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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.

The Future of Jerusalem Day

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Many Israelis recently celebrated Yom Yerushalayim, (“Jerusalem Day”), singing and dancing as they commemorated the recapture of Eastern Jerusalem, forty-seven years ago.

We all know what happened during those fateful moments towards the end of the Six Day War. Before the tears of joy had even dried on our cheeks, before the cries of “The Temple Mount is in our hands” abated, and before the soldiers and their officers had their photographs taken at the Wailing Wall, behind the scenes ready hands were stirring up an agreement that would transfer sovereignty over the Temple Mount to the Islamic Waqf.

The state officials could cope with the Wailing Wall―in fact it seemed that they wanted it very much―but the Temple site felt to them like a hot potato, to be tossed as quickly as possible into someone else’s hands. We have lived with the results for forty-seven years: we have a mountain, but no Temple. We have an external wall, but we do not have the power to pass through it―at least, not as Jews, with tefillin on our heads and a siddur in our hands.

Let’s meditate on this picture for a moment: we have sovereignty over the external side of the mountain, but at the very same time, we have abandoned its inner essence. We own the outside, but we’ve disowned the inside. This picture can serve as a parable for Zionism in general, and provide us with a hint how to progress forward.

The Secret of Kingdom

The goal of Zionism was to put Judaism back on the railroad track of political history. Jews had fostered individual lives, family, and congregation in an exemplary fashion, but we have forgotten how to function as a nation with a sovereign state. Zionism wanted a kingdom so to speak, and was determined to mobilize all the nation’s material and spiritual resources in order to acquire it. Yet, whether because they were distant from the path of Jewish tradition, or because they wished to rebel against it, the Zionist pioneers did not use tools that had been cast in a Jewish mold, but from the spirit of the non-Jewish model of a “nation state.”

According to the Torah’s inner dimension, the idea of the Jewish sovereignty is portrayed by one of the Kabbalistic sefirot – specifically, the final sefirah, referred to as malchut or “kingdom.”

Kabbalah describes the rectified sefirah of kingdom—which manifests in the figure of a monarch or more generally speaking a rectified leader—as being “proud on the outside and lowly on the inside.” In Hebrew, the psychological terms “pride” (גֵאוּת) and “lowliness” (שֶׁפֶל) are identical to the terms for “high tide” and “low tide”, suggesting that pride and lowliness are finely balanced; one is not possible without the other.

Similarly, the rectified leader must combine an external appearance of pride and self-importance, while balancing it with an inner lowliness of spirit. He should know how to demonstrate majesty and authority, but these attributes must be like external clothing (as the verse states, “God has reigned; He has dressed Himself with majesty”). On the inside, he must be infused with precisely the opposite experience, sensing profound lowliness, as if he were God’s slave, not a king. This is the combination that secures his success.

Filling the Empty Space

When we look at the birth of Zionism, we can describe it as a rebellion against a Judaism that rectified only the inner dimension of ‘kingdom’, in favor of the opposite extreme—an “Israelism” that only works on the exterior dimension of kingdom. Judaism in the Diaspora was infused with a great deal of lowliness and humility, bowing its head to God and patiently awaited the arrival of Mashiach. Zionism rejected that, shaking off the attribute of lowliness and exchanging it for a vision of national pride, taking our fate into our own hands and founding a strong, stable, but secular state.

Allah is a Curse Word

Friday, May 30th, 2014

As you can see in the video, Yishai Fleisher went up onto the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day.

Behind him and the scared policeman is a Hamas funded Arab mob – who, all they can do is yell, “Allah hu Akhbar” like a weapon.

Allah, isn’t a god to these Muslims, Allah is a weapon. Something to throw at people you hate and are scared of.

As Professor Mordechai Kedar pointed out, Muslims are afraid of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, because they believe it exposes their religion as a fraud.

So their response isn’t devout prayer. Instead, their response is angrily shouting the name of Allah – as a curse word.

Hamas Pays Temple Mount Rioters To Attack Jews

Friday, May 30th, 2014

A Hamas official captured by the Shabak (Israel’s General Security Service) last month spilled the beans during his interrogation on how Hamas operates and is funded, particularly in Jerusalem.

Mahmoud Toameh was caught trying to sneak into Israel from Jordan, the Shabak announced on Thursday.

