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Jewish Organizations Protest UNESCO Insult to Judaism

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Words of history, political and emotional connections to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, the Kotel (Western Wall) and the Dead Sea Scrolls were emphasized by speaker after speaker on Thursday, November 10th at a march and rally protesting UNESCO’s effort to erase Jews and Judaism from the Temple Mount.

The most recent effort by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was a resolution referring to the holy sites both on and around the Temple Mount solely by their Arabic names. This resolution seeks to invalidate any claim  of the Jewish people to our holiest site, the marchers explained.

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Speaker after speaker including Rabbi Avi Weiss and Mothers Against Terrorism’s Hillary Barr led chants of “Shame On Unesco” during the peaceful rally. There was also singing and dancing.

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Jews and Non-Jews, young and old chanted, “We Stand With Israel,” as representatives of more than a dozen Jewish organizations, waved Israeli and American flags in unison.

unesco-rosenthal“Although the election is over, the fight for issues that matter to the community goes on. I was very pleased to speak at the rally opposing UNESCO’s ongoing attempt to sever the connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel because this is a matter of great concern to the community — and is of critical importance to US national security. We need leaders who will stand up to the UN on behalf of the United States and Israel, and I stand ready to help in any capacity I can,” stated Phil Rosenthal, recent congressional candidate and board member of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, EMET.

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Those interested in joining the effort to protest UNESCO’s efforts to erase Jewish ties to Jerusalem were encouraged to sign a petition.

Jewish Press Staff

Liberal Zionist Rabbis Support ‘Mixed’ Kotel Section While Reform Kotel Activists Attack Zionism [video]

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

For the first time in more than 25 years, three Israeli National-Religious Orthodox Rabbis: Shlomo Riskin, Benny Lau and Ronen Lubitsch, have called on the Netanyahu government to implement its decision to establish a special section of the Western Wall where Reform and Conservative Jews would be allowed to practice “mixed prayer” of men and women together, Israeli media reported Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, a large group of non-Orthodox Jews marched carrying Torah scrolls to protest restrictions on non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall. Members of the Israeli Reform Movement, Progressive Judaism and the Women of the Wall, they held prayers marking the start of the month of Cheshvan. They also protested the Netanyahu government’s delay in implementing its decision to create an egalitarian prayer section at the Wall.

The Liba organization, which is dedicated to fighting intermarriage in Israel, pointed out that many of the leaders of the Reform struggle to gain access to the Kotel as a movement are also extreme left-wing activists, such as Reform Rabbi Idit Lev, who led the “egalitarian prayer” at the Kotel on Wednesday, and is a senior official of Rabbis for Human Rights, which provided testimonies for the Goldstone report.

Against this very busy background, Rabbi Riskin has stated that Judaism as a whole and the Western Wall in particular are too important and precious to be left in the sole possession of Orthodox Jews. A video of his and his two colleagues’ statements was produced by Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah, a religious Zionist movement whose stated mission is “to forge a more open and tolerant discourse in Religious Zionism, one that integrates a halakhic lifestyle with active engagement in Israeli society, in order to strengthen tolerance, equality, and social responsibility on the national level.”

Rabbi Lau added, on the same video, that “we must give everyone a feeling of being at home [at the Kotel].” The Kotel is not sectarian, it is the heart of the Jewish people, he argued, and so every single individual from the Jewish diaspora must find a home there.

Rabbi Lubitsch, leader of Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah, also supports a solution to the needs of non-Orthodox Jews at the Kotel, even though, as he puts it, “It would have been better had they recognized everybody from the start.”

The movement’s campaign will be launched next week, on the 7th of the month of Cheshvan, which marks a unique point of cooperation between the Jews of Israel and diaspora. Even though the Jewish rainy season began on the holiday of Shmini Atzeret, at the end of Sukkot, the rabbis ruled that prayers for rain be suspended for two weeks, to allow the pilgrims who celebrated the holidays in Jerusalem time to return to their homes in Babylon.

Reform Rabbi Gilad Kariv, CEO of the Israeli Reform Movement congratulated the rabbis on their courage and sense of responsibility, and told Ynet that he has no doubt that “a large religious Zionist majority supports their approach, rather than the severe and separatist approach of the Haredi establishment.”

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New Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Train Line to Reach Temple Mount / Western Wall, Just in Time for Moshiach

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

The new upcoming high-speed train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will also stop at the Western Wall, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz announced Tuesday.

The line will end with a tunnel reaching around the Old City to a terminal close to the Western Wall, he told a meeting with officials from the Transportation and Finance ministries, according to the Hebrew-language Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

There has also been some discussion about an extension of the current Jerusalem Light Rail north to Neve Yaakov, and south to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

Such an extension is intended to relieve crowding at the main station in Jerusalem, making it easier for Israelis and foreigners, locals and tourists, to reach the Western Wall. In addition, once the Third Temple is rebuilt, it will allows Jews around the country to easily and quickly travel to the Jewish people’s holiest site for the holidays.

