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Moshe Feiglin: Netanyahu Has Conceded Temple Mount [video]

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has conceded sovereignty over the Temple Mount to Jordan, and the holy site is being overrun by jihadists, Likud MP and Jewish Leadership chairman Moshe Feiglin wrote on his Facebook page Thursday.

The Prime Minister announced on Thursday that following protests from Jordan over a new bridge for non-Muslims leading from the Western Wall Plaza to the Temple Mount, he ordered its removal.

His office stated, “There was a structure built without proper authority; there is no real need for this structure. When the Jordanians approached us, we of course agreed. There was no objective reason to have it there in first place. Everyone understands the sensitivity of the area and there’s no logical reason to add extra sources of friction.”

MK Moshe Feiglin wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday, “About half a year ago I submitted a Knesset query to PM Netanyahu on the topic of Israel’s loss of sovereignty on the Temple Mount and its transfer to Jordan. This query has not yet been addressed.

“But yesterday, it became clear that PM Binyamin Netanyahu is transferring the sovereignty on the Temple Mount to Jordan in practice.

“The only approach for non-Muslims to the Temple Mount is via the Mugrabim Gate, overlooking the Western Wall. Following an earthquake, the original approach to the gate collapsed in 2004. The government had planned to build a new stone bridge to the Mugrabim Gate, but capitulated to world pressure and sufficed with a rickety, temporary wooden bridge.

“Engineers from the Jerusalem Municipality declared the temporary bridge unsafe, and over the past few weeks a new, safer wooden bridge has been built under the older bridge. Jordan, however, demanded that the bridge be removed and yesterday, work to dismantle it began.

“This capitulation to the Jordanian demand and the dismantling of a safety bridge that was erected over the Western Wall Plaza (it is not even on the Temple Mount) testifies to the fact that the PM has indeed conceded Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount.

“When ISIS and Hamas flags fly freely on the Temple Mount and when the Prime Minister transfers sovereignty on the Mount to radical Islam, Israel’s hold on the Negev, Galil and mixed Jewish-Arab cities is lost.

“ISIS flags can already be seen in Sachnin and Taibeh, Arab towns in northern Israel. The PM’s demonstration of weakness encourages Israel’s enemies in the south and north, infusing them with hope to continue to fight us.”

Israel Researchers Discover Some of Western Wall Stones Wearing Away

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Erosion in fine-grained limestones at the Western Wall is up to 100 times faster than other stones that have almost not eroded at all in 2,000 years ago stones, according to Hebrew University researchers.

The Kotel is not in danger of collapsing, but some of the stones have receded by several inches.

The erosion of some stones is good news for people placing prayer notes in the wall’s cracks and crevices, but presents a problem for engineers concerned about the structure’s stability.

To calculate the erosion in the different kinds of limestone that make up the Western Wall, a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the courtyard of the Holy Temple, researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem used a laser scan to create an accurate three-dimensional computer model.

As reported in an article accepted for publication in the journal Geology, researchers Dr. Simon Emmanuel and PhD student Mrs. Yael Levenson found that stones made up of relatively large crystals were resistant to wear, so that they were almost unchanged in the 2000 years since they were originally put in place. By contrast, limestone with very small crystals (about one thousandth of a millimeter in size) eroded far more quickly.

In some cases, extreme erosion rates in fine-grained micritic limestone blocks were up to 100 times faster than the average rates estimated for the coarse-grained limestone blocks. In some places, these stones had receded by at least a foot, potentially weakening the overall structure.

To understand what causes the two types of rock to behave differently, the researchers collected samples from ancient quarries thought to have supplied the stones for the Second Temple. Using a powerful atomic force microscope, they were able to see how the rocks disintegrated when they came into contact with water. During the experiments on rocks made up of small crystals, tiny particles rapidly detached from the surface of the rock. These experiments simulated the way in which rain water interacts with limestone in nature.

Observed for the first time in Dr. Emmanuel’s lab, this process of accelerated erosion can explain why some rocks are more weathered than others. While mechanical weathering is thought to act on blocks and chips of rock at the visible outcrop scale, the researchers showed for the first time that chemo-mechanical erosion extends down to the tiny micron scale. The findings could have important implications for regional and global carbonate weathering.

“Understanding such weathering processes could help guide the development of effective preservation techniques,” according to Dr. Emmanuel.“ For example, it may be possible to develop materials that slow the rate of erosion by binding the tiny crystals in the rock together. Advanced engineering techniques like this should assist efforts to protect not only the Western Wall, but other cultural heritage sites in Israel and around the world.”

Arabs on Temple Mount Sit on Chairs Stolen from Kotel and Curse Jews

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Several of the Arabs who cursed Jews on the Temple Mount Wednesday were sitting on chairs stolen from the Western Wall, where they were donated in memory of an American-Israel doctor and his daughter who were murdered in a terrorist attack 11 years ago.

Police prevented the Jews from trying to take the chairs back to the Western Wall but promised they would make sure the return is carried out. The spokesman for the police told The Jewish Press he is not aware of the incident and although he will try to find out if the chairs were returned, he doubts he will be to succeed, at least not today.

A dedication the back of the chair states, “Donated in memory of Rabbi Dr. David Yaakov HaLevi Applebaum, may God avenge his blood, and his daughter Naava Applebaum, may God avenge her blood, who were murdered in Jerusalem on Elul 3, 5773.”

