Ben is located at the top of the Aish HaTorah World Center for this show. He has the Western Wall in his background, and the Temple Mount behind the Western Wall, in the top left of his background. This is the holiest site of the Jewish people, where two Temples stood, each for more than 400 years. But that was around 2,000 years ago. So, why is Jerusalem still so important to the Jewish people today?
Jerusalem – The Heart of the Jewish People
Jerusalem is known to be the center of the consciousness of the Jewish people. But how did this come about? How did the Jewish people maintain this state of mind for two thousand years while in the Diaspora? The answer is via a lot of things. The Jewish people never let Jerusalem leave their consciousness. At all times, they prayed towards Jerusalem – three times a day. At every satiating meal, they prayed to return and rebuild Jerusalem. At every wedding ceremony, they made it a point to stop and remember the ultimate goal – to rebuild Jerusalem. At every Passover Seder, the climax at the end of the evening is a song that expresses the yearning to return and rebuild Jerusalem. Basically, there is no time in the day or life of a Jew when Jerusalem is not at the center of their mindset.
That is how for more than 2,000 years, the Jewish people have maintained such a deep and unbreakable connection with the Temple Mount of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem was occupied for centuries, but the Jewish people always continued to come in small groups to live and be buried in the Holyland. Today, the Jewish people thrive in a modern metropolis and look forward to the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.