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Nursing Jewish Mother Kicked Off Temple Mount

(JNi.media) The Temple Institute, an Israeli organization dedicated to establishing the Third Temple, is one of the few Jewish groups dedicating themselves to finding a crack in the status quo on the Temple Mount, which forbids Jewish prayer there, and frequently blocks Jews from entering the compound.

Their most recent case in point: “Until now the ‘status quo’ imposed by the Netanyahu-Kerry-Abdullah triumvirate ‘only’ forbade Jewish prayer, Jewish tears, Jewish laughter, Jewish lip moving, Jewish body swaying, Jewish bowing, Jewish standing motionless, Jewish singing, Jewish blessings, Jewish eating and Jewish drinking,” goes their statement from Monday — “Now it also forbids a Jewish mother from nursing her crying Jewish infant.”

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[Editor: Perhaps the baby said the bracha (blessing) out loud?]

The accompanying video shows Israeli police removing a Jewish mother who tried to nurse her baby—using a blanket for modesty—on the Temple mount. The police insisted that nursing babies was strictly off limits there. The scene quickly turned into street theater, with the cops accusing the woman and her friends of acting for the smartphone cameras, and the women accusing the cops of being heartless, deaf to the needs of a hungry baby.

“Shame on all you feckless politicians and self-important pundits, judges, rabbis, human rights activists and feminists, etc., who endorse and support the racist policy of ‘status quo’ on the Temple Mount!” goes the Temple Institute statement. “Are your rights to express your thoughts and opinions more sacred than the right of a Jew to pray on the Temple Mount? Or of a mother to nurse her hungry baby?”

One more open question remains: how would the Arab news websites, which usually describe Jewish visits on Temple Mount as “Settlers assault Al Aqsa with aid of police troops” describe this scene? And, of course, what would be the fate of a policeman who tried to remove an Arab mother and her baby from the same site?

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30 COMMENTS

  1. Israel has very strict laws PROTECTING breastfeeding mothers and babies. It's legal to breastfeed in public. The laws AGAINST Jews are specific to the Temple Mount. Jewish law (halacha) permits public breastfeeding, including in a Beit Midrash or synagogue sanctuary during a worship service, so long as it is done modestly. Jewish institutions have an obligation to welcome and support nursing mothers and their babies according to Jewish law. This incident of shaming and kicking a nursing mother off of the Temple Mount is yet another example of discrimination and aggression against Jews visiting the Temple Mount.

  2. I was told that it is disrespectful to eat or feed children in Shul. Considering that this is a makom Kadosh, I question whether nursing in this particular spot is appropriate. I am a nursing mother myself and have no problem nursing discreetly in a shopping mall or on a park bench, but in front of the bet Hamikdash, hmmm, I'm just nor so sure.

  3. If the Jewish mother wouldn't be religious, maybe the police might have treated her better. It is very sad how Israelis are now divided, each one, religious and secular, resentful of the other.
    on a different note altogether, well….. I didnt see a crying baby anywhere…. still, she should be able to feed her child wherever is more convenient to her, and Palestinians be damned, since they'll complain of a Jewish sneeze as well as a feeding mother anyways.

  4. מאת: רבני מכון פועה
    שלום וברכה,
    כאשר הדבר נעשה בצניעות ותוך כיסוי הגוף איני רואה בכך בעיה הלכתית.
    כמובן שצריכה להיות תשומת לב ורגישות ציבורית בעת הנקה במקומות ציבוריים אבל צריכה להיות גם הבנה ורגישות כלפי הנשים המניקות אשר חפצות להיות נוכחות בתפילה ובבית הכנסת.
    בשורות טובות
    אודי רט
    רב משיב מכון פועה

  5. שאלה:
    האם מותר להניק תינוק בבית הכנסת, האם יש בעיה של צניעות?

    תשובה:
    אם זה בעזרת נשים, אלו צרכי התינוק ואת צריכה להניק אותו.

    שוכתב משו"ת טלפוני
    לתשובות נוספות של הרה"ג דב ליאור

  6. Ben Ish Chai:

    מותר לעסוק בדברי תורה וכו’ בשעת היניקה, כי בשעת היניקה דדיה הם כמו ידיה או פניה. ויש לסמוך על זה בשעת הדחק. אבל אסור לקרוא ק’’ש כנגד דדי האשה כשלא מניקה.

    "It is permissible to be occupied with words of Torah, etc., at the time of nursing, for at the time of nursing, her breasts are like her hands or her face."

    Even during the recitation of kriyat Sh’ma, public breast-feeding is permitted. As with all activities in shul, breas feeding should be done quietly, modestly, and discreetly. Based strictly on overview of halakhah, it is permissible to breast feed in shul. Based on Jewish values, it is a positive value to make nursing mothers welcome in shul. There are no explicit texts dealing with a mother breast feeding in public, other than the one that focuses on grounds for divorce. Even in that case, only one Tanna issues what looks like a clear prohibition, and Talmudic consensus seems to permit that behavior in that sugya, despite the lone Tanna’s attempt to prohibit.

    It is highly unlikely that a man will be erotically charged by the sight of a woman discretely breast feeding, and those men who are should seek ways to restrain “תנו רבנן: המרצה מעות לאשה מידו לידה כדי להסתכל בה – אפילו יש .themselves or to avert their gaze בידו תורה ומעשים טובים כמשה רבינו – לא ינקה מדינה של גיהנם, שנאמר )משלי י"א( יד ליד לא ינקה רע – לא ינקה Our Rabbis taught: If a man counts out money from his hand into the מדינה של גיהנם”

    SOURCE: The Woman Took the Child and Nursed It: A Teshuvah on Breast Feeding in Public

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