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May 31, 2016 / 23 Iyar, 5776
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They Own It

Let's face it, if we wanted to be on Temple Mount, we'd have been there.
They Own It

Photo Credit: Sliman Khader/FLASH90

Look at these thousands of Palestinians on their knees in Eid Al Adha prayers at the Temple Mount.

They showed up there yesterday, like they owned it, and filled up the place, like they owned it, and prayed as they saw fit, like they owned it.

It’s the holiest Jewish place on the planet. It’s where on Yom Kippur the high priest would pronounce God’s 72-letter name and we’d all fall on our hands and knees and yell out: Blessed be His Kingdom for eternity! But they, these multitudes of Arabs newly arrived from the peninsula after 699 CE, they behave like they own it.

It’s maybe the third holiest Muslim site—some say it’s only the fifth or sixth. But they behave like they own it, and that’s what matters.

Do you know why they behave like they own it? Because they own it. Do you know why they own it? Because we permitted it, we gave them the keys to our Father’s home and said, it’s yours, go have fun. And they’re having fun.

Photo credit: Sliman Khader/FLASH90

Photo credit: Sliman Khader/FLASH90

It’s not the Arabs who keep us from taking back our mountain. It’s not the cops, it’s not the prime minister. It’s us. We don’t want to be back, praying on the mountain. We don’t want to be redeemed from the filth of the Diaspora. We like it down here, behind the supporting wall built by Herod in the back of the mountain, the service area, if you will.

Did you see the pictures from Rav Ovadia’s funeral? Did you see hundreds of thousands of religious Jews filling up the streets? Do you think for a minute that if those multitudes decided to climb up to the Temple Mount and say Sh’ma Israel anyone could have stopped them?

But they don’t want it. They are deathly afraid of a time when they would have to live according to the Torah in earnest. In justice. Without interest bearing loans. Without shticks. Like the woman told her husband who came home scared from shul after a drasha: God saved us from a lot of tzures, He’ll save us from Moshiach, too.

There’s nothing keeping Moshiach away other than you and I. Pass it on.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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25 Responses to “They Own It”

  1. why give oxygen to islam do not show these picturres for God sake let allah alway kneel for forgiveness to its followers.

  2. why give oxygen to islam do not show these picturres for God sake let allah alway kneel for forgiveness to its followers.

  3. Akaldev Singh says:

    why give oxygen to islam do not show these picturres for God sake let allah alway kneel for forgiveness to its followers.

  4. Muslim scum !go home back to Iran !

  5. Kathrine Jean Burton says:

    Muslim scum !go home back to Iran !

  6. So True, Great Take. We have no one to blame but ourselves.

  7. Malkah Sorel says:

    don't get me wrong, i want them off too, but on the bright side could you imagine if it was the christians, they would be having a cross and selling bacon sandwiches

  8. Indeed. When the time is right ADONAI will allow it.

  9. truthseekr says:

    Yori, they do NOT own it, Hashem does. We WILL get it back and I’ll bet many are praying about it, as it’s in the daily prayers, while not being present. If we get it back before the time is right, maybe we’ll be fighting liberal Jews who’ll want to have women on the mount leading services, gay marriages, and all kinds of idiocy. Hashem sent us out and we weren’t able to prevent the building of the mosques. But their time of dominance will soon be over. It’s really in Hashem’s timing. The Temple will soon be rebuilt, and the Muslims will be nowhere around.

  10. Joseph Colen says:

    Imagine liberal and socialistic Jews taking it over and having lesbians and gays doing their so called prayers.

  11. Cody Flecker says:

    The Jewish People are a sorry lot. No wonder why holocausts occur. I would like to think they enjoy being tortured and killed acting the way they do over historical and religious sites like the Temple Mount. Anyone who gives one penny to Israel must be insane. It is a terrible investment to say the least.

  12. It's ours! We must take it back! Enough already!!!

  13. You are all shocking and horrible.

  14. Alan Kardon says:

    Anyone who deals with you is a pretty sick. Do you know there were many others who died in the Holocaust that were not Jewish. You are correct, I must be insane I give money to Israel and I am wasting my time talking to you.

