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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Why Arabs Turn to Terror? Follow The Money

This is also posted on Israel Blogger

Academics, ideologues, political theorists, philosophers, sociologists etc. love to invent all sorts of benign and anti-Israel reasons for the Arab terrorism here. But there's a very simple reason, if you'd only "Follow The Money."  It's no secret, and The Palestinian Media Watch's latest update should make it clear there's something to worry about.  
PMW exclusive: Huge increase in PA terror funding in 2017


Yes, unfortunately, for many Arabs under Fatah and Hamas rule, it literally pays and pays well to be a terrorist. And for some of those who have Israeli citizenship or live in Jerusalem, especially those whose education was part of the Jordanian or PA Curriculums the PA "terrorist pension" seems like easy money.

There's so much corruption in the Palestinian Authority-PA that legitimate job opportunities are few and far between. Some clans have succeeded in keeping away and getting jobs in Israeli businesses nearby, like Rami Levy.

Remember that the money going into the terrorist pension fund comes from Europe, the United Nations, various NGOs, the United States and those people who think they are donating to peace, medical care and human rights.  The truth is that they are giving financial support to terrorism and corruption.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Metal Detectors, What's Good for The Goose...

This is also posted on Israel Blogger.

Ever since Arab terrorism had become one of the "expected" dangers of Israeli life, we've all gotten used to the fact that all public buildings, malls and some businesses require passing through metal detectors. In addition many other places of business or offices have some sort of guard screening those entering. That's besides the super-thorough security in airports all over the world, which have made wearing "money-belts" illegal. Here in Israel, most of us don't even think about it. We just automatically empty our pockets of keys, cellphone, put our pocketbooks, backpacks etc on the table for the guard to check  as we go through the metal detectors.

When I ascended the Temple Mount a few years ago, I didn't make a fuss about the awfully thorough security check my friends and I had to endure, but I was more than horrified to discover that Arabs entered freely. Not even their bags were checked. And the women could wear large tent-like robes with fabric thick enough to hide much more than their bodies. It made no sense to me. We should all be equally checked. And we should all have equal rights to worship there, but that's another point...

It was totally clear to me that the discrimination against Jews was not only immoral, but it was totally illogical. Now, after the latest rioting, metal detectors have been set up at the Arab entrances to the Temple Mount. Yes, Jews are allowed one crowded entry point, while Arabs can enter from a few different entrances. Yes, that's more anti-Jewish (and Christian) discrimination. Of course, the Arabs are protesting. I hope and pray that the State of Israel won't back down on this.

I also hope and pray that Jews will be given full religious and civil rights on The Temple Mount. It's time that we be allowed to pray in our Holiest Site in the World.

Jewish security check before entering Temple Mount


Arabs enter freely, while police talk and look at their phones

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Peaceful At The Kotel

Regardless of the strong sun and heat at the time we attended a Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel yesterday, all was so peaceful when we were there. We even rushed down via the Arab shuq, which my husband generally takes, and not either of my two  favorite ways. I didn't feel or notice any tension in the air, even though according to the news there was a lot of Arab violence not far from where we were.

Instead of riots there was more a carnival-like atmosphere, especially due to the Maccabiah athletes of all ages from all over the world who were gathering at the Kotel for prayers, dancing and singing.


As you can see, there are also handicapped/special athletes who compete in Maccabiah sports events.



One man leaned over the mechitza/divider to photograph his daughter. I asked which of them had completed, and he answered that both he and his daughter were Maccabiah athletes.



Women courteously accepted the shawls, scarves and wrap-around skirts offered by the soft-speaking polite women who offered them and then told them to keep them on until close to the exit where they could be returned. It was clear that some were even grateful for the protection against the strong summer sunlight which was terribly hard to escape and avoid at high noon.

