Sunday, July 18, 2010

Look what’s hanging over Jerusalem on Erev Tisha b’Av

Posted by Jewish Israel

This banner welcoming the conference for the Church of the Pentecost Missions hangs over the Rimonim Shalom Hotel in Jerusalem’s Bayit Vegan neighborhood. The banner quotes the new testament passage: “being transformed into the image of christ in a changing world”.

Properly welcoming tourists of other faiths into Ir Hakodesh and into Eretz Yisrael surely doesn’t warrant this shameful display. That it hangs over us at a time of year when we’ve been remembering tragedies associated with avodah zarah (strange worship), among other sins, and on the eve of our commemoration of the destruction of the First and Second Temple in Jerusalem, is distressing.

But jesus-friendly banners in Jerusalem may be the least of our problems. Is it possible that the Muslims know something we don't?...more


in the vanguard said...

My memories of Tisha B'Av in 2005, when I visited Israel:

At a relative's house, I was going through the channels to see what my children could watch, to relieve their boredom.

One program started out innocently enough. It was in a cave under the temple mount, a 30-year old began relating some historical facts. Wow, I thought, that looks like something educational for them to see. But, a few minutes later, he bagan to speak about a "King Yehoshua"... and my hairs began to stand on edge. It turns out that this "archeological documentary" was nothing more than a Jews for J program - for children - on the Children's Channel - on Israeli TV - in the Holy Land - on the holy day of Tisha B'av - at a time when Jews were also mourning the upcoming uprooting of Gaza and delivering the land on a silver platter to those who wanted to murder us.

Such is the face of our leadership in the Holy Land today...

Then let me add this too - that on that day (9th of Av), in Tel-Aviv, on a day when you'd think people in the HOLY LAND would adopt a serious mindset, Tel-Aviv sponsored "Beer Day" at the beaches, a large bash for people to have fun at the beach. In fact that year, they extended the fun for two days instead of one, as was their custom until then, extending from the 8th, into the 9th of Av.

ellen said...

For what it's worth, I hear J-street had a cocktail party on Tisha b'Av.

Meanwhile, a handful of Orthodox rabbis (Israeli and American) were reportedly on Capital Hill throwing an interfaith Lamentations worship happening with hundreds of evangelicals in attendance.

Is nothing sacred anymore?