An idealized Jerusalem arose out of the ashes of the Temple's destruction and the city's ruins.
Biblical texts present Jerusalem as a concrete city and also begin to develop it as an abstract symbol.
Remembering Jerusalem permeates Jewish belief, thought, and practice in profound and powerful ways.
The newest holiday on the Jewish calendar celebrates the reunification of Israel's capital.
Our changing observance of the period between Passover and Shavuot reflects our sensitivity to the realities of our history.