Walter Brueggemann compared the destruction of the Temple to 9/11 for his students. I think that the destruction of the Temple was much worse for the Jews at the time. The whole religion was based on the Temple and the sacrifices, but the Temple was destroyed and the sacrifices could not be carried out. Jews had to rebuild their whole religion. Modern Judaism is a rabbinic religion. Prayer, good deeds and study replaced the sacrifices. One of the purposes of Jewish law was to sanctify everyday life. The home became a portable Temple. Judaism would have died out otherwise and the Jewish people would have disappeared.
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