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Rome and Jerusalem

  • n tisha b’Av we fast and mourn the loss of two Temples. Regarding the second Temple, what do we actually know of the circumstances that led to its destruction?
  • In particular, what were Jewish attitudes towards their Roman overlords?
  • How did Romans look at their Jewish subjects?
  • What sparked off the Jewish revolt against Rome?
  • What role did internal Roman politics play in the destruction of Jerusalem?
  • Did Titus really want to destroy the Temple?

Drawing upon both classical Jewish sources and archaeology, Rabbi Forta will examine these and other intriguing issues in his power-point presentation, ‘Rome and Jerusalem’; a tale of two cultures.