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September 25, 2016 / 22 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Western Wall’

Lords of the Dance

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Hareidi children dance at the Kotel in the Old City of Jerusalem on September 18, 2016.

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Cat Rescued from the Western Wall [video]

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Somehow, a cat found itself stuck in the Kotel wall.

Using Jewish ingenuity, along with some tables, chairs and shtenders, prayer-goers helped the cat get down.

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Why I Cry on the 9th of Av

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

I have not been up to Har Habayit. I have not gone up out of total awe and respect for the Kedusha that resides up on Mount Moriah and the fact that Israel will not allow me to pray where the two Temples stood and where Avraham almost sacrificed his son, Yitzchak. I know that according to Jewish law there are areas that one can go after immersing in a ritual bath (Mikveh) and I am beginning to change my mind about going up to Har Habayit should I go up.

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I have not gone up although I yearn to walk, pray and worship on the holiest place on Earth for the Jewish people and it is emotionally depressing to see what is happening up there.

אוי מה היה לנו! מה עשינו אוי!

I watch as Jewish history is wiped out of existence by a radical Islamic brute squad as they uncover and then destroy two thousand year old artifacts as they attempt to erase Jewish existence in Israel, In Jerusalem and on Har Habit and that’s why I fast on the 9th of Av. ,! אוי מה היה לנו, מה עשינו אוי I hear reports of Israeli policemen arresting Jews who dared to utter a prayer on the Temple Mount and I wonder, what are we doing?! That’s why I fast on the 9th of Av.

אוי מה היה לנו! מה עשינו אוי!

For the past 25 years my father and I spent Yom Kippur praying in a shul on top of the Kotel overlooking Har Habayit. This shul was originally set up by Rav Goren and is open for prayer only twice a year; the 9th of Av and Yom Kippur. For the past decade, my son Yakir has joined me and recently so has my youngest, Natan. Several years ago my youngest looked out the window and as he starred down at the Temple Mount, he said with anger in his voice, “Abba! Why are they (Arabs) playing soccer where the Bet Hamikdash stood?” I have no answer and I wanted to cry…

אוי מה היה לנו! מה עשינו אוי!

In 1967 we heard the miraculous call from our brave IDF soldiers as they liberated the Temple Mount; “Har Habayit Biyadeinu!” The ‘Temple Mount is in our hands!’ For the first time in 2,00 long and painful years, God has brought us back and with the courage and sacrifice of our soldiers, we were back! We could have built the Temple and instead…..we handed the keys back to those who play soccer on the holy of Holies….how can we not cry!

אוי מה היה לנו! מה עשינו אוי!

People ask where was God during Holocaust, I ask where was man! We were given Har Habit in 67 and we gave it away!

אוי מה היה לנו!

It is for this reason that I am contemplating going up to Har Habayit…If we do not show Jewish presence there, how can we call it ours? Avraham was commanded to walk the land in order to claim it is his, shall we not do the same?

If the Temple is not built and we are once again forced to fast on the 9th of Av, I will cry, but it will crying over our own lack of faith and not aimed at asking God why. He gave us Har Habayit, we refused to take it! When we were originally commanded to go up to the land of Israel, we cried in vain. We ignored all that God did for us in Egypt and the miracles we witnessed as He took us out of Egypt. We ignored the miraculous victories over the strongest dynasties and we went to our tents to cry because we had no faith in God. We decided to say ‘we couldn’t’ when God clearly proved with HIS help ‘we could.’

Ari Fuld

Google under Attack for Deleting Palestine from Maps App

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Internet giant Google has been under fierce attacks from around the world this week, after replacing the name of Palestine on its maps application with Israel.

The Palestinian Journalists Front slammed Google for the move, stating that the removal of Palestine’s name from the maps was an attempt by the “Israeli scheme to establish its name as a legitimate state for generations to come” while obliterating Palestine forever.

