“The houses that you have broken down to fortify the wall…”

Broad wall This past Friday I had another one of those "this is an amazing place" moments.

My wife and I have started working our way through the "A Walk Through Time" books which lead you on self-guided tours of Jerusalem not on the basis of geography, but on the basis of time — they have walks that go through the same neighborhood a number of times, but looking at different stuff.  First Temple period, Second Temple period, Byzantine, British, etc. 

Friday we did a First Temple period walk, which includes the "Broad Wall" in the Jewish Quarter.  The Broad Wall was part of the defenses of the city in the First Temple period.  It was substantially built up during the days of King Hezekiah, prior to the Assyrian invasion.  The prophet Isaiah, who prophecied during that era, chastises the king in Isaiah 22:10: "And you have counted the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses that you have broken down to fortify the wall."

And there at the site, you can see the remains of a foundation of a house right up against the wall — a house that was clearly destroyed to build the wall.  The remnants of the house are visible in the photo on the right side.

The evidence for what the prophet said 2,700 years ago — right in front of you.  Brings history alive like nothing else I can think of…

Reb Barry


Barry Leff

Rabbi Barry (Baruch) Leff is a dual Israeli-American business executive, teacher, speaker and writer who divides his time between Israel and the US.

One thought on ““The houses that you have broken down to fortify the wall…”

  • March 11, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Wow. That’s quite impressive..
    Interesting ‘walks’, by the way – I should borrow that book next time I’m in Israel!


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