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What items were hidden before the destruction of the first Temple?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart

  

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Before the destruction of the First Temple, five things were hidden in a catacomb under the foundation stone (evven shetiyah): The Ark of Testimony, the Tablets of the Ten Commandments, Aaron's staff, the anointing oil, and the jar of manna.1

Whilst we know that these items were hidden, we don’t know the exact location of this catacomb.

Footnotes

  • 1. R. Yaakov Culi's Yalkut Me'm Loez

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Aaron
Brother of Moses. First High Priest of Israel and progenitor of all Kohanim (priests) until this very day. Died in the year 1272 b.c.e.
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.