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February 19, 2017 / 23 Shevat, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Temple Mount’

Israel to Place Permanent ‘Arch of Titus’ Exhibit at UNESCO in Paris

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Israel has announced will erect a replica of the Arch of Titus as an exhibit at the UN Education, Science and Cultural Organization in Paris to remind the world that the historical truth of Jewish history was engraved in stone by a non-Jewish ruler 600 years before Islam appeared in the world.

The exhibit, to be created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will display the seven-branched Menorah that was carried into exile, out of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, by the Jewish slaves who were captured by the Romans.

The replica will also include a written explanation in English, French, Hebrew and Arabic.

Israeli Ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama HaCohen, came to an agreement about the exhibit with UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova.

“The decision to place the scene from the Arch of Titus — which depicts Jews, the Menorah and other holy symbols following the destruction of the Second Temple going into exile — in UNESCO presents an objective, historical truth engraved in stone by a non-Jewish ruler 600 years before the appearance of Islam in the world,” HaCohen told the Hebrew-language Ynet site.

“The exhibit and the statue are not meant to be a competition for Jerusalem or to hurt another religion’s connection to their holy place.

“This is just an additional step in explaining the truth that we were expelled from the Temple Mount by force, to the coalition of lies of the Palestinians and Arab countries who claim we were never there and have no holy connection,” he added.

A special ceremony marking its presentation will be held with ambassadors from around the world. After discussions with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Foreign Ministry’s Tender Committee approved a budget of NIS 45,000 ($11,998) for the project.

Hana Levi Julian

IAA to Inaugurate New Mikvah Path at the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

A new path running among two-thousand year old ritual baths that were used by pilgrims visiting the Temple Mount is to be inaugurated at the Ophel site of the Davidson Center Archaeological Park, in the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park.

The mikvah path, which is experiential, circular and modular, was constructed and conserved in recent years by the Israel Antiquities Authority with the help of a generous donation from Kevin Bermeister. The path has been highlighted and in that way it can be better understood within the historical and archaeological complexity of the Ophel site, which was continuously inhabited from the Iron Age to the Crusader period.

The mikvah path at the Davidson Center Archaeological Park

The mikvah path at the Davidson Center Archaeological Park

The accepted interpretation of the Biblical word “ophel” (derived from the Hebrew lehaʽapil-to ascend) is an elevated portion of the city where a king resided or an administrative center was situated, which was probably both high and concealed.

In Jerusalem, the ascent was from the south: pilgrims ascended – both physically and spiritually – from the Pool of Siloam by way of the City of the David to the Ophel and its ritual baths, and from there to the Temple Mount. At the same time, festivities and events departed to this area from the Temple Mount in the north. Thus the Ophel constituted an area of transition between the secular and the sacred and the sacred and the secular, the pinnacle of a personal, religious and national journey that took place three times a year at Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

Visitors to the new mikvah path will walk over bridges and stairs that “float” in between the ruins of buildings and installations, and will be accompanied by archaeological, historical and halakhic explanations. In this way they will be able to learn about the characteristics of ritual baths and their role in Jewish society of the Second Temple period in general, and in this area, of the pilgrims route in particular. The route is flanked by shade stations, observation points and gathering areas.

The mikvah path at the Davidson Center Archaeological Park

The mikvah path at the Davidson Center Archaeological Park

A ritual bath is a water installation that is unique to the Jewish tradition. Its spiritual-religious purpose is to cleanse the bather of the impurity of the dead. The halakhic principles of its construction were developed in the Second Temple period, as put down in writing in the Miva’ot tractate of the Mishnah. The arrival of tens of thousands of pilgrims who were lodged in the city during the pilgrimage festivals necessitated an infrastructure capable of supplying enough water for all of them.

For hundreds of years after the destruction of the Second Temple Jews were forbidden from residing in Jerusalem, and the city’s non-Jewish inhabitants utilized the abandoned baths for their own purposes as water cisterns, storage spaces, or quarries.

The mikvah path at the Davidson Center Archaeological Park

The mikvah path at the Davidson Center Archaeological Park

The first part of the new path is the “descent,” where the visitor descends south alongside the southern Ottoman wall outside the Temple Mount, as if on a “time line,” to areas that provide an in-depth illustration of the finds, including an exhibit of stone vessels and an explanation about the purification of vessels, clothes and objects. On the way the visitor learns about the religious laws concerning the mikvah, its operation and the water cisterns.

The second part of the path is the “ascent,” where the visitor goes up alongside sights and explanations, on an experiential route, the pinnacle of which is the exciting vista of the monumental Hulda stairs and the double gate on the southern wall of the Temple Mount. A Jew who arrived at this point in antiquity would enter the sacred compound and fulfill the mitzvah of the pilgrimage.

Curator: Nirit Shalev-Khalifa; Design and Production: Ofer Kotler; Architecture: Hana Gribetz; Conservation Architect: Shahar Puni; Scientific Consultation and Writing: the late Dr. David Amit, and Dr.Yuval Baruch. The creation of the path was made possible by a donation from the Breimeister family and at the initiative of Jerusalem 5800, in memory of the late Avraham Haim Ben-Ze’ev and Leah Bat Dov Ber.


PLO Outraged at UN Secretary-General Over Jerusalem ‘Bias’

Monday, January 30th, 2017

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has already managed to upset members of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority with his alleged “bias” over Jerusalem.

PLO executive committee member Ahmad Majdalani complained to media Sunday that the UN Secretary-General has shown the international body is “untrustworthy” as a body that should support occupied peoples.