Yes, contrary to the impression you get from the news, the Kotel has a nice atmosphere. I felt no tension or resentment at all. And there is an egalitarian section, which is perfectly open, for those who want.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Temple Mount is The Key, Lesson of Pinchas

Contrary to the Principles I learned when taking a Life Coaching course, when it comes to the problems in security, standing and sovereignty the State of Israel is suffering, I think that the key to solving it all is to go to the biggest issue. That is the Status of the Temple Mount, Har Habayit, the location of Judaism's two Holy Temples and the Holiest Place in the World for the Jewish People.

The past two Shabbatot we read of the story of Pinchas and how he executed Kosbi and Zimra on the spot as they were sinning publicly against Gd. We must not judge his actions on modern western values/philosophy only only on Torah Law and "What's good for the Jews."

Davka, just hours before Shabbat Pinchas there was a terrible, though predictable Arab terror attack on the Temple Mount. Arab Muslim terrorists, who aren't inspected before entering the holiest of places, murdered Israeli Policemen. The State of Israel finally had the gumption to close the Temple Mount to Arabs, but just for a couple of days. It has already been reopened, although with additional security checks.

The Israeli Government should have used this tragic attack to finally take away the rule of the Wakf and allow a Jewish group to administer the area. In the process all of the restrictions on Jews and Jewish Worship must end. This is our Holiest Site, and giving it to the Moslems is a chilul Hashem, a disgraceful act insulting Gd.

Gd willing we will soon have leaders here who are worthy of Pinchas's heritage.


GUEST POST: Kiddush HaShem 1498

Kiddush HaShem Year 1498 CE
a guest post by Mr. Cohen

“In [year] 1498 [CE], at the height of the [Spanish] Inquisition,
the Portuguese king had ordered all Jews who refused to convert
to gather in Lisbon, and from there to be sent into exile by ship.
It was a mean, cruel trick. 

About 20,000 hopeful Jews gathered at the quay waiting for
the promised ships, which never arrived. Eventually, they were
herded into tight quarters intended for 5,000 people and starved
there for several days. 

The half-starving families, including the elderly and small children,
were repeatedly tempted with offers to convert, with the promise
of a life of luxury and ease [if they would convert to Christianity].

To their eternal credit, no one accepted the offer.

SOURCE: The Rav HaKolel and His Generation, 5th Edition
(chapter 3, page 28) by Rabbi Yonah Landau, year 2014 CE,
68 Lee Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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OTHER BLOG POSTS BY MR. COHEN:



Ancient Roman historians connected Jews with the Land of Israel and Jerusalem:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/02/guest-post-josephus-vs-muslim-liars.html
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/05/guest-post-cornelius-tacticus.html


Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/08/rambam-rejected-childless-messiah-by-mr.html

Why Muslims Hate Jews:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-why-muslims-hate-jews.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-moynihan-1982.html


Forgotten Oppression against Jews:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-forgotten-oppression.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/03/guest-post-forgotten-anti-semitism.html


https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-jewish-nyc-mayor.html

How a Reform Rabbi Become Orthodox (true story):
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-did-reform-rabbi-become-orthodox-jew.html

Sephardic Jews Reject Reform Judaism:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/07/sephardim-reject-reform.html

Greek NYC Jews and Syrian NYC Jews:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/greek-jews-syrian-jews.html

How to Convict the New York Times of Unfair Bias Against Israel:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-how-to-convict-new-york-times.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-nyt-erases-israel-from-map.html
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/guest-postnyt-vs-israel.html

Why Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/04/guest-post-why-pray-for-idf.html

How to Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/09/how-to-pray-for-tzahal-idf.html

Why Israel’s 1967 Borders are Undefendable:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/03/guest-post-why-1967-borders-are-suicide.html
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Do Palestinians Want a Two-State Solution?
by Daniel Polisar, PhD in Political Science
https://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/2017/04/do-palestinians-want-a-two-state-solution/

Article Refuting the so-called “Two-State Solution”:
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2017/06/when-it-comes-to-territorial-compromise-israel-doesnt-have-a-choice/
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Israel is being buried-alive under an avalanche of media bias
and false accusations.