One of the more important pieces of information Toameh revealed was how Hamas works with the Israeli-Arab Islamic Movement to keep Jews off the Temple Mount – the Jewish people’s holiest site.

Hamas pays hundreds of men between NIS 4000 to NIS 5000 a month to always be on the Temple Mount and to harass and throw stones at Jews who go up to visit the holy site.

JewishPress.com has published more than once these past few months, photos of Muslims waving Hamas flags on the Temple Mount, after rioting.

Toameh also linked the Islamic Movement’s Northern Division Raed Salah directly to Hamas.

One of the ways Hamas receives money from overseas is through real estate deals originating in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. Iran was a major funder of Hamas, until it couldn’t afford to anymore. But with international sanctions quickly falling by the wayside thanks to the US, that could quickly change, and we can once again see Tehran funding Hamas.

And of course, one is not surprised to learn that Hamas is also linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Islamist Temple Mount Rally to Rid Site of ‘Jewish Filth’

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Incitement that heats up the atmosphere among Muslim worshipers at the Temple Mount is a regular offering at the Al Aqsa Mosque — but the Israeli government has yet to do anything concrete to stop it.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has translated video footage of a rally held just last week at the mosque by a radical Islamist group, the Hizb ut-Tahrir Islamic Liberation Party.

The group, which operates under the auspices and encouragement of the Palestinian Authority, is dedicated to uniting the world under a caliphate ruled by Islamic law (Shari’a) and has branches in Judea, Samaria and in Gaza.

The rally was held at the Al Aqsa mosque in the Temple Mount Plaza, located in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, right next to the Western Wall. Among the crowd were many supporters waving black flags inscribed in white Arabic writing with the words, “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is His Prophet.”

According to MEMRI, members of the group issued a call to the ‘Islamic nation’ and the army of Pakistan to liberate ‘al Quds’ (Jerusalem) from ‘Jewish filth.’

“Where is the Caliph of the Muslims? Don’t you care that the Jews are defiling the place of the Prophet’s nocturnal journey with their filth? The Jews are the most hostile people towards the believers. . . They conquered Jerusalem,” called the rally activists.

“O people of Pakistan! O people of Islam! The place of the Prophet’s ascent to Heaven is calling for your help! What are you doing? The Al Aqsa Mosque calls for your support! Will you heed the call?

“O Pakistani Army! America wants to destroy you. America is your enemy. Free yourselves from subordination to it. This is the call of Hizb Al-Tahrir:

“Advance with your mighty army to Jerusalem. You are worthy of the honor of liberating it.” A video clip of the rally was posted on the Internet by MEMRI with translated subtitles.

It is precisely incitement such as this that whips the mosque’s Muslim worshipers into a frenzy of hatred against Jews and Israel week after week and results in the violent riots that prompt police to close the site to anyone except Muslims prior to Jewish holidays.

Once cannot fathom why Israel does not close the site to Muslims when violence occurs, rather than the peaceful Jews and tourists who come to tour the area.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Israel’s Labor-led government in 1967 immediately handed authority over the site to the Waqf Islamic Authority, which is linked to the Jordanian government, hoping to maintain peace in future years.

Sadly, this ‘solution’ has instead simply led to endless incitement and a ravenous hunger for war.

Last year MEMRI translated another Hizb ut-Tahrir video showing PA Arab children in the Al Aqsa mosque having been programmed to call for the “liberation of Palestine.”

In somber robes of white (for purity) and black (for purpose and death) boys who appeared to be as young as six and as old as 15 stood tall in the mosque, bands inscribed with religious slogans wound about their foreheads listened closely — and yelled into microphones when called upon to do so.

This is a perfect example of how the Palestinian Authority actively continues to pass on terrorism against Israel to the next generation. It is a clear message the PA is no ‘partner for peace.’

A ‘two state solution’ under these circumstances would be a signed death certificate with the coroner ready and waiting to deliver the document next door.

Arab Rioters Take Over Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day (+Video)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Arab rioters succeeded in violently shutting down the Temple Mount this Jerusalem Day to everyone except Muslims.

One police officer has been injured so far by a rock hurled by a rioter as security personnel battle Palestinian Authority Arabs on the Temple Mount in the first hours of the morning on Wednesday.

