Orthodox Judaism/Regarding Abraham

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Hi,

Did Abraham ever visited Mecca to build the "Kabah" according to Jewish sources? When Mohammed made this claim, Jews living in Medina apparently did not seem to have any objections.  The polytheists Mecca believed the same. Is there any jewish sources that indicate the same story.

Also I would like to know why Jews settled in Medina in large numbers before Mohammed. Why did they emigrate from Israel. Is there any historical record for the same?

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Hi Amtry

There are no Jewish sources that corroborate this story, as far as I am aware.

Jews left Israel when the occupying forces of the Romans invaded Israel and destroyed the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. From that time until today, Jews have often been chased from their homes and have migrated to other cities in foreign countries.

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Rabbi Shishler

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I am a rabbi who loves teaching, through writing and speaking. In 1999, my wife and I started our own Chabad House and it's grown exponentially. I'm also the learning director at Chabad House of Johannesburg, a high school teacher and the father of young children. As you can imagine, I get to answer lots of questions every day. I'd be glad to answer your questions on Judaism, Jewish spirituality and practice.

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I have been a practicing Orthodox rabbi since 1997 and have headed my own community since 1999. I teach Talmud at a religious high school in Johannesburg and give daily lectures to adults on Jewish practice, spiritualty, Chassidic philosophy and Kabbalah. I'm the campus rabbi at our two major universities in Johannesburg.

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Monthly column in Jewish Life magazine, South Africa. Jewish Tradition, South Africa. Jewish Report, South Africa. South African Union of Jewish Students annual Holiday guide. Jewish Observer, South Africa. Nshei Chabad Newsletter, NY. Jewish Online Magazine. www.chabad.org

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After completing high scool, I spent six years studying in Rabbinical seminaries in South Africa, Israel and New York.

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