  15. Yechiel Baum says:

    as collective Jews, we NEVER gave it up.

  16. Yechiel Baum says:

    as collective Jews, we NEVER gave it up.

  17. I apologize for not remembering which government of Israel gave the keys to the temple Mount to Islam in exchange for Peace? Has Israel had Peace? Does the Saudi Royal Family own Al Aqcsa or are they just protectors? If owned by SFR they can be bought for a price! About two months ago I read Saudi has a missile directed at TLV 2,500 range, clearly no friend of Israel. A nice accident is worth contemplating if negotiation fails as it always does with Arabs. I'd like to see the third Temple built and have an opportunity before I die to be there.

  18. vivgolda says:

    https://www.facebook.com/vleijonhufvud1 · Top Commenter · Works at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ArtistWriter/145295938822538I
    apologize for not remembering which government of Israel gave the keys
    to the temple Mount to Islam in exchange for Peace? Has Israel had
    Peace? Does the Saudi Royal Family own Al Aqcsa or are they just
    protectors? If owned by SFR they can be bought for a price! About two
    months ago I read Saudi has a missile directed at TLV 2,500 range,
    clearly no friend of Israel. A nice accident is worth contemplating if
    negotiation fails as it always does with Arabs. I’d like to see the
    third Temple built and have an opportunity before I die to be there.

  19. It's time for an eviction, throw the bums out…what are they going to do? Try to kill us, shoot rockets at us, call us all manner of foul names, murder our children, families, desecrate our holy sites! Yes, all those things and more they already do and being the poorly advised land owner that we are…we take it, over and over and over…ENOUGH…they must go!

  20. Myriam Obadia says:

    BS, we have a timid government, a police and a High Court which have taken to the Arab cause, and short of a Knesset daring to impose the will of the people (rather than follow a PM entirely subservient to the US), we won't be able to change the situation. I'm a 53 years old disabled woman, but I'm ready and willing to go today to pray on the Temple mount. The question is: are you willing to give me a ride there and pray with me?

  21. BrianJarrell says:

    You need to research the Real Temple Mount and know that is not the “Real” place. Let them have it and start building the temple in its rightful place. Stop allowing traditions to get in the way of what the scrolls and archeology have proven…you’re worried about the wrong piece of land. A hint: 1500yds SE of the dome of the rock.

  22. vivgolda says:

    BrianJarrell Hi Brian, thanks for your reply, I am suggesting the Temple Mount whether it be 1500 yds SE of the the Dome of the Rock, the arabs have no right to plant a mosque there.  I am looking forward to the re building of the temple and will visit I hope once it arises.  I simply cannot take Islam seriously as a religion, in  my view the Al Acqsa was placed on the mount to antagonize the Judaic faith.  But I have to say generally speaking the faithful Jews rarely rise to the bait!

  23. I, as a raised Southern Baptist, agree with the above report. I have also visited Israel a few times, and I loved it. But Jews and Baptists have some things in common, and a few things not in common. The recovery of the Temple Mounts to most Baptists is the ultimate climax to their awaiting of the Second Coming of Jesua/Issus, etc…! But, except for the few tens of thousands of really Orthodox Jews that also cling to the idea of reclaiming the Temple Mount, most Jews are afraid of the results!! But, in the scheme of things, my opinion does not matter at all. Regards, Ronald L. hughes

  24. I, as a raised Southern Baptist, agree with the above report. I have also visited Israel a few times, and I loved it. But Jews and Baptists have some things in common, and a few things not in common. The recovery of the Temple Mounts to most Baptists is the ultimate climax to their awaiting of the Second Coming of Jesua/Issus, etc…! But, except for the few tens of thousands of really Orthodox Jews that also cling to the idea of reclaiming the Temple Mount, most Jews are afraid of the results!! But, in the scheme of things, my opinion does not matter at all. Regards, Ronald L. hughes

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