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Jerusalem: Facts and Figures

Jerusalem: Facts and Figures

Everything you need to know about Israel’s capital.

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Jerusalem: Facts and Figures

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April 18, 2015

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(11) Jewish Mom, May 14, 2018 5:05 AM

Ki MiTzion Teitzei Torah - the Torah will emanate from Zion

"Ki MiTzion Teitzei Torah - the Torah will emanate from Zion" Zion = Jerusalem
This infographic is missing the main thing! Besides for the Second Temple, Jerusalem was the seat of the Sanhedrin - the main court of Jewish Law. Its yeshivas and houses of Torah and prayer are much more significant statistics than Hebrew U and Nobel prizes!! How man yeshivas? How many students of Torah? How many shuls and Batei Medrash? THOSE are the facts and figures that are the essence of Jerusalem. Secular knowledge has its place in this world, but it is not characteristic of Jerusalem whose outstanding quality is its spiritual essence - its Torah. I'm far prouder of Mir and Porat Yosef, of the awe-inspiring Churva synagogue destroyed by the Jordanian Legions and now rebuilt, the Nissan Beck synagogue also destroyed at that time and hopefully will soon be rebuilt... You obviously can't highlight every one of those landmarks, but any one of them would be far more iconic of Jerusalem and representative of its soul than Hebrew U, Nobel prizes notwithstanding. You mention that the two original names of Jerusalem - Yeru and Shalem mean vision of peace. An additional meaning of Shalem is wholeness, completeness. That wholeness comes from the Torah - the source of perfection. Toras Hashem Temimah.

Jerusalem Dad, May 14, 2018 6:05 PM

Spot on!

Ditto for marathon runners, bike trail, high tech companies... these are NOT what make Jerusalem special. We're not just another city that's famous for its marathons like Boston, New York and Tokyo. Our flagship accomplishment in Jerusalem is not being the Silicon Valley of the Middle East. And certainly not that we have a long bike path. None of this represents what's special about Jerusalem and actually misrepresents what should be pointed out above all. Its uniqueness is that it's the spiritual nerve center of the world and that can't be duplicated anywhere else. Every fine Jewish value emanates from our spiritual core - Jerusalem!

(10) Baruch, December 14, 2016 8:12 PM


the first neighborhood built outside Jerusalem's Old City Walls is called Mishkenot Sha'ananim (Sir Moses Montefiore) 1860, that's right.

(9) Brad Seruya, May 15, 2015 1:56 PM

I love the idea of the time line in a non written way. It's very easy to use and understand. Great job!

(8) carol, April 28, 2015 9:37 PM

loved the history of Israel!

loved the history of Israel!

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