PJF claimed the move was part of an effort to distort history and geography “as well as the Palestinian people’s right to their homeland,” and “a failed attempt to tamper with the memory of Palestinians and Arabs.”

PJF demanded that Google reverse the changes made in the maps application, since the move was “contrary to all international norms and conventions.”

The fact that there is no such entity as the State of Palestine did not come up in the attack.

A search for “Palestine” in Google Maps does yield a proper reference to the entity, but with a blank map of Israel, with the areas of Gaza, Judea and Samaria marked with a broken borderline but not mentioned by name. The information provided on the left under the title “Palestine” is:

Quick facts

The State of Palestine, also known simply as Palestine, is a de jure sovereign state in the Middle East that is recognized by 136 UN members and since 2012 has a status of a non-member observer state.

President: Mahmoud Abbas

Capital: Ramallah

Prime minister: Rami Hamdallah

For comparison, the data regarding “Israel” is:

Quick facts

Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Its financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for Bauhaus architecture, beaches and nightlife.

Founded: May 14, 1948

Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu

President: Reuven Rivlin

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‘Sivuv Shearim’ to Encircle the Gates of Ancient Jerusalem [video]

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Thousands of people are expected to gather at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem at 7 pm this Thursday evening to mark the start of the Hebrew month of Av.

The “Sivuv Shearim” procession is intended to strengthen the Jewish connection to the site of the Holy Temple, the holiest site in the Jewish faith.

The procession, which makes its way around the gates of ancient Jerusalem, has taken place upon the eve of every month on the Jewish calendar over the past 14 years.

Men and women dance and sing their way around the gates in separate processions that fill the ancient alleyways of the various quarters of the city, until they complete the entire circuit.

Israeli Border Guard Police and other personnel secure the procession for the duration of the event.

Hana Levi Julian

Knesset Passes Law Assigning Running State Mikvahs to Chief Rabbinate

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Following a lengthy debate and numerous objections, on Monday night the Knesset plenum passed the amended Jewish Religious Services Bill by a 41 to 35 majority. The amended law, proposed by MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) and endorsed by several MKs, will require that state-run mikvahs-ritual baths be subject solely to the directives of the Chief Rabbinate. The law will take effect within nine months of its passage in order to allow preparation for the new amendment.

The explanation attached to the bill reads, “Since the inception of the State of Israel, the mikvahs have been used for halakhic traditions and customs, and for this purpose they were allotted public funding for construction and maintenance. In the wake of petitions by entities wishing to destroy the accepted foundations of Judaism that have been in existence for thousands of years, the High Court has ruled that various sects should be permitted to use the mikvahs to their various ends.”

MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) said that “this is the first time that a mikvah, which is a place of purity, has become a place of exclusion. We view this as discrimination under primary legislation.”

“Others who are hurt by this are, of course, our Jewish brothers and sisters in the Diaspora,” Lavie continued. “Once again they receive the ‘heartwarming’ message that the State of Israel doesn’t count them in. Not at the Western Wall, or in marriages, or in conversions, and now at the mikvahs, too — you have no place in the State of Israel.”

“This law is neither Jewish, nor legal, nor democratic,” Lavie added.

Meretz Chair MK Zehava Galon said the law is part of a “battle over the face and character of Israeli society.” Turning to the ultra-Orthodox MKs, Galon said, “You feel threatened? Why? Because someone is trying to undermine your monopoly over the Rabbinate, over Orthodoxy, over a pluralistic and equal life here?”

MK Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Camp) said, “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated so many times that every Jew, wherever he may be, should consider Israel his national home. So what do they do in order that a Jew feel at home in Israel? They do not allow him to wed in a civil marriage; they do not allow him to be buried next to his loved ones if he is defined as someone who is not worthy of burial in a Jewish cemetery; they do not allow him to convert in an appropriate and respectful manner; and then they pass the Mikvah Law which deals a devastating blow to all those who underwent a Reform or Conservative conversion, which is about 20 percent of all converts.”