The Mikdash Movement praised Minister Katz, who is also a Kohen, for the plans for extend the train to the Temple Mount.

Katz also said, “This will allow thousands of workers to commute to Jerusalem, and to arrive in the capital quickly and comfortably.”

The project has been in the works since 2001. Projected to cost an estimated NIS 7 billion ($1.8 billion), it’s expected to reduce travel time on the train line between the two cities from 78 to 28 minutes. The original Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway line was built during the reign of the Ottoman Empire.

The train is expected to be ready for passenger travel by Passover 2018, just in time to bring the Pascal sacrifice.

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Could this be the Third Temple train stop?
Original photo by: Zack Wajsgras/Flash90
Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Jewish Leaders Furious at UNESCO Rejection of Jewish Ties to Jerusalem

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Jewish Israeli leaders and lawmakers from both sides of the political spectrum, and from the top on down, were furious Thursday at the passage of the resolution by UNESCO — the cultural arm of the United Nations — rejecting any Jewish ties to the Temple Mount.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed the resolution 24-6, with 26 abstentions, (2 were absent) naming the Temple Mount only by its Arabic name, and makes reference solely to Al Aqsa Mosque and Haram Al-Sharif, and calling the Western Wall Plaza the Al Buraq Plaza. Its Hebrew name, the Kotel, is mentioned in quotation marks.

The move completely negates the hundreds of archaeological artifacts found in the Old City of Jerusalem in the area of the Western Wall, and among the rubble that was discarded by the Islamic Waqf during its unauthorized construction on the Temple Mount. Many are discoveries that have unequivocally substantiated the Biblical accounts written in the Books of the Old Testament.

No Disagreement Among People of Israel Opposition leader and Labor Party chairman Isaac Herzog accused the UN agency in a Facebook post of rewriting history, distorting the facts and “completely inventing a fantasy” in claiming the Western Wall and the Temple Mount have no connection to the Jewish People.

He called the resolution a “terrible lie” that only “serves to increase hatred.” And to those who might be tempted to divide and conquer, he warned, on this matter, “there is no disagreement among the people of Israel.”

‘Shameful, Embarrassing’ Fellow Laborite Eitan Cabel labeled the resolution “anti-Zionist, shameful and embarrassing,” in a blast similar to that of President Reuven Rivlin, who also called it an “embarrassment.”

Speaking from his Jerusalem residence, Rivlin told media, “No forum or body in the world can come and deny the connection between the Jewish people, the Land of Israel and Jerusalem, and any such body that does so is simply embarrassing itself.

“We can understand criticism, but you cannot change history.”

Jewish Home Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel urged the government to seize the moment to increase Jewish activity on the Temple Mount.

“Especially now, it’s on us as a government to act in defiance of these decisions and to strengthen the Temple Mount and the Jewish presence on the site holiest to the Jewish people,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

Security Exercise at Western Wall Ahead of Tuesday’s National Defense Drill

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Jerusalem District Police and other security personnel gathered at various areas around the Western Wall around midnight Monday night, sealing off all entrances to the plaza where pious Jews are known to pray at all hours of the day and night.

The move came in advance of the upcoming Jewish high holy days, and as part of the national security defense drill that officially starts throughout the country on Tuesday. It’s just easier to carry out security drills at midnight at the Western Wall — and thereby avoid worldwide panic — because that’s when almost no one else is around. At least, that’s when the tourists aren’t around. And Israelis are used to security drills.

“All the entrances and exits in and out of the Kotel (Western Wall) Plaza have been closed off,  hermetically sealed,” complained one resident of the Old City who asked on an internet chat if anyone else knew what was going on.  “Some kind of operation is underway,” another answered.  A second writer said a security exercise was taking place at the Western Wall and surrounds. Within a very few minutes, however, it was all over and the human traffic was flowing freely through the ancient alleyways once more.

On Tuesday, Israel’s Home Front Command begins a national security exercise for the entire country. Red Alert air raid sirens will activate at various times throughout the country, depending on where in Israel the reader lives.  Each community will  have two opportunities to “practice” making a beeline for one’s safe space or bomb shelter, once in the morning and once in the evening.

The IDF urges each citizen to participate in the exercise and take the opportunity to become familiar with the routine of accessing your safe space and the issues involved in getting there, and staying there.

Readers are advised to check the Home Front Command website to determine what time your Red Alert activation is set to begin. To find out more about the exercise, and to access the Home Front Command site, click here.

Hana Levi Julian

Lords of the Dance

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Hareidi children dance at the Kotel in the Old City of Jerusalem on September 18, 2016.

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Selichot at the Kotel

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Sephardic Jews start saying Selichot a month before Rosh Hashana.

Here is what Selichot looked like at the Kotel in 2013.

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