They were among the victims in the September 9, 2003 suicide bombing at the Café Hillel restaurant in Jerusalem, where the American-born doctor took his daughter for a meal the night before her planned wedding.

The question remains how police allowed the Muslims to bring the chairs to the Temple Mount while they carefully search Jews to make sure they do not bring forbidden objects, such as an Israeli flag or a prayer book.

If you see a brick missing from the Western Wall the Kotel, you know where it was taken.

Comparative Religion Studies

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Today’s class will be a quick one.

In the top half of the photo, we observe hundreds of religious Muslim women on the Temple Mount, cursing at Jews, and praising the kidnapping of 3 Jewish boys.

In the bottom half of the photo, we observe hundreds of Jewish women at the Kotel, crying and praying to God for the safe return of the 3 kidnapped boys.

If you understand the difference, give yourself an ‘A’.

Class dismissed.

Overnight Prayers for Kidnapped Boys at Western Wall

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Mass prayers were held overnight Saturday night at the Western Wall for the safe return of the three kidnapped boys.

Israel’s two chief rabbis, Rabbi David Lau and Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, led thousands of worshippers in reciting the sacred words beginning at 12:30 a.m.

The rabbis prayed for the safe return of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Sha’ar and Eyal Yifrach, who have been missing since Thursday night after being abducted by a terrorist organization while on their way home from yeshiva in the Gush Etzion area of Judea.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned that Palestinian Authority unity government chairman Mahmoud Abbas is being held personally responsible for the safety of the three boys.

Do You Need a Meal For Shavuos?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Chuck Leavell (r), a keyboard player touring with the Rolling Stones, and his wife, took a selfie picture with Jeff Seidel (c) at the Kotel on Tuesday.

And here’s Jeff with Charlie Watts, drummer for The Rolling Stones:

Jeff Seidel and Charlie Watts. Photo by: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Jeff Seidel and Charlie Watts.
Photo by: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Jeff, a regular fixture at the Kotel, is best known for finding last minute Shabbat meals for young Jews visiting the Kotel on Friday night, so they can experience what a real Shabbos actually is (as well as for his saddle shoes).

Rabbi Rabinowitz to Pope: ‘The People of Israel Live On, in the Land of Israel’

Monday, May 26th, 2014

JERUSALEM – After a visit at the Dome of the Rock and after descending from the Temple Mount Pope Francis visited the Western Wall (Kottel) today (May 26), where he prayed and placed a note among the Kotel’s stones.

Before approaching the Holy site the Pope received a briefing on the history of the Temple Mount by a guide using a three dimensional map. The Pope heard of the two Jewish Temples, their destruction, and the evolving architecture of the Temple Mount. Pope Francis was then addressed by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Kotel and the Holy Sites, and heard him speak proudly of the Jews’ history, of their exile and redemption.

“The Jerusalem you have arrived at, honored Pope, is not only the physical Jerusalem. It is also the Jerusalem of dreams; the dream of millions of Jews throughout two thousand long years of exile. Jerusalem is a dream that has been realized; we are still walking in it as dreamers, expecting the full realization of the dream,” said Rabbi Rabinowitz. Relating to the destruction of the Second Temple, Rabbi Rabinowitz spoke of Titus’s Arch in Rome, which depicts the exile of the Jews.

“It is true, Titus succeeded in taking the Menorah (candelabrum) and the tools of the Temple; but the light of faith, and the hope to return to the land of our fathers, he was not successful in extinguishing,” he remarked. “We have traveled a long road on the way home; we have journeyed from the four corners of the land.”

Possibly hinting to Christian persecution, Rabbi Rabinowitz said: “For two thousand years we have had our fill of scorn and sadness, but every day we prayed and believed ‘Next year in Jerusalem.’ We merited a great miracle to return here after a long exile and a horrifying Holocaust. Thank God, the People of Israel live on, in the Land of Israel.”

Noting a long list of Jews who immigrated to Israel throughout its history, Rabbi Rabinowitz remarked that throughout the exile Jews continued believing in their status as the chosen nation, not out of arrogance but out of a commitment to the nation’s mission to serve God. Finally, quoting the vision of the prophets, he read from the Book of Isaiah : “And many peoples shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” Rabbi Rabinowitz concluded with a request. Referring to global anti-Semitism, Rabbi Rabinowitz said: “I would like to address – together with you – the believers of all religions, asking them to fight hatred and anti-Semitism which has increases more and more. Only two days ago we have felt it again, and the voices that are heard all the time do not bring good tidings. We will raise to them from Jerusalem a blessing of peace.”

The Pope received a simultaneous translation of Rabbi Rabinowitz’s wors.

After hearing Rabbi Rabinowitz’s speech, the Pope placed a note in the Wall, and then signed a visitor’s book where he expressed his thanks and quoted the prophet Isaiah: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” The Pope received a book from Rabbi Rabinowitz on the Temple and its heritage.

Parallel to the Pope’s visit, The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, which educates about the Temple and actually prepares for the building of the Third Temple, released a statement demanding that the Pope return the vessels of the Temple. Under the title ‘Give Back the Vessels’, the statement read: “Today the Pope is in Jerusalem, and we demand: Return at once the Holy Temple vessels stolen by Titus in 70 CE and later hidden away in the Vatican where they have remained for over 1000 years. In your own words, Pope Francis, the situation is “increasingly unacceptable.” Return the stolen vessels at once!”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rabbi-rabinowitz-to-pope-the-people-of-israel-live-on-in-the-land-of-israel/2014/05/26/

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