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Posts Tagged ‘Tisha b'Av’

Rabbi Chaim Richman on “The Loss of the Holy Temple and What it Means for Us”

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute gave a Tisha B’Av shiur last year on “The Loss of the Holy Temple and what it means for us” as well as chocolate cake.

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Analysis: Rabbinical Court Lookstein Ruling Could Spell Our Next Kamtza and Bar Kamtza Tragedy

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

It should be noted that despite our fantastical idea, Ivanka Trump was actually converted under the Rabbinical Council of America and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate Geirus Policies and Standards Network (GPS) agreement, and so her conversion is not, in fact, in jeopardy.

Now to the fantasy:

A friend of ours suggested a rereading of the Talmud narrative of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza (Gittin 55–56) in light of Wednesday’s ruling of the High Rabbinical Court. Same Rabbis, same Roman Emperor, except he could be living in DC come next January:

They went and said to the presidential candidate, “The Jews hate you, they think you’re nothing but a nasty Goy, and they’re all praying Hillary humiliates you.”

Said he, “That would be YUGE. How do I know you’re not lying?”

“Send an offering to the Jewish Nation,” they said, “and see whether they will accept it on their altar.”

So he sent them the most gorgeous blonde offering he could find, his own flesh and blood. But while on the journey, they put a blemish on her Haskel (or as some say, on the Look of her Stein) – in a manner where the Chief Rabbinate counted it a blemish but we do not.

Most of us urged the Rabbinical Court to accept her in order not to offend a presidential candidate. Even the two chief rabbis, the Ashkenazi and the Sephardi, begged the Rabbinical Court to accept her as Jewish.

Said the Rabbinical High Court to us: “People will say that blemished blonde offerings are acceptable on the altar.”

Most of us tried to kill the story so that no one write or talk about it on CNN, but the Chief Rabbinical Court objected, saying “Are we who are just doing our jobs, pointing out obvious blemishes on consecrated offerings, to have our story be killed, our sage honor impugned and our authority undermined?”

We thereupon remarked: “Because of the scrupulousness of the High Rabbinical Court our House was destroyed, our Temple burnt, and we ourselves were exiled from our land.”

To remind you (since it’s been almost a full year since Tisha B’Av), this is the original story from Gittin 55–56 (courtesy of the Soncino Talmud):

Kamtza went and said to the Emperor, The Jews are rebelling against you. He said, How can I tell? Kamtza said to him: Send them an offering and see whether they will offer it [on the altar]. So he sent with him a fine calf. While on the way Kamtza made a blemish on its upper lip, or as some say on the white of its eye, in a place where we [Jews] count it a blemish but they do not. The Rabbis were inclined to offer it in order not to offend the Government. Said R. Zechariah b. Abkulas to them: People will say that blemished animals are offered on the altar. They then proposed to kill Bar Kamza so that he should not go and inform against them, but R. Zechariah b. Abkulas said to them, Is one who makes a blemish on consecrated animals to be put to death? R. Johanan thereupon remarked: Through the scrupulousness of R. Zechariah b. Abkulas our House has been destroyed, our Temple burnt and we ourselves exiled from our land.

David Israel

‘Jewish Holy Temples Never Existed’ Says Israeli Arab MK

Monday, July 27th, 2015

On the anniversary of the destruction of the two Jewish Holy Temples in Jerusalem, Tisha B’Av, an Israeli Arab lawmaker insisted in a radio interview that neither ever existed.

Joint Arab List (Ra’am Tal) Knesset member Masoud Ganaim made the statement during an interview Sunday (July 26) on Galei Tzahal Army Radio. Ganaim was asked – as was Jewish lawmaker Yinon Magal from the Bayit Yehudi party — about violent riots that were being perpetrated by Muslim Arabs in the Al Aqsa mosque on the site of the Temple Mount. The rioting Arabs hurled rocks, cement blocks, firebombs and other explosives at Israel Police and even Waqf Islamic Authority security personnel from inside the mosque.

When asked about the violence, Ganaim said that the rock-throwing was not the problem: the real issue, he said, was the “incitement” caused by Jews wanting to pray at the site, considered the holiest in the Jewish faith.