These web sites can help refute those biases and false accusations:

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PLEASE HELP DEFEND ISRAEL FROM UNFAIR MEDIA:
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http://advocacy.ou.org/
https://antisemitism.uk/

www.FactsAndLogic.org
www.HonestReporting.com              
www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com

www.MythsAndFacts.org                 
www.TheIsraelProject.org

www.BBCwatch.org                         
www.jhrw.com                                  
www.ngo-monitor.org
www.PalWatch.org                           

www.aish.com/jw/mo/4-Reasons-Why-the-Media-is-Biased-against-Israel.html
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

GUEST POST: SEPHARDIM REJECT REFORM

SEPHARDIC JEWS REJECT REFORM JUDAISM
a GUEST POST by Mr. Cohen – quotes listed in time order
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********** QUOTE 1 OF 7: **********

Reform — with rebuke for existing forms inherent in the very word — was by its nature incompatible with traditional Sephardic orthodoxy.  Reform, an attempt to bring Judaism “up to date,” to make Judaism appear to be at home with existing American religious patterns, was attacked by traditionalists as a subversive attempt to “Christianize” Judaism. 

Under Reform, women would come down from their secluded balconies in synagogues, and worship side by side with their husbands.  Men would take off their tall silk hats.

[Reform] synagogues would look more like churches. English would replace Hebrew.         

SOURCE: The Grandees: the Story of America's Sephardic Elite (chapter 14, page 192) by Stephen Birmingham, year 1971, First Lyons Press paperback edition, ISBN: 9781493024681 ISBN: 149302468X
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********** QUOTE 2 OF 7: **********

“…it [Reform Temple Emanu-El, in year 1868 CE] represented — on a national scale — a triumph for the Reform movement, which the Sephardim had so long opposed.”

SOURCE: The Grandees: the Story of America's Sephardic Elite (chapter 18, page 253) by Stephen Birmingham, year 1971, First Lyons Press paperback edition, ISBN: 9781493024681 ISBN: 149302468X
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********** QUOTE 3 OF 7: **********

“While Reform Judaism was remaking the pattern of Jewish life, threatening to topple the traditional orthodoxy, these [Sephardic] Jews knew nothing of it.”

SOURCE: The Grandees: the Story of America's Sephardic Elite (chapter 21, page 273) by Stephen Birmingham, year 1971, First Lyons Press paperback edition
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********** QUOTE 4 OF 7: **********

“…the insistence of the Sephardim on retaining the Orthodox form of worship — against the trend toward modernization and Americanization that has been marked among Jewry all over the country …”

SOURCE: The Grandees: the Story of America's Sephardic Elite (chapter 22, page 284) by Stephen Birmingham, year 1971, First Lyons Press paperback edition, ISBN: 9781493024681 ISBN: 149302468X
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********** QUOTE 5 OF 7: **********

“To this day there is no Sephardic synagogue which is not strictly Orthodox.
Although not all Sephardic Jews are personally Orthodox, Orthodoxy has remained the official Sephardic tradition.  Nowhere in the entire Sephardic world has Reform or Conservative Judaism penetrated.”

SOURCE: The Secret Jews (chapter 3, page 99) by Joachim Prinz, year 1973, Random House, ISBN-10: 0853031851 ISBN-13: 978-0853031857
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********** QUOTE 6 OF 7: **********

“The Reform leaders did not rest on their laurels, and continued agitating until they had obtained a foothold in virtually every single kehillah in New York.

Out of 100 shuls that had been established in the early 1800s, only a pitiful ten percent, ten shuls in all, remained Frum [Orthodox].

Three or four of the ten [synagogues that remained Orthodox in New York] were Sephardic shuls, and the rest were Ashkenazi shuls that had heroically managed to withstand the pressure of the Reform movement.”

SOURCE: The Rav HaKolel and His Generation 5th Edition (chapter 7, page 53) by Rabbi Yonah Landau, year 2014 CE, 68 Lee Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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********** QUOTE 7 OF 7: **********

…We do declare that: 

We affirm the eternality of our holy Torah, the Jewish nation, and the Holy Land of Israel.

