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October 14, 2015 / 1 Heshvan, 5776
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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.

Stones Are Flying Both Ways This Time Around

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Stone-throwing can be deadly and with the decision of Sunday morning’s government cabinet meeting, will carry a heavy penalty for the perpetrator both in prison and in fines.

Until the present wave of terror, those who engaged in such attacks were nearly always Palestinian Arabs intent on the murder of Israeli Jews.

But not anymore.

On Saturday night several Jews were arrested in Kiryat Arba after they were caught throwing stones at Palestinian Arabs.

No injuries were reported.

On Sunday afternoon, Jerusalem district police received a call from an Arab man who works at a Jaffa Street store in the downtown area. The man reported that he was being attacked with pepper spray by a group of young Jewish women, and described the attackers.

Officers who arrived on the scene detained three suspects for questioning following a search of the area.

“The police call upon the public to act responsibly,” Jerusalem District Police said in a statement released subsequently. “The police will act with zero tolerance toward any violent incident or any attempt to harm public safety.”

Only 0.3% of Yearly Visitors to Temple Mount Are Jews

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Only 12.000 entries by Jews to the Temple Mount were recorded last year, compared with nearly 4,000,000 for Muslims, according to statistic provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

That comes out to 0.3 percent.

There also were approximately 200,000 entries by Christians.

So what is this business about the Jews taking over the Temple Mount?

Even if police were to allow more Jews to ascend the holy site, the numbers would not increase significantly. The Chief Rabbinate forbids entry to the holy site for reasons of Jewish law concerning impurity since the destruction of the Second Temple.

An increasing number of rabbis permit entry to certain areas, but the number of Jews who have an interest in visiting the Temple Mount, where there is no visible sign of the Temples, remains tiny.

The most noise from Jews on the Temple Mount has been created by those who have to remain silent because they are forbidden to pray out loud.

Police enforce the restriction placed by the Muslim authority on the site, even though it contradicts the principle of freedom of worship.

Thoughts are allowed, at least for now.

The Jordanian-Israeli Peace Treaty specifically cites the freedom of access to all people to holy sites and even implies that prayer is allowed. However, the “status quo” accepted by Israel shortly after the Six-Day War honors the Muslim limitations.

The Foreign Ministry stated:

The status quo protects the right of Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount, as well as the freedom of all people, whether Muslims, Christians, Jews or others, to visit the Mount. Visits

The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements … [and] includes the spread of false claims against Israel, in particular regarding the status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Authority, including its chairman Mahmoud Abbas, are using inflammatory Islamic rhetoric to spread false and malicious claims against Israel, and treat those who engage in the murder of Israelis as heroes…..

Radical Islamists are bringing explosive devices, Molotov cocktails and other weaponry onto the Temple Mount, thus deliberately desecrating, damaging and endangering the holy site and turning it into a battle field.

The militarization of a site revered by all should be universally condemned. The aim of these elements is to change the status quo and to prevent visits by non-Muslims on the Mount.

Israel has guaranteed freedom to Christians and Muslims to visit all of their holly sites in Judea and Samaria and areas of Jerusalem that were under Jordanian occupation until the Six-Day War in 1967.

Jordan did not allow Jews and Christians to visit their holy sites, except in rare circumstances when a foreign Christian leader traveled to Israel.

Jerusalem Arabs Indicted for Plot to Bring Pipe Bombs to Temple Mount

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Indictments have been filed against three Jerusalem Arabs, including one minor, who were involved in making pipe bombs to attack police on the Al Aqsa mosque and compound on the Temple Mount during the recent High Holidays.

A gag order on the arrests of the gang was lifted Friday. Two adults from Jabel Mukaber, an Arab hotbed of terror and adjacent to the Jewish neighborhood of Talpiot, were charged with buying equipment and explosives for the bombs.

The two Arabs took materials to the home of a minor, who made 13 pipe bombs, 10 of which that were discovered during a police raid before last month’s Rosh HaShanah holiday.

The other three bombs were smuggled and later discovered on the Temple Mount, where Muslims forbid Jews from bringing any objects that are considered religious.

Muslims have accused Israel of violating their freedom of worship by preventing them from ascending to the holy site.

If “freedom of worship” means praying with pipe bombs, they are right.

Pipe bombs that were made to attack police on the Temple Mount during the High Holidays.

Pipe bombs that were made to attack police on the Temple Mount during the High Holidays.

Palmyra ‘Arch of Triumph’ Latest Casualty of ISIS

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The Da’esh (ISIS) terror group has blown up another priceless archaeological treasure in its quest for the world’s attention.

According to Syrian chief of antiquities Ma’amoun Abdulkarim, the Arch of Triumph at the 2,000-year-old city of Palmyra was destroyed on Sunday, local witnesses attested.

The group had already blown up two temples at the Roman-era UNESCO World Heritage site, which it captured from Syrian government forces this past May.

Other monuments and historic buildings at the ancient site, which the group considers to be sacrilegious, have been mined.

“It’s as though there is a curse that has befallen this city,” Abdulkarim told Reuters. “I expect only news that will shock us. If the city remains in their hands the city is doomed.”

But he added that he does not believe the destruction is driven by idealism alone at this point.

“It is now wanton destruction … their acts of vengeance are no longer ideologically driven because they are now blowing up buildings with no religious meaning,” he said.

In August, the terrorists blew up two pagan temples – the temple of Ba’alshamin, and then the Temple of Bel – one of the best preserved Roman-era sites.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that Da’esh had demolished some of the best preserved of Palmyra’s funeral towers. These were sandstone mausoleums built to hold the remains of the ancient city’s richest families.

UNESCO — the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization — describes the Arch of Triumph that graced the colonade entryway to Palmyra as “an outstanding example of Palmyrene art.”

An outraged UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova called the destruction of Palmyra’s architectural gems by Da’esh, “a war crime.”

In August, the terrorists beheaded venerated chief archaeologist of the ancient city, 82-year-old Khaled Asa’ad, after interrogating him for more than a month.

Asa’ad was executed in a main square of the historic site. His body was then hung from one of the 2,000 year old columns, his family said.

Politically Correct: US Condemns ‘Tragic Stabbings in Jerusalem’

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

The U.S. State Dept. once again has condemned the murders of Jews by Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority Arabs without using the politically incorrect word “terror.”

A statement from Washington declared:

The United States strongly condemns all acts of violence, including the ‎tragic stabbing in the Old City of Jerusalem today that left two victims dead and two injured.

We call for all perpetrators of violence to be swiftly brought to justice.

We are very concerned about mounting tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem, including the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount, and call on all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and avoid escalating the situation.

Showers Expected Day after Prayers for Rain

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

The first rains of the winter season are expected on Tuesday, one day after Jews around the world begin adding to daily prayers that God “brings the wind and rain.”

The change is made during the prayers on Shemini Azereth, the same day that Simchat Torah is celebrated in Israel. In the Diaspora, the two holidays are marked on separate days, ending Tuesday night.

In Israel, a special request for rain is added to prayers two weeks later, while Jews in Diaspora make the change on December 4.

Precipitation is expected to begin after noon in the north and center of the country on Tuesday and spread to the Negev at night and on Wednesday. The heaviest rainfall is predicted for the Galilee area, in the north.

Weather models indicate another warming trend at the end of the week, but is may be followed by a longer respite from the long hot summer, one of the hottest on record.

Temperatures will rise on Friday through next Sunday, according to longer term indications, but cooler weather is possible from next Monday through the entire week.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/showers-expected-day-after-prayers-for-rain/2015/10/04/

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