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Yehuda Etzion Arrested on Temple Mount for Moving his Hands [video]

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Israeli police arrested and removed Yehuda Etzion from the Temple Mount, claiming he was moving his hands in prayer while walking on the Jewish holy site, according to a Honenu lawyer.

Etzion did not resist arrest, but he didn’t make it easy for the police to carry him away either. Arabs cursed “Allahu Achbar” as he was carried away.

Etzion has a long history with the Temple Mount. In 1984, he was arrested for being part of an underground that plotted to blow up the Golden Dome.

It was only a week ago that his 30 year restriction on going up to the Temple Mount was removed.

As the old joke goes, if a Jew is moving his hands, he is obviously talking.

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Two Arrested for Temple Mount Prayers

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Two people were arrested by Israeli police on Monday morning for praying on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, according to TPS reports.

The first man arrested was a Rabbi from Beit Shemesh who said the “Aleinu L’Shabeach” prayer, one of the oldest prayers in Judaism.

He has since been released and a court hearing has been scheduled for him.

The second person arrested said a “Mishaberach l’Cholim” (Prayer for the sick).

He’s currently still in custody.

Both are being assisted by lawyers from Honeinu.

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Nursing Jewish Mother Kicked Off Temple Mount

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

(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.”

[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?

JNi.Media

Hareidi and National Religious Jews in Massive Prayer at Kotel Today

Monday, October 12th, 2015

A mammoth unity prayer rally is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. EDT) Monday to ask God for protection and deliverance from the recent reign of Arab terror.

The organizers said:

In these days of terror and attacks on Jews, the need for unity is one of the first values that we must display with more prayers to God.

Leading rabbis from the national religious and Hareidi sectors will attend the prayer rally.

Relatives of those murdered by Arab terrorists, including those of victims who were on their way to the Western Wall to pray, will say the mourner’s prayer (Kaddish) at the Western Wall.

It would be a good idea if all Jews, regardless of whether they consider themselves religious or not, join the unity prayers.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Kapparot ‘Sacrificial Chicken’ Ritual Gets Green Light in New York

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

The much-embattled Jewish ritual of using a purchased, donated live chicken as a “kapparah,” or sacrifice with which to absolve one’s sins before Yom Kippur has been given a green light in New York.

The purchased chicken is returned to the organization after completing the prayer and is then ritually slaughtered and donated to the poor for food. In some communities money has replaced the rite where chickens have become unavailable or where politics have made the issue so unpalatable that it community leaders no longer have the energy to cope with the fallout.

State Supreme Court Justice Debra James decided against a petition by The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, ruling there was insufficient evidence to prove the ritual a public nuisance, the New York Post reported last week.

The lawsuit was filed this past July and named several rabbis, synagogues, the New York Police Department and New York City as well. It accused the NYC Health Department and the NYPD of aiding and abetting in the ritual by blocking off streets and sidewalks, and not enforcing city and state health and animal cruelty laws.

Various animal rights organizations, including PETA at one point, have annually made the same attempt.

Rabbi Shea Hecht, chairman of the board of the Chabad-Lubavitch-linked National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE), told JewishPress.com in a phone call on Sunday the organization is greatly relieved the judge upheld the ancient custom.

“We are very happy and proud that the Judge held up our Constitutional rights, which are based on freedom of religion, and has allowed us to keep this ancient minhag (custom). Although we recognize that this issue is not over,” he added, “we are thankful to God that we have the opportunity to carry out this important mitzvah to its fullest measure.”

The ritual is carried out as follows:

The live chicken is held above one’s head, and then slowly moved around in three sets of three circles as the petitioner recites a prayer that speaks of the “shadow of death… foolish sinners, afflicted because of their sinful ways and their wrongdoings.”

At no time is it considered permissible to handle the bird roughly, nor is it permissible to torment or upset the bird in any way, which itself is considered the separate sin of tza’ar ba’alei chaim (causing distress to a live creature of God).

The prayer (a brief excerpt follows) goes on to urge repentance, and describe how to expiate one’s sins on the day before Yom Kippur.

“They cry out to the Lord in their distress; He saves them from their afflictions. Redeem him from going down to the grave; I have found expiation [for him]… This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my expiation. This rooster/hen shall go to its death and I shall proceed to a good, long life and peace.”