We affirm that our Judaism is solely determined by the teachings of our Holy Torah, both written and oral, as passed down through the generations, all the way to Sinai. 

Movements such as Conservative and Reform are foreign to our Torah tradition, and their executions of halachic rites such as: marriage, divorce, and conversion will NOT be recognized.

SOURCE: RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE IRANIAN RABBANIM IN THE UNITED STATES AT ITS FIRST NATIONAL RABBINIC CONFERENCE, 2017 JUNE 7 * YEAR TAF SHIN AYIN ZAYIN, SIVAN 13, IN ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA
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OTHER BLOG POSTS BY MR. COHEN:


Ancient Roman historians connected Jews with the Land of Israel and Jerusalem:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/02/guest-post-josephus-vs-muslim-liars.html
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/05/guest-post-cornelius-tacticus.html


Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/08/rambam-rejected-childless-messiah-by-mr.html

Why Muslims Hate Jews:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-why-muslims-hate-jews.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-moynihan-1982.html


Forgotten Oppression against Jews:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-forgotten-oppression.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/03/guest-post-forgotten-anti-semitism.html


https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-jewish-nyc-mayor.html

How a Reform Rabbi Become Orthodox (true story):
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-did-reform-rabbi-become-orthodox-jew.html

Sephardic Jews Reject Reform Judaism:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/07/sephardim-reject-reform.html


Greek NYC Jews and Syrian NYC Jews:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/greek-jews-syrian-jews.html

How to Convict the New York Times of Unfair Bias Against Israel:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-how-to-convict-new-york-times.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-nyt-erases-israel-from-map.html
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/guest-postnyt-vs-israel.html

Why Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/04/guest-post-why-pray-for-idf.html

How to Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/09/how-to-pray-for-tzahal-idf.html

Why Israel’s 1967 Borders are Undefendable:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/03/guest-post-why-1967-borders-are-suicide.html
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Do Palestinians Want a Two-State Solution?
by Daniel Polisar, PhD in Political Science
https://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/2017/04/do-palestinians-want-a-two-state-solution/

Article Refuting the so-called “Two-State Solution”:
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/2017/06/when-it-comes-to-territorial-compromise-israel-doesnt-have-a-choice/

*********************************************************
PLEASE HELP DEFEND ISRAEL FROM UNFAIR MEDIA:
*********************************************************
http://advocacy.ou.org/
https://antisemitism.uk/
https://twitter.com/EyeOnHamas 

www.DanielPipes.org
www.FactsAndLogic.org

www.HonestReporting.com              
www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com

www.memriTV.org
www.MideastReporter.com
www.MythsAndFacts.org                 
www.TheIsraelProject.org

www.BBCwatch.org                         
www.jhrw.com                                  

www.ngo-monitor.org
www.PalWatch.org                           
www.UKMediaWatch.org
www.UNwatch.org

www.aish.com/jw/mo/4-Reasons-Why-the-Media-is-Biased-against-Israel.html
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Water Shortage Again!

Last summer, just as I arrived back home in Shiloh after a difficult visit to New York I discovered that Shiloh and other communities in what's known in Hebrew as "Gav HaHar," the Biblical mountain range, were suffering from severe water shortages.

Well over thirty years ago,o when the government set up the infrastructure for this part of the country, it seriously underestimated how large and how quickly our population would grow. I found myself bringing dirty laundry to my daughter in Ofra for laundering. Ofra is part of a different water supply system. Shiloh is part of the Shomron system.

The government finally had to truck in water, just like it did thirty-six years ago, when we first came to Shiloh. The big difference between then and now is that now we have pipes and are part of the national water carrier system. Then our water was very localized. There was nothing other than the daily truck.

Today when I came back from the pool, I saw a water truck making its way to the hookup point near the local water tower. Thank Gd things are more under control, although an upgraded enlarged water supply must be instituted.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Importance of the US to Israel’s National Security is Overstated!

