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Saying the Hard Stuff
When we speak of The Temple, we speak of the place in Jerusalem that was the center of Jewish worship from the time of Solomon to its destruction by the Romans in 70 . This was the one and only place where sacrifices and certain other religious rituals were performed. It was partially destroyed at the time of the Babylonian Exile and rebuilt. The rebuilt temple was known as the Second Temple. The famous "Wailing Wall" (known to Jews as the Western Wall or in Hebrew, the Kotel) is the remains of the western retaining wall of the hill that the Temple was built on. It is as close to the site of the original Sanctuary as Jews can go today. You can see a live picture of the Kotel and learn about it at KotelCam . The Temple was located on a platform above and behind this wall.
This part will require careful outlining. To best organize the body of your essay, first draft out a “mind map” in another piece of paper. Write your topic in the center, then branch out circles of categories regarding your topic. For instance, let’s say you’re writing about death. Among your categories could be “grief process” and “coping mechanisms.” Brainstorm ideas and write them down under whichever category they belong. These categories will form organized groups of your thoughts and reactions, and will help you determine what to write in which paragraph. Construct 3-5 paragraphs each focusing on a main point, arranged in the way you’d like your readers to experience what you have to share.