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July 30, 2015 / 14 Av, 5775
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New Arab Claim on Susiya: History Begins When Arabs Settled

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Arabs have raised a new claim on “Arab Susiya,” located in the southern Hebron Hills, based on an alleged 1881 document from the time of the Ottoman Empire.

The tiny area of Susiya, as The JewishPress.com reported here last week, has become a critical case that could determine the future of the Palestinian Authority and Israel. The IDF has issued orders to destroy several European Union and leftist-funded tents and structures on “Arab Susiya.” If the Palestinian Authority wins an appeal against the orders, it would pave the way for Arabs to dig up claims on every inch of land in Israel.

Israel aerial photos and academic researcher have refuted previous claims that Arabs lived on Susiya in recent years, Haaretz reported on Sunday that an Arab lawyer has dug up an Ottoman-Empire-era document in the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration, that the “Jabri” family had a deed for “land near Susiya” in 1881.

Even if the claim were valid, it does not mean that Arabs can build without permits, but it would allow them to use the land for agriculture.

Haaretz noted that previous deeds from a century ago are problematic because they do not clearly define land boundaries.

The claim of a document from 1881 is strange because the Jabri family was one of the heads of the city of Hebron, 12 miles away by road. Susiya was not exactly Boardwalk on the Hebron land board; it was not even on the board at all.

The southern Hebron Hills is a barren mountain desert area. A family in Hebron would have no apparent reason to buy or lease land in Susiya.

But if the deed really is true, it exposes the Palestinian Authority as claiming that history begins only when Arabs settle land.

If Arabs wants to start digging into history before the re-establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, then all recorded documents have to be honored.

For example, using 1881 as a starting point, there are dozens of recorded land purchases by Jews of land in such places as Gaza, Gush Etzion and the Silwan Valley in “eastern Jerusalem.”

If Arabs want to use historical land deeds as a basis for claims, and since they accept the Five Books of Moses as a prelude to the Prophet Mohammed, then there is no argument that Abraham bought the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hebron, King David, Jacob (Yaakov) bought Shechem (Nablus) and King David bought Jerusalem.

Islam began in the 7th century, hundreds of years after Jews settled the country.

The Palestinian Authority wants it both ways. If it can find a document that Arabs paid taxes on land or even owned it, it claims that is proof the land is theirs.

If they don’t have a deed, they claim it is their “ancient homeland.”

Their meaning of “ancient” is when Arabs first appears on the scene.

Firefighters Extinguish Blazes around Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Six firefighting aircraft and eight ground crews of firefighters were kept busy Sunday from the late afternoon into the evening hours battling blazes at locations in a long-distance ring all around Jerusalem.

The fires were burning in forests near Elon Moreh, Maale Adumim, Beit Shemesh and Gva’ot — each in a different direction around the capital.

Elon Moreh is located in Samaria, north of Jerusalem and Maale Adumim is an eastern suburb close to the capital, located in the desert hills. Beit Shemesh is a forested suburb just west of Jerusalem; and Gva’ot is in the westernmost area of the Gush Etzion bloc in Judea, not far from Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh, towards the central plains area called the “Shfela.” Dozens of families were evacuated in the Samaria Jewish community of Elon Moreh as the forest fire burned dangerously close to the houses in that area. In the other communities, the fires blazed farther away, with residents watching anxiously but fortunately not needing to leaving their homes.

By evening even the largest of the fires was under control, officials reported. It is not yet clear what started the rash of wildfires, although the weather has been exceptionally hot with extremely dry conditions.

Temple Mount Policemen Released from Hospital

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The two Israeli policemen that were injured by Islamic terrorists on the Temple Mount on Sunday morning have been released.

They were treated in the Hadassah Ein Karem emergency room.

The Third Temple – A 3D Walk-Through

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

This is a walk-through the main sanctuary of the Holy Temple, showcasing decades of research and tens of innovative Halachic solutions to various perplexing issues that were resolved to create fully functional, ready-to-use plans. As the visual tour sweeps through the sanctuary, one can see the menorah, incense altar and showbread table, all of which have already been prepared by the Institute, among 70 other sacred vessels. The presentation was specially released to coincide with the Ninth of Av, the Jewish national day of mourning which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples.

This is not a ‘virtual’ representation, but a portion of a complete and highly detailed architectural plan which has been prepared for the immediate construction of the Holy Temple. The plan includes all of components that will be used in building: marble, stone, concrete, wood, flooring materials, overlay of gold, etc.

The external view presents the openings, windows, chambers, the outer hall, the Sanctuary and the Holy of Holies.

In the first stage we are moving through the hall’s entrance. As we continue we arrive at the golden chains described in Tractate Middot, which the young priests-in-training would climb in order to view the decorative crowns that were placed in unique windows above the entrance to the Sanctuary. The visit continues on to the 38 chambers that surrounded the Sanctuary. The door opens and we find ourselves within the first chamber. We turn left and enter into the Sanctuary. From the right we see the three major vessels of the Sanctuary: The golden altar, the table of the showbread, and the menorah. We also see the curtain with its depiction of the two cherubim.

This curtain is actually a double curtain, that separates between the Holy area (the Sanctuary), and the Holy of Holies. We look up to the ceiling of the Sanctuary, which reaches a height of 40 amot. Near the ceiling are the ‘narrowing windows’ (Kings I 6:4) which direct from the Temple outwards.

Turning behind us, we see the doors of the Sanctuary towards the east, as they are opened each morning by the priests, revealing the blue skies of Jerusalem at sunrise.

