Monday, October 22, 2007

Body and Soul


From YNet News:

The Waqf's director-general Adnan al-Husseini said his decision to shun the committee's invitation [to compile a report about the Wakf's illegal excavations on the Temple Mount] was dictated by the Waqf's year-long policy. "The Waqf does not acknowledge Israel's authority in Jerusalem or the Temple Mount…the Waqf boycotts Israeli politicians all the time."

Al-Husseini stressed that he did not intend to attend any formal meeting on the issue of the Temple Mount dig. "This is an Islamic issue that the Muslims should decide upon."


Al-Husseini implies that Jews have no business about what Islamic authorities decide to do with the Temple Mount an 'Islamic holy site'. In the past few months, the Islamic wakf has been carrying out unauthorized excavations on the Temple Mount and even went so far as to intentionally destroy an uncovered wall dating from the First Temple period. Israeli archaeologists have discovered that Wakf officials have been dumping priceless ancient articles such as the bells that the priests wore in the Kidron valley. Jerusalem District Archaeologist Yuval Baruch uncovered fragments of ceramic table wares, animal bones, and more. The finds date from the 8th to 6th centuries BCE; the First Temple existed between the 9th and 5th centuries BCE, having been built by King Solomon in 832 and destroyed in 422 BCE. The finds include fragments of bowl rims, bases and body sherds, the base of a juglet used for the ladling of oil, the handle of a small juglet, and the rim of a storage jar. The bowl sherds were decorated with wheel burnishing lines characteristic of the First Temple Period.

It has been standard policy for the past few decades of Wakf and Palestinian officials to deny that there ever even was a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. To support their ridiculous claim, they have been destroying proof of the Temple. By doing this, they are able to tell the world that the Jews are colonialist invaders and that the "Palestinians" are the true indigenous people. The Midrash long ago said "Eretz Yisrael is the navel of the world, and Jerusalem is its center, and the Beit HaMikdash is at the center of Jerusalem, and the Holy of Holies is at its center, and the Holy Ark is at the center of the Holy of holies, and in front of it is the Foundation Stone on which the world was founded." It is truely the heart and soul of our nation. Three times a day, we face Jerusalem in prayer and beseech Hashem 'that our eyes may behold Your return to Zion in mercy'. For 2000 years, we ended our Passover Seders, Yom Kippur fasts and Sukkot celebrations with the words 'Next Year in Jerusalem!'. Just as Catholicism is focused in Rome and Islam is centred in Mecca, Jerusalem is the soul of Israel. Without it, we are a body without spirit.

Jerusalem is never mentionned in the Qur'an while it is mentionned over 800 times in the Jewish Bible. The Islamic connection to Jerusalem revoles around a singular verse which some interpret to refer to Jerusalem. 'Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things)'. (17:001). The 'Farthest Mosque' in Arabic is al-aksa, hence the name of the current Muslim abomination sitting on the Mount. However, during the 7th century when Muhammad supposedly was transported to Jerusalem, there was no mosque on the Mount since Islam had not yet conquered Jerusalem. The only reason why the Temple Mount has become important in Islam is religious imperialism, to deny Jews legitimacy and rights over their most sacred site. It is in this sense that Avraham Avinu (read Parshat Lech-Lecha for proof that Avraham was most definitely a Jew) is called a Muslim in the Qur'an or why Muslims converted one of the greatest churches in Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the Hagia Sophia, into a mosque.

The true vilains are the Israeli government, corrupt collaborators with the vile Wakf. On the orders of the government, Jews suffer discrimination on the Mount. Jews must obtain special permission to ascend and religious articles are confiscated. A request to build a synagogue on the Mount was rejected while a proposal by the king of Jordan to build a new minaret, which symbolize Islamic supremacy, was accepted. Our ancestors, weeping over their exile by the rivers of Babylon, vowed "if I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither, let my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy." (Psalm 137: 5-7) and now the Israeli government is gladly turning over our most sacred site, our birthright.

I'll end on a positive note, with the first Priestly Blessing being recited on the Mount since the beginning of the exile over 2000 years ago.
From Arutz-7:

A historic first: Last week, during a special visit to the Temple Mount, the Priestly Blessing (Numbers 6:24-26) was recited there, for arguably the first time since the 1st-century destruction of the Second Temple.

The Blessing is recited daily in synagogues in Israel by descendants of Aaron the Priest, but only on festivals in most synagogues in the Diaspora. During the Priestly Blessing, the "Kohanim" raise their hands.

