This Day in Jewish History 407 BCE: Jews in Ancient Egypt Plead to Rebuild Their Temple

The ancient Nilotes could thank the Persians for confining the sacrifice of sacred lambs to Jerusalem.

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On November 25, 407 B.C.E., Yedaniah ben Gemaria, the leader of the Jewish community of Elephantine Island, in Upper Egypt, wrote to the governor of Judea requesting permission to rebuild the his community’s...