Mount An eleventh-century document found in the Geniza of the Ben Ezra Synagogue describes the circuit followed the pilgrims and the prayers they recited at each of the gates. Source: F.M. Loewenberg. Middle East Quarterly. […]

11th Century Jewish Temple
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11th Century Jewish Temple

11th Century Temple Mount Abu Bakr al-Wasiti, who preached at al-Aqsa in the early 11th century, also refers to various traditions related to the Temple’s Jewish past in his work in praise of Jerusalem. Source: http://www.the-american-interest.com/2011/03/01/king-solomons-vanishing-temple/

999 Compelled Jews to Wear Chain and Image of Calf/ Christians
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999 Compelled Jews to Wear Chain and Image of Calf/ Christians

Islamic Murder, Mayhem, and Mutilation The Fatimid Caliph El Hakim Compelled Jews to Wear Chain and Image of Calf/ Christians to Wear a 5 Pound Cross El Hakim ordered the Christians to wear a livery of black, and crosses of wood, five pounds in weight, eighteen inches wide, to use wooden saddles, to wear girdles; […]

995 A Jewish governor, appointed by the Vizer.
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995 A Jewish governor, appointed by the Vizer.

3,200 Years of Documented Presence of the Jewish People in the Land of Israel, Genesis 15:18-21 A Jewish governor, appointed by the Vizer, in Jerusalem had authority over Damascus, Aleppo, Tyre, Sidon, Jerusalem and Ramleh, where there were Jewish and Samaritan officials. Source: De Haas, Jacob; History of Palestine – The Last Two Thousand Years. […]

985 Jews in Jerusalem
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985 Jews in Jerusalem

3,200 Years of Documented Presence of the Jewish People in the Land of Israel, Genesis 15:18-21 Shams ad Din Abu Abd Allah Mohammed, who is known as Mukaddasi – ‘He who comes from the Holy Land’ wrote: “Still, Jerusalem has some disadvantages… learned men are few, and the Christians numerous, and the same are unmannerly […]

January 16th, 748 Earthquake
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January 16th, 748 Earthquake

Synagogues/ Schmitta According to Michael the Syrian, Tiberias was then completely destroyed, with the exception of the home of one man whose name was ‘Īsā. Thirty Jewish synagogues in the town were also laid waste and the Jewish bath-houses were also destroyed. According to Ibn Muqqaffa’, the quake took place on the 16th of January, […]

634 – 1099 Chronicle – Cairo Geniza
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634 – 1099 Chronicle – Cairo Geniza

Chronicle, a fragment of which is preserved in the Cairo Geniza, also confirms that it was ‘Umar who gave permission to the Jews to settle in Jerusalem and on the basis of his decision seventy Jewish families came from Tiberias and settled there. This was preceded by bargaining between the Jews and the patriarch, in […]

692 Islamic Anti Christian Inscriptions
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692 Islamic Anti Christian Inscriptions

Islamic Anti Christian Inscriptions on Dome of the Rock God did not have a Son and Jesus was only a Messenger of God The Arabic Islamic inscriptions on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem are perhaps among the most well known and well-studied inscriptions in the Western Literature. In this short article, we (e.g. […]

Minhagim, Venice, 1593, BM700.I818 1593, Fol. 73v – Purim.
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Minhagim, Venice, 1593, BM700.I818 1593, Fol. 73v – Purim.