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September 25, 2016 / 22 Elul, 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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