The special visit was held to commemorate the 842nd anniversary of Maimonides's famous visit to the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site. A group of some 25 Jews, organized by the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, marked the special day with a commemorative visit. Giving extra-special meaning to the occasion was a spontaneous Priestly Blessing delivered to the group by Yehuda Katz, the lead singer of the Reva L'Sheva band, and Eliezer Breuer, originally of the former Soviet Union and now from Kiryat Arba.

Rabbi Chaim Richman, one of the organizers of the trip, said, "This was probably the first time since the destruction of the Temple [1,937 years ago] that the Priestly Blessing was delivered on our holiest site. At times like these, when there is talk of giving away our precious places, and when despair is sometimes in the air, events of this nature serve to remind us that G-d has not forgotten about us, and that He still has big plans for both us and the Holy Temple - and that the Temple will yet become the focal point of the world once again."


Cross-posted to Goat's Barnyard

13 comments:

courtney said...

Wow. What a great post. I learn something every time I swing by. Thanks for hosting a cool place to hang and wise up.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Al-Husseini implies that Jews have no business about what Islamic authorities decide to do with the Temple Mount an 'Islamic holy site'. ...pfffttt!..what liars and thugs...Carry on Bar!..what a light u are!

Yehudi01 said...

Bar, would we go down in the annals of Jewish history as super-heroes if we concocted a plan and successfully destroyed the Al-Aksa mosque on the Temple Mount? I have laid awake at night many times trying to formulate a plan...I'd love to be the guy that pulls it off.

The Hermit said...

There are a lot of Southern Baptists who would be supportive of getting rid of the Al-Aksa because they believe Jesus can't come again until the Jews rebuild their temple, and the temple can't be rebuilt until the mosque is removed. This is all a bit tenuous for me. I just figure the Israelis captured the city in 1967, so they should call the shots. Doubtless if the mosque went, the rest of the world would condemn Israel for it, but so what? The rest of the world isn't exactly in your corner anyway. It's your country, your city, and your business.

Brooke said...

i'm a Southern Baptist, and I figure that when the Lord tires of the filthy mosque, He'll get rid of it!

The Hermit said...

Just about everybody I know here feels that way Brooke. Some of them would like to give G-d a helping hand in the business. Appalachia is the land of Holy Rollers, Snake Dancers and Speakers in tongues. The more adamant people are in their beliefs, the more apt they are to take a hand in shaping events. I think the South is certainly the most supportive of Israel of any part of the United States. And of course, some of us, myself included, have very good reasons for not liking Moslems.

Bar Kochba said...

I personally wouldn't object to the mosque IF (which is very doubtful) the Arabs would allow the Jews to pray up on the Mount without rioting and murdering. Islam believes in one G-d so Islamic prayer isn't offensive. Islamic supremacism on the Mount, in the form of minarets and unauthorized digs, has got to spot.

Bar Kochba said...

*** I meant got to go. I don't know what 'got to spot' means.

The Frank Family said...

"Islam believes in one G-d so Islamic prayer isn't offensive."

Your support of clear idolaters who would kill you and cheer and your attack of Jews who also believe in Jesus and support you as a brother and would fight by your side will never cease to amaze me.

Karin said...

G-d help us all!

Bar Kochba said...
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Bar Kochba said...

I stand with Christians as well as Hindus, Buddhists, Zoroastrians and anyone else who is fighting against Islamic fascism. This site is dedicated to fighting Islamic supremacism in Israel and abroad and it extends to Islamci supremacism over Christians too.
Muslims aren't idolaters though. Islam is more monotheistic than Christianity. That doesn't change the fact that Muslims want to kill us while Christians don't just speaking religiously. Islam is not idolatry while many rabbis are of the opinion that Christianity is. The strict ruling is that Jews may enter a mosque but not a church. Again though, I gladly and proudly stand with Christians fighting Islamic fundamentalism.

ZionistYoungster said...

Yehudi01,

It is clear that blowing up that cow-udder would lead to war of us against the whole Islamic world. That in itself is not the biggest problem; the problem is that we do not have the leadership required for such a confrontation. Our current leadership failed us in Lebanon; no way it could handle a gathering of all the nations upon us a la Gog u-Magog.

The Frank Family,

Islam is not idolatry according to the Orthodox Jewish view. They believe in a single deity. However, Islam is a heresy according to the Orthodox Jewish view, because they have the wrong idea about the deity, derived from the Koran, a book having no holiness whatever.

We believe God gave half the world to the Muslims as fulfillment of His promise to Abraham regarding his son Ishmael, and half the world to the Christians because they believe in the Torah.

The mosque will go one day. It cannot be otherwise, for HaShem will not leave His Temple in ruins forever. May it be rebuilt soon, amen!