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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jewish Rights to Har HaBayit, The Temple Mount in The New York Times

One of my dreams, plans is to go to the הר הבית Har HaBayit, The Temple Mount to pray.  So far, I haven't been up at all.  I have a neighbor who organizes women's groups and goes up every few weeks.  I must join her.  I somehow missed out during shloshim (the first thirty days of mourning) for my mother.  I really should have done it then.  The general custom is for everyone to walk around the permitted (by Jewish Law*) section of Har HaBayit  to the right, but mourners in the first thirty days walk to the left.  People greet them by reciting the traditional Jewish saying to comfort the mourners.

My husband has been among the growing group of Jews who do go up for the past forty three years, ever since Menachem Ben Yashar of Masu'ot Yitzchak came to visit us when we were literally recently off the boat. (We made aliyah by boat in 1970.)

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Until very recently, few Jews even attempted to enter Har Habayit as Jews.  If a Jew looks like he or she is praying, the police will escort you off.  This is an awful, antisemitic policy.  The New York Times has a relative objective little film report about it, in that it allows both sides to speak.
JERUSALEM — Ten Jewish men were removed from the Temple Mount on Monday morning and questioned by the police after they unfurled an Israeli flag, sang the national anthem and danced at the holy site, according to Israeli authorities.
You don't have to have a doctorate in ancient history to know that Har Habayit was where the Jewish People had its two Holy Temples long before there even was an Islam.  It's all written in the Bible that the Jewish King Solomon built the First Temple three thousand years ago.  That's the same Bible even Christians use to swear on in the courts of most western countries.  That means that they recognize the truth in it. Christianity and Islam were both established much, much later in order to supplant Judaism.
In fact, because Christianity developed out of Judaism, and Islam grew out of both, similarities and allusions are also the markers of great differences. Each religion aggressively reinterpreted its predecessors, accepting its sacred texts but radically altering their implications and meanings. And each predecessor religion, in turn, opposed attempts to treat it as a prelude to something greater. 

These are not subtle disputes, and the consequences were far from ecumenical, particularly when successor religions sought to spread their beliefs through conquest and conversion. And while the three share many traits — these are not primarily meditative or contemplative religions, after all, and they are indeed historical faiths, concerned with action, even with mission — their commonalities also lead to profound contrasts. For two millenniums, Judaism, tied to a particular people, was the least outwardly directed, but all three religions saw themselves as shaping world history. Each one also imagined a distinctive role for believers within it. And here the three are quite diverse indeed. 

This is, of course, beyond the scope of this show... (complete article)
I have no doubt that this awful, indefensible discrimination against Jews can be stopped only if the Jewish People demand it.

*The Temple Mount as it is today includes areas of various levels of kedusha holiness.  Some are considered too holy for us to tread, and the purification process can't be done at this time.


10rainbow said...

again batya, rav kadouri's writings have been misconstrued to suit their agenda.


why i dont understand is why jews are silent on this. they are not only reaching to non jews but also to jews themselves with their sly innuendos.

Shy Guy said...

Rainbow, The Kaduri note is a sham.

Lying for their dead pagan mangod deity. Color me surprised.

Batya said...

I'm not a Rav Kaduri fan.