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The Old City of Jerusalem is sacred to three faiths. But in contrast to the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Muslim mosques Al Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock, throughout the first 62 years of the State of Israel, the Jews had no sky-puncturing iconic place of prayer. On May 27, 1948, Jordanian soldiers forced entry into the side of the 84-year old Hurva synagogue by detonating a 200-liter barrel of...