From the Sanctuary, we turn back to the chambers and go out to the long passageway known as the ‘mesiba.’ We ascend stairs that lead to the roof of the chambers. We continue moving, encircling the Temple from the north and west, afterwards turning east.

At the end of the passageway stands a special ladder that is used to ascend to the upper level. This level has a very high level of sanctity. One opinion maintains that it is only entered once in seventy years (for maintenance purposes).

In summary, this is a highly-detailed building plan which includes room for further innovation by professionals and craftsmen, including decoration, heating and electric etc. According to the decisions of the steering committee that will be established to oversee the construction of the Third Holy Temple, which can be begun immediately.

The video comes one year after the Temple Institute appealed to its supporters to take part in an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign that raised over $100,000 for the architectural plans. The video was first released to supporters of a current campaign to raise the first kosher Red Heifer in Israel in over 2,000 years. Over the past five years, the organization has released its most ambitious campaigns and poignant videos to reframe the mourning period into one of active preparation for the Third Holy Temple.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/raise-a-red-heifer-in-israel/story

Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of The Temple Institute noted: “One third of all Torah commandments pertain to the building of and service in the Holy Temple. Today, we not only mourn the destruction of the two Holy Temples, but also our inability to fulfill one third of the Torah. Over the last three decades, the Temple Institute has done everything in our power to research and prepare for the Third Temple. As world Jewry sits on the ground mourning the first two Temples, we have taken a huge leap towards the rebuilding, by releasing a 3D architectural rendition of the Third Temple”

Chabad’s ‘Roving Rabbis’ Dispersed on Tisha B’Av

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Millions of Jews around the world are fasting tonight (Saturday July 25), observing the Fast of Tisha B’Av — the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av — as they mourn the destruction of the two ancient Jewish Holy Temples of Jerusalem.

Thousands have gathered to weep and pour their hearts out at the sole remnant that still exists from the Second Temple — the Western Wall — in the Old City of Jerusalem.

This year’s crop of Chabad-Lubavitch “Roving Rabbis” found the young rabbinical students and newly graduated rabbis in far-flung corners of the globe.

The fast commemorates more than just the destruction of both Holy Temples in Jerusalem; it also marks the subsequent expulsion of the Jewish People from their Land and a millennia-long Diaspora and numerous other national Jewish tragedies as well. Although it is one of the two gravest fasts on the Jewish calendar, the actual fast was deferred because it fell on the Sabbath; thus the fast was observed Saturday night and Sunday.

Rabbi Peretz Lazaroff is among the new rabbinic globetrotters, along with Rabbi Yisroel Wolff. The two are on the Caribbean island of Curaçao with a local congregation that is bereft of a rabbi.

Lazaroff told Chabad.org last week they had not yet ironed out the details of where they would spend their meals before and after the fast. Regardless, he said, “we will certainly be in the synagogue with the very lovely people we’ve been meeting since our arrival, and we are doing our utmost to muster up a minyan so we can hold full services. If not we will still be able to observe the central element of the evening: reading the Book of Lamentations.”

The Book of Lamentations is the recitation of the prophecy delivered by Jeremiah about the horrifying destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple by Nebuchadnezzer and the story of the Jewish People being taken to Babylon in chains as slaves.

It is a long, graphic and terrifying tale and one that eventually inspired community leaders to throw Jeremiah into prison, rather than heed his warnings – to their eternal regret later on.

When the Jews were later dragged into slavery by the victorious Babylonians, Jeremiah wept and tried to accompany them but was forced away by Nebuchadnezzer. The retelling of the prophecy is chanted each year on the night of Tisha B’Av.

In some cases, it will be the task of the “Roving Rabbis” to lead the reading of Lamentations in the communities where they end up.

Rabbi Nosson Huebner and Rabbi Yecheskel Posner are in the Chabad House in Lima, Peru, making a pit stop on a six-week tour of the country. For these two rabbis, such a tour means checking out towns and cities to find Israeli backpackers and other Jewish tourists who might be in need of Jewish resources. While on the road they will have to improvise, so their before- and after-fast meals may be the only full kosher repasts they will have until they return to the city next month.

One Small Step for (a) Man, One Big Step for Buzz Aldrin

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Buzz Aldrin (85), the second man on the moon, will again be following in Neil Armstrong’s footprints, when he visits Israel for the first time this coming October.

Aldrin will be coming for the International Astronautical Congress, in Jerusalem.

The IAC conference is held in a different country each year, and this time Israel gets the honor.

The conference will be held at the Jerusalem International Convention Center from October 12-16.

Omri Casspi Bringing Delegation of NBA Players to Israel

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

National Basketball Association player Omri Casspi is visiting Israel with seven other NBA players in a tour organized by a foundation Casspi has formed to fight the Boycott Israel movement.

Visiting with Casspi are his Sacramento Kings teammates DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, and Caron Butler, as well as Chandler Parsons of the Dallas Mavericks, Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tyreke Evans of the New Orleans Pelicans, and Alan Anderson of the Washington Wizards.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has given the initiative his personal blessing.

The players will be the guests of two major events, the first hosted by HaPoel Jerusalem and the second by Maccabi Tel Aviv, scheduled for Sunday and Wednesday, respectively.

The players will also tour Israel and attend several charity events organized by NBA Cares, the league’s global community outreach initiative.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/omri-casspi-bringing-delegation-of-nba-players-to-israel/2015/07/23/

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