Ganaim also said during the conversation that no Jewish Temples ever existed on the Temple Mount – and that he knows this for a fact because he is a history teacher.

“The State of Israel knows that Jews and Israel have no legitimacy to the site except for their legitimacy as an occupier – a legitimacy won by force,” he said. The MK blamed Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) in particular for visiting the site on Tisha B’Av, calling the minister an “occupier” and his visit “incitement.”

Magal responded that a system of reverse “apartheid” exists on the Temple Mount – against Jews – and that despite the sanctity of the site in Judaism … a Jew who wants to make a blessing over an apple he is preparing to eat will be arrested for “incitement.” At the same time, police do nothing to Arabs seen screaming or hurling rocks at visiting Jews.

“The site has always been holy to Islam,” Ganaim repeated, “never to any other religion.”

Was there ever a Jewish Temple on the site? the interviewer asked directly.

Ganaim flatly denied it, and followed up by saying he knew that to be true because he personally is a history teacher. “At most,” there “may have been” a temple “somewhere else,” he allowed, but noted that Jewish scriptures only refer to a future Temple in Jerusalem descending from Heaven.

Jews need to wait until that happens before attempting to visit the Temple Mount, Ganaim advised.

The Western Wall, located at the edge of the Temple Mount, is the remnant of outer retaining wall of the Second Holy Temple in Jerusalem, a fact confirmed numerous times by reputable archaeologists. The Second Temple was built upon the ruins of the First Temple.

There also exist an abundance of archaeological artifacts documenting a Second Temple presence on the Temple Mount itself as well, believed to have been the site of the Temple’s “holy of holies.” There are special laws delineated in the Torah as to when and how a Jew must be prepared in order to approach the site.

The future Temple of which Ganaim spoke is the Third Holy Temple which Jews await and which is expected to appear with the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkenu, the Messiah, who it is said will be born on Tisha B’Av.

May we all merit to see both speedily in our lifetimes.

Hana Levi Julian

Temple Mount Policemen Released from Hospital

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The two Israeli policemen that were injured by Islamic terrorists on the Temple Mount on Sunday morning have been released.

They were treated in the Hadassah Ein Karem emergency room.

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The Walk Around the Walls

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Photos by Gershon Ellinson / Women in Green

By Women in Green

On Saturday night, the evening of the fast of Tisha b’Av, thousands of participants carrying Israeli flags walked around the walls of Jerusalem calling for application and enforcement of sovereignty as a rectification for the historical sin of the spies, the sin that caused the destruction of the Temple and a series of disasters over the generations.

Thousands of people, from all areas throughout the land, took part tonight, the evening of the fast of Tisha b‘Av, in the walk around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, organized by Women in Green, for the 21st consecutive year.

The event began with a reading of the Scroll of Lamentations in Gan Ha’Atzma’ut (Independence Park), which is in the center of the capital, and the walk around the walls of the Old City began immediately afterward, with the many participants holding Israeli flags. The historian Aryeh Klein accompanied the walk with words of historical explanation about the events from the Crusader era until the Six Day War that were by passed during the walk.

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At the Lion’s Gate the participants gathered for concluding words and speeches by Deputy Minister of Defense Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, MK Bezalel Smotrich, Prof. Aryeh Eldad and Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich. Before the speeches by these public figures, the heads of Women in Green, Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, spoke, calling for making a rectification of the sin of the spies by application and enforcement of sovereignty over the entire Land of Israel: “The principal sin that we must rectify is the sin of the spies – contempt for the goodly Land. We must not only lie on the floor and and lament tearfully, but rectify the root of the reason for the destruction in a practical way, to settle the good Land, to cling to it, to apply our sovereignty, to enforce our sovereignty and to have faith in the Almighty who gave us the power to conquer the Land.”

“Realization of sovereignty by the government of Israel with a continuous push for consciousness has its results. The prime minister acted correctly in the Iranian matter. He should act with the same determination and persistence in the matters of building, development, flourishing in all areas of the Land of Israel. To present a vision. Neither Obama nor the High Court, which is pushing these days for the destruction of dozens of homes in Beit El, will dictate the borders to the People of Israel and therefore we strongly protest and encourage all of our friends who are organizing for the determined and uncompromising battle in the sector.