Hana Levi Julian

Momentum Building for “Day of Jewish Unity” Ahead of Congress Iran Vote

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

— COMMUNICATED —

With the consequential Congressional vote on the Iran nuclear deal merely a week or 2 away, an estimated 500,000 Jews from throughout the world are preparing to participate in an extraordinary “Day of Jewish Unity” on Tuesday, September 8. Participants in this historic event will unite to pray for the safety and well-being of the Jewish nation.

If the Iran deal is approved in its present form, there is a prevailing sense that it would place the Jewish people in harm’s way and pose a grave threat to democracies worldwide. As a result, Jews across the religious spectrum will take part in this special global event by reciting Chapters 20 and 130 of Psalms anytime between the hours of 7am and 12pm EDT on September 8.

The momentum is growing and the excitement is building as the “Day of Jewish Unity” has embarked on a major campaign to alert people about this unique opportunity to engage in a remarkable display of unity and prayer. In addition to an expansive social media campaign that is gaining a huge amount of traction for the event on September 8, there is a major national ad buy totaling approximately $150,000 in Jewish newspapers and radio stations across the United States to further publicize the event.

In addition, a specially produced video about the “Day of Jewish Unity” has been viewed more than 38,000 times by people around the world over the past several days since it was released online (the video can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/1655593341320154/videos/p.1656422784570543/1656422784570543/?type=2&theater&notif_t=like.) The video has elicited anti-Semitic and virulent comments from hate-mongers, such as “Death to Israel,” which, according to organizers of the event, further highlights the need for Jews to come together and pray for divine intervention to combat the dangers that they presently face.

Several dozen businesses from throughout North America and Israel have already committed to participate in the “Day of Jewish Unity.” Employees at these companies will be encouraged by their employers to set aside time during their work day on September 8 in order to recite two chapters of Psalms and join with an expected half-million people worldwide who will be praying for the welfare of the Jewish nation in light of the proposed Iran nuclear deal.

In conjunction with this extraordinary “Day of Jewish Unity,” a delegation of rabbis and community leaders will travel to Radin in Belarus on September 8 in order to pray at the grave of the Chofetz Chaim, who was the beloved and revered leader of world Jewry in pre-war Europe. At the same time as the delegation will be praying at the gravesite of this renowned rabbi and respected scholar, Jews throughout the world – men, women and children of all ages, and of all backgrounds – will join together to recite the two chapters of Psalms in an attempt to deflect the acute danger that would result from allowing Iran a path to obtain nuclear warheads.

“As we face the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, we are seeing an incredible display of Jewish pride and unity as people from around the world are coming together to rely on our faith and engage in prayer in order to avert disaster and persevere,” said Rabbi Motty Kroizer, international director of Acheinu, the organization coordinating this initiative. “As people understand the gravity of the situation and comprehend the serious danger that exists if Iran is permitted to continue its pursuit of a nuclear weapon, they recognize that this is a time of crisis and we need to act together now.”

It is also noteworthy that the Congressional vote is scheduled to take place in proximity to the High Holidays, which are an appropriate time for repentance, reflection and prayer.

To learn more about the “Day of Jewish Unity” and to pledge to participate in this special global event, go to www.DayOfJewishUnity.com.

Jewish Press Staff

Court Bans Yehuda Glick from Temple Mount because He Has a Camera

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Did you know that a camera is a tool of incitement?

The High Court on Thursday accepted a lower court ruling that Rabbi Yehuda Glick cannot visit the Temple Mount, and it refused to hold a hearing on his appeal.

It simply accepted the lower court’s decision that puts its stamp of approval on the argument by police:

The fact the Yehuda Glick ascends the Temple Mount with a camera proves he not just an innocent visitor.

Glick is the Number One enemy of the police on the Temple Mount. He never shouts, never incites and never raises a hand. That is just the type of peaceful Jew on the Temple Mount that the police and liberal establishment media cannot tolerate.

They prefer someone with a snarl on his face and words of hate on his lips.

Glick is a tough customer, but the police finally got the goods on him: He always takes a camera with him.

Photographing  Muslims in a rage against a Jew visiting the Temple Mount, especially one like Glick who believes that Jews should have the right to pray at the holy site, as provided in general terms in the Jordan-Israel peace treaty, could make problems because it is not good PR for the police, the Muslims and Jordan.

Even worse, Glick’s camera might catch the police running away from furious Muslims.

And since Glick’s appearance with a camera infuriates the Muslims, it is a tool of incitement.

Believe it or not, all of the judges have a degree in law.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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