Majdalani’s contention came in response to remarks by Gutteres during an interview Friday on Israel Radio. The UN Secretary-General said it’s “completely clear that the Temple destroyed by the Romans in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple.” He added that there is no doubt that the city of Jerusalem is holy to all three of the major monotheistic faiths.

Moreover, Gutteres said he has no intention of pushing for a peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, although he did say that he “believes in the two-states solution” and would help the parties reach that goal – if he were asked.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely praised the UN secretary-general, for “standing up for the historical truth regarding the Temple Mount and the historical connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem,” she said in a statement. “You cannot cut off a 3,000-year-deep connection between the people of Israel, and Jerusalem.”

Palestinian Authority Jerusalem Affairs Minister Adnan al-Husseini responded in a statement to the Xinhua news agency, saying Gutteres had “ignored UNESCO’s decision that considered the Al Aqsa Mosque to be of pure Islamic heritage.” He added that the UN secretary-general had “violated all legal, diplomatic and humanitarian customs, and had overstepped his role as UN secretary-general.”

Al-Husseini insisted Gutteres “must issue an apology to the Palestinian people.”

Hana Levi Julian

Rosh Chodesh Shevat Message from the Temple Mount

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute ascended the Temple Mount on the second day of the new month of Shevat and shared an inspired message about the essence of the month of Shevat and its connection to the rebuilding of the Holy Temple!

Video of the Day

Why I Chained Myself to the Temple Mount

Friday, January 13th, 2017


Don’t Bury Me in Hackensack!! As Jacob is on his deathbed in Egypt, he makes his son Joseph swear to bring his remains to the Land of Israel. But why not be buried in Egypt? Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Rabbi Yishai for “Spiritual Cafe” where they discuss Jacob’s final blessings, Joseph’s promise that a redeemer will come, and a wrap-up on the whole book of Genesis.

Then, Yisrael Medad, Educational and Information Resources Director at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, joins Yishai to discuss Jewish rights in Jerusalem, the potential US Embassy move, and why he was arrested on the Temple Mount in 1979.

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Moshe Herman

Kerry, PA, Muslim Preachers, Warn Against Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

The Palestinian Authority on Friday instructed the mosques under its supervision in Judea and Samaria to dedicate their sermons to the possibility that the US would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as promised by President-elect Donald Trump during his campaign.

The PA official TV channel broadcast segments of sermons imams had delivered throughout Judea and Samaria against the move. One Imam called it a blatant attack on the Muslim religion and on history. Another said it would violate the holy sites and the Al Aqsa mosque. Other called on the Islamic nation to awaken in light of the great offense.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Friday condemned attempts by the incoming Republican president to move the American embassy, saying such a move would send the Middle East peace process and the entire world into a “crisis.”

Soon to no longer be Secretary of State John Kerry also warned on Friday about “an absolute explosion” in the Middle East following Trump’s moving the embassy to Jerusalem. In a language disturbingly similar to the threats by the PA Imams and the PA chairman, Kerry, speaking to CBS News, assured Trump that “You’d have an explosion – an absolute explosion in the region, not just in the West Bank and perhaps even in Israel itself, but throughout the region. The Arab world has enormous interest in the Haram al-Sharif, as it is called, the Temple Mount, the Dome [of the Rock], and it is a holy site for the Arab world.”

“And if all of a sudden Jerusalem is declared to be the location of our embassy,” Kerry complained, warning that such a move “has issues of sovereignty, issues of law that it would deem to be affected by that move and by the United States acquiescing in that move, and that would have profound impact on the readiness of Jordan and Egypt to be able to be as supportive and engaged with Israel as they are today.”

Perhaps. On the other hand, it’s more likely that the embassy move, which was promised by presidential Candidate Barack Obama back in 2008 (at an AIPAC conference – and he took it back the next day) is less disturbing to Jordan and Egypt than the growing instability of both regimes, for which they would desperately need support from the US and from Israel.

Abbas, for his part, said that although he is a man of peace, his administration would use “diplomatic and political methods” against moving the embassy. “I demand the American administration stop its duality in dealing with the political process, especially concerning talks of moving the American embassy to Jerusalem,” Abbas insisted. “We consider this aggressive speech that contradicts the political efforts underway on the Palestinian situation, which includes a solution where East Jerusalem remains as Palestine’s capital.”

Incidentally, speaking later to CNN, even Kerry couldn’t deny that having the American embassy in Jerusalem was the right thing to do. “We support the embassy being there one day,” Kerry said. “We want that to happen. But we have opposed unilaterally moving it without resolving the other surrounding issues.”

Next year in Jerusalem? Possibly.


Conversations With Heroes – From Yeshiva Boys Choir to Soloist and Scholar [audio]

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

This week, musician and tour guide Gili Houpt is in the studio to take us on tour of his incredible life from suburban New Jersey to New York City’s music scene and at last to the Land of his Soul – Israel! He tells Heather about auditioning for, and touring with the famous Yeshiva Boys Choir, and his grownup life as a singer-songwriter in Manhattan with a huge following.

Now a husband and father, Gili talks about his young family’s move to Israel, followed by an intensive two-year training regimen to earn certification as a licensed tour guide with Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. These days, he weaves his music into many of the tours he leads around Israel for celebrities, dignitaries, and civilians like us.

In addition to his great insights about the holiest nooks and crannies on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Gili explains the policy at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, which was set up to ensure that Jews and Muslims may peacefully pray at this holy site.

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All music on today’s program was written and performed by Gili Houpt.

You can email Gili Houpt at: tourguide2israel@gmail.com

Check out Gili’s Facebook page, “Gili Houpt” to hear some of his music and see remarkable images of his guided tours.

Conversations With Heroes 04Jan2017 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

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