Ten things are said about Jerusalem:--(1.) No mortgaged house was
eventually alienated from its original owner (which was the case
elsewhere in Jewry). (2.) Jerusalem never had occasion to behead a
heifer by way of expiation for an unproved murder (see Deut. xxi. 1-9).
(3.) She never could be regarded as a repudiated city (Deut. xiii. 12,
etc.). (4.) No appearance of plagues in any house at Jerusalem rendered
the house unclean, because the words of Lev. xiv. 34, are "your
possession," an expression which could not apply to Jerusalem, as it had
never been portioned among the ten tribes. (5.) Projecting cornices and
balconies were not to be built in the city. (6.) Limekilns were not to
be erected there. (7.) No refuse heaps were allowed in any quarter. (8.)
No orchards or gardens were permitted, excepting certain flower-gardens,
which had been there from the times of the earlier prophets. (9.) No
cocks were reared in Jerusalem. (10.) No corpse ever remained over night
within its walls; the funeral had to take place on the day of the
THE TALMUD, _Bava Kama_, fol. 82, col. 2.