Another very long daf with the stories about the destruction of the Second Temple. Encountering some of the personalities of that era… During the time described, there was a serious famine, which is important backdrop. Also, Rabbi Tzadok fasted for a very long time in his prayer for the salvation of Jerusalem. Which brings us to the story of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai, and how he fundamentally saved Judaism being destroyed along with the Temple. Note the conflict among the Jews – Zealots and the main faction – including, in opposition to Rome. And what happens to the Roman leadership at this time, especially after Titus’ disgusting behavior in the Holy of Holies.
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