Sephardic Synagogue in Jerusalem - Yochanan ben Zakai

Sephardic Synagogue in Jerusalem - Yochanan ben Zakai
Johanan Ben Zakai Synagogue in Jerusalem Also known as ‘Kahal Kadosh Gadol’, the Johanan ben Zakai Synagogue is said to stand where once stood the school and Torah study center of the Talmudic Rabbi Rabban Johanan Ben Zakai. There are 2 Torah Arks in the synagogue; some say that this was because the Ottoman rule forced the synagogue to include a Koran in the Ark, while others contend it commemorates the two arks that the Israelites carried through the Sinai Desert to the Promised Land. The truth seems to be that this is just a copy of the Ramban Synagogue which has two Holy Arks so that an Ark can be seen from every angle of the columned room. Between the Arks are the ‘Tablets of Stone’ with the Ten Commandments, which were brought from a synagogue in Italy and on the southern wall are a Shofar and an Oil ewer (restored) which are meant to be used by the Messiah in the end of days of salvation. 
The synagogue is used to this day as the traditional place for the coronation of the Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel. 

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