“It is the Bible that will dictate to the People of Israel, the promise that the Almighty gave to our fathers, and we must fast for this and connect with all of the generations. Remembering the past and building the future. ‘Let us go up and take possession of the Land, for we are well able to overcome it’.”

After these words, Deputy Minister of Defense, MK Rav Eli Ben Dahan spoke, mentioning the sin of the spies, about which we read in the weekly Torah portion as the sin that caused the weeping and grief of generations, of the destruction of the two Temples, a grieving whose root is contempt for the good Land.

“The spies thought that it was better to remain in an ideal world, a world of inaction, where manna waited at the tent opening and water from Miriam’s well came to you. Without any effort. But in order to enter the Land of Israel it would be necessary to labor and to be connected to every clod of land. We do not live by miracles, but by deeds and activity. The more we build in all areas of the Land of Israel, the more we will connect and commune with the Land”, said Rabbi Ben Dahan.

Later, he mentioned that while he was Deputy Minister of Religions, regulations were prepared for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. “Particularly on this day we demand that these regulations be approved. We expect the prime minister and the government to approve organized Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. I cannot be that every people can pray at this place and only the Jews are not permitted to pray there.”

Ben Dahan further noted that recently he was informed that from an investigation of the findings from the waste out of the antiquities that the Muslims throw into the Zurim Valley after they were taken from the Temple Mount, it arose that among the antiquities there are also bones of pure beasts that had been sacrificed on the Mount, but also bones of foxes and this testifies that the legend of Rabbi Akiva and the sages who went and saw a fox coming out of the Holy Temple is not a random legend, but actual reality. Now, the deputy minister of defense expresses the hope that just as we see the visions of Rabbi Akiva, “we will also be privileged to see the Holy Temple being rebuilt, and next year we will no longer grieve and these days will become days of much happiness and joy.”

After Rabbi Ben Dahan’s words, former MK Prof. Aryeh Eldad spoke, noting that it seems that apparently, we have not made much progress during the past year, “we did not expel the rioting Arabs from the Mount, we did not establish the communities that we destroyed ten years ago.”

“The State of Israel surrenders its sovereignty on the Temple Mount and abandons it to a foreign state”, said Eldad and mentioned that the State of Israel also did not complete the access bridge to the Temple Mount, since it had granted to Jordan the privilege to decide what will be built on the Mount and what will not be built there. According to him, while the Temple Mount Faithful are searching for a red heifer in Texas ranches for the rites of purification, we must remember that it is more important to purify hearts, and when the Mount does not represent the source of life to the People and when the leaders of Israel deny and suppress the importance of the Temple Mount to the People’s consciousness, the ashes from a red heifer will be to no avail.

During his speech, Prof. Eldad noted the historical findings in which national figureheads who had persecuted Israel have stated as absolute fact that there was no longer a People of Israel, but today, while nothing remains of them but historical remnants, the People of Israel lives on. Eldad stated that just as these predictions were disproved, other, early predictions will also be disproved – the People of Israel will establish settlements that it himself destroyed a decade ago, and this is also how the Third Temple will be built, and sooner than we think. “We demand that the government of Israel allow Jews to pray and to lay the cornerstone of the Third Temple”, concluded Prof. Eldad.

The third person to speak at the gathering was MK Bezalel Smotrich, who raised the apparent difficulty to experience the pain of the destruction in the generation of revival, when it is possible “to walk around the walls of Jerusalem en masse with Israeli flags, accompanied by our police, in our state, in our Land, and on the other hand, to look upon the walls and inside to the Temple Mount and remember what is happening there.”

 MK Bezalel Smotrich

MK Bezalel Smotrich

“It would be easier to experience the sorrow of this day in the diaspora”, said Smotrich, and clarified that if the day of Tisha b’Av was commemorated as it is in the diaspora, without thinking of the return of Israel to its Land, it would be an enormous lack of gratitude toward the Almighty, who brings us, slowly but surely to our Land. We must be ready to include this complexity of thanks to the Almighty for the great kindness with which he deals with us, and despite this, we feel the great lack of that which we do not have.”

