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Where did the Jews pray after the Temple was destroyed?

by Rabbi Moshe Miller

  

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To answer briefly: in their hearts, which is where we always prayed. In fact the Temple Service did not include prayer. Those who were offering sacrifices did pray in the Temple area but prayer can be anywhere anytime for anybody. See for example Genesis 18:22 (Abraham stood - in prayer); Genesis 24:63 (Isaac went out to the field - to pray); Genesis 32:10 (Jacob prayed) etc. etc. These events all took place long before the Temple was built.

Those who were offering sacrifices did pray in the Temple area but prayer can be anywhere anytime for anybody
After the destruction of the Temple, Jews used to (and still do) pray the site of the Western Wall - the only remaining part of the Temple area. But this is not an absolute requirement. Today formal prayer takes place 3 times a day in synagogues and study-halls (yeshivot) around the world.


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Abraham
First Jew, and first of our three Patriarchs. Born into a pagan society in Mesepotamia in 1812 BCE, he discovered monethieism on his own. He was told by G-d to journey to the Land of Canaan where he and his wife Sarah would give birth to the Jewish People.
Jacob
Third of the three Patriarchs and father of the Twelve Tribes. Lived most his life in Canaan and died in Egypt in 1505 BCE. Also known by the name of "Israel."
Western Wall
The western wall of the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem. "The Divine Presence never left the Western Wall," and to this day, the Wall remains a holy shrine and a place for prayer.
Isaac
Second of the three Jewish Patriarchs, son of Abraham and Sarah. Lived in Canaan (Israel); b. 1712 BCE, d. 1532 BCE.
Genesis
The first book of the Five Books of Moses. It records the story of Creation and its aftermath, and chronicles the lives of the Patriarchs.
Temple
1. Usually a reference to the Holy Temple which was/will be situated in Jerusalem. 1st Temple was built in 825 BCE and was destroyed in 423 BCE. The 2nd Temple was built in 350 BCE and was destroyed in 70 CE. The 3rd Temple will be built by the Messiah. 2. A synagogue.