Masked Arab youths have been hurling stones and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) since the start of the morning, once again effectively preventing Jews and anyone other than Muslims from reaching the site. Their handy weapons are stored in piled caches in and around the Al Aqsa mosque, one of two Muslim houses of worship located on the Temple Mount.

The Arab rioters are taken to calling themselves “Almoravids”, which were an early version of Muslim knights.

While only 250 Israelis managed to ascend to the Mount prior to the attack, four times that many — 1,000 foreign tourists — succeeded in reaching the site before police closed it down to everyone except Muslim ‘worshipers.’

Jews are routinely arrested on the site simply for moving their lips, in what might be construed as a prayer. The Waqf Islamic Religious Authority, which rules the site, forbids Jewish religious activity on the Temple Mount. It is part of the Western Wall complex and believed to be the location of the “holy of holies” in the ancient Jewish Holy Temple of Jerusalem, Judaism’s most sacred site.

Once safely shut down, police moved forward to take control the Temple Mount plaza area, according to Walla! The rioters have since retreated and are currently within the mosque, according to a local source, who said they are continuing to hurl rocks and firebombs at security personnel.

Police officers are using riot control methods in an attempt to disperse the mob.

Today marks the 47th anniversary of the liberation of the 3,000-year-old Jewish capital of Israel, the Old City of Jerusalem, from Jordanian occupation in the 1967 Six Day War. Jerusalem Day celebrates the unification of the holy city and its restoration as the healed capital of the Jewish State.


Arabs carrying Hamas flags on the Temple Mount chanting “With blood we will free Palestine.”

Religious Zionist Rabbis Celebrate Jerusalem Day on Temple Mount

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

About 30 religious Zionist rabbis visited the Temple Mount Tuesday to mark the 47th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War.

The group included Rabbis Gidon Pearl, Yitzhak Levi and Yosef Tzvi Rimon (Alon Shvut), Yaakov Medan (Yeshivat Har Etzion), Avraham Gisser (Ofra), (Alon Shvut), Yisrael Rosen (Machon Tzomet), David Dudkevitch (Yitzhar) and others.

Participants in the group reported that the event took place amongst a festive atmosphere to usher in Jerusalem Day. The rabbis thanked God for beginning the ingathering of the exiles and for liberating Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in 1967. They also said the event was intended to encourage Jews to visit the Temple Mount, a phenomenon that has grown in recent years.

“Forty-seven years ago we  merited God’s mercy when we returned to Jerusalem and the site of our holy Temple. But there is still much to do,” the rabbis said in a statement.

“This event is an expression of the eternal and constantly renewing connection of the Jewish people to the Temple Mount, the home of the holy Temple, and of the growing public demand to impose Jewish sovereignty here.

The rabbis discussed halachic issues related to visiting the Temple Mount and stressed that Jews entering the Temple Mount compound must take care not to violate the holiness of this place. One must not enter the part of the Mount that housed the Temple itself, because we are all ritually impure (t’me’i met). “(It is forbidden to) enter the plaza at the center of the Mount, and especially the Dome of the Rock , which according to tradition stands on the place of the Holy of Holies.

“The Torah forbids all people from entering that place, under a penalty of spiritual excision from the Jewish People (“karet”),” the rabbis said.

The rabbis also addressed the police ban on Rabbi Yehuda Glick, preventing Glick from entering the Temple Mount compound. “We must remember on the 28th of Iyyar we celebrate first-and-foremost the liberation of the Temple Mount,” Glick said. “The Temple Mount is the heart of the Jewish People; therefore, it is only natural that our leaders went up to the site today, on the eve of Jerusalem Day.

“We call on all other leaders to join their call and to lead this relationship between the Jewish People  and its heart – the Temple Mount.”

No Protests

Although Arab and left-wing leaders often claim that opening the Temple Mount to Jews would create “a storm of protest from the international Muslim community,” no signs of protest were evident during or after the visit. No English- or Hebrew language website noted rioting by Muslims in Indonesia over the visit, or even protests by Palestinians in Jerusalem or Ramallah.

It is also worth noting that according to Prof. Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, the Koran itself predicts the return of Jews to the holy site. Palazzi has also said that nothing in Islamic doctrine or law suggests that Jews, or any non-Muslims, should be prevented from praying on the Mount.

 

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