MK Yehuda Glick (Likud), who is an Orthodox rabbi, also expressed his objection to the legislation. “MK Gafni, why does it bother you that a Reform woman immerses in a mikvah?” Glick asked the bill’s author. “She does not stop you from immersing. Why do we need this divisiveness? You said the Jewish Agency will build mikvahs (for the non-Orthodox), but a representative of the Agency told me they do not plan to build any,” he said. Glick held a 30-second moment of silence in the plenum in protest of the legislation.

MK Gafni argued back, saying his law is not discriminatory. “All the claims made here that this constitutes a ‘selection’ are baseless,” he said, adding, “There was a violation of the status quo by the High Court of Justice; we asked that the status quo not be violated. Reform Jews in the US don’t have a single mikvah. All of a sudden they need a mikvah over here? This law aims to prevent the Reform from getting this legitimization through the back door.”

Jewish Agency of Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky has released a statement in response to the passage of the bill, saying, “This bill, which offers no solution to the non-Orthodox denominations, circumvents the rulings of the High Court of Justice. It is unfortunate that the bill passed before such a solution was ensured.”

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UNESCO to Question Jewish Ties to Western Wall in Arab-Sponsored Draft Resolution

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

United Nations Watch, a Geneva-based watchdog organization, expressed concern today that UNESCO may fuel anti-Jewish incitement and violence, and the increasing PA Arabs’ denial of Jewish religious and cultural rights, by adopting an Arab-sponsored draft resolution that denies Jewish ties to Jerusalem’s Western Wall and Temple Mount.

The Jordanian-Palestinian draft text on the Old City of Jerusalem was submitted to the 21-member World Heritage Committee, which meets over the next 10 days in Istanbul for its 40th annual session.

“This inflammatory resolution risks encouraging the past year’s wave of Arab stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel, which began with false claims that Israel was planning to damage holy Muslim shrines,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.

Under the battle cry of “Al-Aqsa mosque is in danger,” incitement in September by Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad sparked a wave of terror attacks across Israel which began on the Temple Mount and eastern Jerusalem. At least 40 have been killed and more than  500 wounded. The Arab attacks include 155 stabbings, 96 shootings, 45 car ramming attacks, and one bus bombing.

The draft now before UNESCO includes the following problematic language:

  • The draft refers ten times to Al-Haram Al-Sharif, exclusively using the Islamic term for Temple Mount, without any mention that it is the holiest site in Judaism. This is part of a larger campaign at the UN, and particularly in UNESCO, to Islamize sites historically belonging to other faiths.
  • This year’s proposed draft is even more extreme than the resolution adopted in 2015. The new version three times uses the Islamic term Buraq Plaza while placing the parallel name “Western Wall Plaza” in scare quotes, implying skepticism or disbelief concerning what is the most hallowed site for Jewish worshippers over two millennia, due to the ancient wall’s connection to the Holy Jewish Temple destroyed in 70 CE. Last year’s resolution also sought to diminish the Jewish connection by putting the name Western Wall in parentheses after the Islamic term, yet the new use of quotation marks intensifies the denialism that was famously promoted by Yasser Arafat’s negotiator at Camp David, and which continues in Palestinian Authority statements.
  • Israel, which is referred to throughout as “the Occupying Power” in Jerusalem, is called to restore “the historic Status Quo,” with the new word “historic”—a change from last year’s text—implying a reversal of any changes since 1967.
  • Jerusalem’s light rail, which is used daily by thousands of Arab residents among others, is accused of having a “damaging effect” on the “visual integrity” and “authentic character” of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem—even though the track passes through an existing highway and only facilitates transportation for visitors of all faiths.

The 21 members on the UNESCO world heritage committee are: Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. Good luck to all of us.

Jewish Press Staff

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/unesco-to-question-jewish-ties-to-western-wall-in-arab-sponsored-draft-resolution/2016/07/10/

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