The following headline and opening line got my blood boiling:
How Long Could Israel Survive Without America?
The importance of the United States to Israel’s national security cannot be overstated.
As far as I'm concerned such a thing is the demise of the independent State of Israel, Gd forbid.

The State of Israel owes nothing to the USA. We had our greatest victories before American President Johnson began the present relationship with Israel. The truth is that because Israel began listening to the USA, we were almost destroyed in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. But in typical "victim dependent" behavior successive Israeli governments keep on trying to be America's "best friend." In the process we are not only damaging our military industry and economy, but we confide in American officials and have lost the confidence to fight on our own and do what's best for us.

Things will only get better if we go cold turkey off of American buy in America  Shopping Coupons.

The State of Israel must wisen up and act as an independent country or the Americans will just keep tightening the noose until we are finished.



Friday, July 14, 2017

Water is Big News, Better than Peace

Here in Israel water is big news. We can't take water for granted, and even a bit of a drought can be deadly. Judaism includes prayers for rain in the correct season, to be a blessing not a curse etc.

Visitors to the Holy Land before Zionism always described a barren desert-like landscape where nothing grew but cemeteries. Even though there were always Jewish communities here in the holy cities, not just Jerusalem but Hebron, Tzfat and Gaza, Jews didn't work the Land. That was one of the two major innovations of the Zionist Movement, Jewish agriculture and envisioning/planning a Jewish State.

Jewish leaders, religious and secular, of the time mocked the Zionists claiming them unrealistic and even heretical. But the last laugh is on them, because today Israel is not only a vibrant, advanced country, but it has used its "brainpower" to solve much of the water problem.  That is why Israeli agricultural industry and exports are legendary.

Nearby vineyards, east of Shiloh

While conventional "peace" with our Arab enemies may be far away, they have just signed a "water treaty" with us. Even our enemies, who are trying to destroy us, know that we are the only ones who have succeeded in making miracles with the very limited natural water resources available.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Israel Should Just Leave The UN!

This was also posted on Israeli Blogger.

Apparently, since Israel has finally been threatening or refusing not to pay some of the dues to the most anti-Israel of the Israel bashing United Nations organizations, we may lose General Assembly voting rights. At least that's what the headline said in the Jerusalem Post:
ISRAEL COULD LOSE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY VOTING RIGHTS IF DOESN’T PAY BILL
But the actual truth is, if you read the article carefully, if Israel is careful to keep that demonstrative and symbolic non-payment under a certain sum, voting rights should be preserved, unless our diplomatic enemies decide otherwise.

If you consider voting in the UN General Assembly to be all that important I'll tell you that I highly doubt that Israel would let the debt get so high. And we don't know if the threats will be made into reality. Not that I consider membership in the United Nations to be a great metzia. Besides that, our one measly vote doesn't do us any good. Israel is an abused, libeled, ridiculed and maligned minority of one. For years I've wondered why we even stay there.

One big advantage of leaving the United Nations would be banishing all those UN employees, those who work for the UN itself and those who work for the organizations that have as their main agenda the besmirching, maligning and undermining the good name, security and stability of the State of Israel. By cutting all ties we'd be safer!

The recent anti-truth "decision" by UNESCO that our Tomb/Cave of the Patriarchs is Muslim not Jewish gives further proof that there is no search for truth or justice by the United Nations and its organizations. Their vote did not come from ignorance; it is just a very clear manifestation of the blatant anti-Jewish/Israel agenda which is a bedrock of the UN. It's foolish for us to expect anything else.

Just look at history.

The United Nations was established as World War Two ended. Instead of chastising/condemning Great Britain for sabotaging and undermining, by giving more than half the land to the Hashemites and severely restricting Jewish immigration to what remained, its Mandate to establish a Jewish State in "Palestine," it came up with a proposal to further divide the remaining territory and invent another new Arab country. The indefensible bit of land proposed for a Jewish State was then attacked by Arab armies, trained, supported and equipped by British troops. In a miracle of Biblical proportions, the under-equipped and disunited Jewish forces managed a victory, which also consolidated the territory defended and gained into a slightly more defensible country.