According to him, “from a certain point of view, perhaps it is easier for us today to feel the pain of this day, because we are closer and therefore feel the lack. A Jew in the diaspora could not have imagined what we have now. It is difficult to imagine something that one does is not familiar with. When one is close, one feels the lack.”

Smotrich also mentioned the sin of the spies and noted that in the words of Moses’ summary, the words of the spies are described as praising the goodness of the Land. Rashi explains that Moses is quoting Joshua and Caleb and not the ten other spies. According to Smotrich, there is a significant lesson here, which is the question of “who is written in the pages of history”: “that which is written in the pages of history and are spoken about in the future are Joshua and Caleb, the People of Truth, heroism, security and their faith in the Almighty. The weakness of the spies leads to ramifications and the basis for every Tisha b’Av is those spies, but that which remains in existence forever is the minority. The masses sometimes go astray after weak leadership”, says Smotrich, and adds that sometimes the leaders of the minority of believers do not win applause from the media and from the masses, but in the result in history is that they are the winners who are etched into eternity.

“I call on the prime minister: you can decide whether to be among those leaders who perhaps now are a majority but in the end, nothing will be remembered of them, or you can be among the leaders of the minority, who raise the banner to the top of the flag post, and who are among those who are remembered. Prayer in the Temple Mount is the minimum. We have a commandment to build the Temple. The Almighty has done his part and has liberated for us the place with tremendous miracles. Now it is in our hands. And as everyone aspires to fulfill the 613 commandments, we must also fulfill this commandment”, concluded Smotrich.

The gathering was concluded with the words of Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, a former prisoner of Zion and one of the lead activists for the liberation of Jonathan Pollard. As in every year, Rabbi Mendelevich read the special prayer written by Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu, obm, for the liberation of Pollard and stated that if indeed Pollard will be freed in the coming days and weeks, then Israeli society must beg his pardon for not doing enough to free him. “We did not do what we had to do. We went astray in the battle for Jonathan because all of the efforts were in beseeching the government of Israel to speak with the government of the United States. The battle should have been waged in the United States. As the People of Israel we must fight and understand from experience of the past that only demonstrations that are bothersome, and not comfortable, for the government, have an effect”.

Rabbi Mendelevich concluded his words with a call to the Jews of the United States: “We will get by, but the call is to you. Go out into the streets in your thousands, in tens of thousands, to defend our People, our Land and yourselves. This is your duty”.

At the end of the speeches the marchers continued to the Dung Gate and the Kotel where the Walk ended.

The Kotel on Tisha B'Av night

The Kotel on Tisha B’Av night. Photo by: JewishPress.com

The tail end of the marchers were attacked by stone throwing Arabs.

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Livestream Video Feeds from the Temple Mount [video]

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The following is a live feed / compilation of video feeds from Jewish visitors on the Temple Mount today, on Tisha b’Av.

In the video you can see how the Jews get “greeted” by the Arabs on the Temple Mount, and the treatment they also get by the police, who are not happy that Jews visit the Temple Mount, and make it very difficult and uncomfortable for them.

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Arabs Start “Prayer” Battle in Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

On Saturday night, in the middle of the reading of Eicha, the Book of Lamentation, that is read on the night of Tisha B’Av, the Arab muezzin began blasting out Islamic prayers on the microphone in the mosque the Arabs built on top of the Jewish holy site of the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

Access to the Tomb of the Patriarchs is shared by the Muslims and Jews, each getting separate hours and days, depending on the holidays and day of the week.

It was not the time for Islamic prayers, and the muezzin put the volume on maximum, which put a complete stop to Jewish nighttime reading of Lamentations, which is read in remembrance of the destruction of the two Jewish Temples in Jerusalem.

Jewish worshipers called the police, who did nothing, until Jewish youths then locked the muezzin in his room, so he couldn’t leave.

At which point police arrived and clashed began between the Israeli police and… the Jewish worshipers.

Police arrested a number of Jews.

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