From the 1949 ceasefire, until the spring of 1967, Jordan illegally occupied the territory west of the Jordan River to the ceasefire line, aka "green line,"  with Israel. Although this occupation was totally illegal, there were no sanctions against Jordan. During those eighteen years, the UN had some "peacekeeping" forces in the area, especially around the Suez Canal. But in 1967, the minute Egypt's Nasser threatened to destroy Israel and told the UN to move, it fled leaving an easy path for an Egyptian victory.

That was fifty years ago, and although all over the world borders change without anyone really caring, the United Nations has led the campaign against Israel for liberating the Jewish National Homeland, which hadn't had a sovereign independent rule for over two thousand years.

Remember that the UN has fully supported the perpetuation of so-called "palestinian refugees" with UNRWA. UNRWA is a dangerous and malignant organization with a raison d'être to destroy the State of Israel.

Besides UNRWA, we all know that no country in the world is condemned more by the Security Council than Israel.

Why is the State of Israel still a member of the United Nations?


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Is It Enough That Israel Governs Jerusalem?

This is also posted on Israel Blogger.

I've recently heard that some rabbis are claiming that we no longer have to mourn the destruction of Jerusalem, because Israel now holds it. This is totally outrageous and shows a very superficial comprehension of what Jerusalem is to the Jewish People.

Jerusalem is not just a bit of real estate, the same way that the Tanach, Jewish Bible isn't a history book. The Tanach is a book of theology, and Jerusalem is Holy and meant to be the location of the Beit Hamikdash, Holy Temple.

Until the Jewish Israeli Government takes full sovereignty over Har Habayit, the Temple Mount and begins building the Third Temple for traditional Jewish Worship, we must mourn the destruction of our ancient Jewish Kingdom and Temple.

According to the attitude of those rabbis, they may as well read the Torah in synagogue from a paper book and not from the special parchment.

Kotel

Temple Mount

Temple Mount

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Why THREE WEEKS to Commemorate Holy Temple?

This is also posted on Israel Blogger.

Today's the fast of the 17th of Tammuz. It's the official start of what is known as "the Three Weeks," a time of national Jewish mourning that actually observed for twenty-two days. The tragedy we mourn is greater than the destruction of both Holy Temples, which took place the same time of the year. The real tragedies were the invasion and conquering of Jerusalem by enemy powers and our loss of Jewish sovereignty.

  • It's not enough just to fast twenty-five hours, like Yom Kippur, on the 9th of Av. 
  • It's not enough just to fast on the 9th of Av and then continue mourning customs until noontime the following day.
  • And it's not enough to just observe nine days of extreme mourning, from Rosh Chodesh Av until the 9th or noontime on the 10th.
We begin the period of mourning on the 17th of Tammuz, three full weeks before the 9th of Av even though historically we can justify beginning a week to more earlier. 

That's because the destruction of our Holy Temple and the conquest and occupation of Jerusalem and the rest of the Land of Israel and the exile of the Jewish People and the end of the Jewish Monarchy did not happen in one day or battle. It was a long process, and it took much longer than the three weeks we carve out of the Jewish Year to commemorate and remember these horrendous events.

We are commanded to remember that this great tragedy was really a series of events. The earliest causes are probably forgotten by now and can't be accurately documented. At the time, they most probably weren't even considered serious or worthy of worry. But little by little they chipped away at Jewish Monarchy, sovereignty and the Holy Temple built to worship Gd.

That is why I, and others, are so worried about the creeping dependence the State of Israel has on the United States. We must remember that we can't rely of foreign countries for our security. Our greatest victories were when we had no foreign allies, because we have Gd. 

And this is the true message of the Three Weeks, bookended by two fast days. We must remember that what may appear harmless, benign may very well be the beginning of a great tragedy, Gd forbid. It is always time to "recalibrate" and get on the right track. 

Remember that just three weeks after the 9th of Av begins the Month of Elul when we are reminded to do Teshuva, repent before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.