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March 20, 2016

Kamil al-Khatib and Another Absurdly Ludicrous Accusation

 

Kamil al-Khatib, the deputy head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has made an accusation which has managed to target Israel; an Israeli activist, Yehuda Glick; Arab Authorities in general; and likely inferring every power on earth which has not rushed to prevent what he calls the “Judaizing actions” to the al-Aqsa Mosque. We further quote Kamil al-Khatib from his interview with the Hamas newspaper ‘Falastin’ with his most vicious claim of all, “His (Yehuda Glick’s) settlers hold Talmudic ceremonies and settler weddings around the al-Aqsa Mosque, and these are dangerous signs that they see their imaginary Temple in the al-Aqsa Mosque. This is in spite of the agreements the Jordanian regime made to prevent any Talmudic ceremonies within the area of the al-Aqsa Mosque.” His final jab hits a bullseye pointing to the presumed agreement between Israel and Jordan to enforce a status quo which forbids Jewish prayers on the Temple Mount. This status quo referred to came into the lexicon after the attempted assassination of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick who barely survived four shots into his chest at point blank range on October 29, 2015. A terrorist pulled up in a scooter or motorcycle and shot him before fleeing the scene (aftermath video coverage below showing response but not actual attack). Yehuda Glick had just departed the Begin Center where he had just spoken at an event and was shot by Mu’taz Hijazi who was employed at the Begin Center despite former criminal arrests and known links with terrorism. There has been a sliding status quo placing ever increasing limitations on Jews and other non-Muslims as time progresses and after any meetings and demanded concessions forced on Israel and the World in efforts to ever enforce the strength and power of Arab Palestinian claims to more and more areas still demanding the formation of their rule over all of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, that means all of Israel.

 

 

 

 

Kamil al-Khatib and the Islamic Movement in Israel have been banned from organized events or actions after they issued threats against the lives of Israelis, both officials and Jews in general. It took a build-up of threats including that Muslims would “eliminate the Jews from history: and further stated in that interview, “This will be the final nail in the coffin of the Oslo Accords, because the Palestinian people are tired of all the false promises and visions and its volcano is exploding.” Kamil al-Khatib was also calling for Israeli Arabs to take part in the “intifada” against Israel. A full-blown war between Israeli Arabs and the Netanyahu government is “just a matter of time,” He also held that a statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people was simply reflective of the feelings of most Israelis, and as such were statements which “merely highlight the religious nature of the dispute.

 

He gave an interesting and revealing sermon equating the holy warriors who had attacked infidel in Paris with the purification of France during the Protestant wars with the Catholics of France and the Inquisition in Spain from starting in 1492 when the Christians (Catholics) rallied to retake the lands of southern Spain (Andalusia) which had been conquered by largely Moorish Muslims from northwestern Africa which had stormed across the Straights of Gibraltar almost a millennia earlier and had imposed restrictive laws on Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims which were fought back by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella who persecuted the Muslims and Jews and non-Catholics. These were the religious wars which plagued the years responding to the encroachment and explosive breakout of Islam and the Arab tribes from their original homelands in the Arabian Peninsula and swallowed-up lands and peoples across North Africa, Persian Middle East, the remains of the Byzantine Empire and Egypt as well as the Holy Lands. The Crusades were an answer to the persecution of Christians in the Holy Lands which brought the conquest by Salah al-Din (Saladin) all of which dates back an average of half a millennia to a modern terrorist attack in a modern western capital because it has not fallen under the Islamic sword. Below is his sermon from November 29, 2015, in Kafr Kana, Israel, the very nation he declares must be brought under the sword through an internal Intifada yet it took his actual calls for violence before he was denounced but is still free and inciting.

 

 

 

 

Those calling for the murder and conquest of Israel are protected, which is not necessarily an evil thing to allow opposing views, but not when Yehuda Glick is denied entry to the Temple Mount simply because he argues that the Jews and other non-Muslims have religious freedom and under such should have free access to the Temple Mount. He is not calling for anybody to enter a single Mosque, Church, Cathedral, the al-Aqsa or the Dome of the Rock but the freedom to visit one of the holiest locations in Christianity and the holiest place in Judaism. In Israel a foreign element is granted control and restricts movement and worship in open locations in the holiest site in all of a presumed free Israel where every religion is presumed to have equality and freedom of worship, well, except where Islam is granted any sway. Israel does not restrict Islamic visitation to the holy places in Damascus, Muslim warfare does. Israel does not limit Islamic worship in Mecca or Medina nor does Israel desire to but through Jordan the Islamic world is limiting religious freedom in Israel. There is one word for that situation, ‘Wrong,’ just plain and simple wrong. The Temple Mount should be a place of reverence and free worship and open tourism with each faith responsible for the buildings they own, plain and simple. Further building on the Temple Mount might present a different subject where a board with members of each faith having advisory weight but it should be the government of Israel with full understanding of the sensibility of every faith represented and holding the site as holy as the main criteria for all decisions. Extremism of any sort should be avoided, especially calls to violence.

 

Temple Mount with Proposed Options to include Third Temple Without Destroying or Interfering Other Religious Structures

Temple Mount with Proposed
Options to include Third Temple
Without Destroying or Interfering
Other Religious Structures

 

And about the envisioned threat of the building of the Third Temple, well, the picture below depicts a placement which is one potential resolution but there are endless possibilities which include the erection of the Third Temple in an alternate location all together. There are always alternatives except when, apparently, Islam has found anything that might be a slight to their sensibilities or their perception of losing face as pride is apparently a very important foundation in modern Islam and their pride apparently is deeply rooted in possessions and a fact that enough is never enough when Islam is involved. One needs to wonder what would be the reaction if the World’s Jews with Israeli support decided to build the Third Temple as a towering edifice atop the Mount of Olives overlooking the great Mount of Olives Cemetery, an ancient and still used burial grounds which holds the graves of numerous greats of Jewish history, a Temple which would stand out all but unrivaled in the Jerusalem skyline towering above even the tallest of structures. One can only imagine the howlings of foul play and detracting from the holy places already in existence and claims galore that the lands of such plans was holy to every religion other than Judaism. We have already heard claims that the First Temple and Second Temple were simply figments of Jews’ imaginations having had two too many machinations for claiming Jerusalem from the rightful and original builders of the Western Wall and the city walls which were constructed for Muhammad to tie off his magical steed to climb aboard another magical steed before his ascent into Heaven where he met with all the ancient Islamic prophets such as Moses and Abraham and who knows who else, perhaps Daniel and Ezekiel; Deborah and Ruth, Kings David and Solomon and who knew these were Islamic Prophets who predated Islam by an average of two-thousand years.

 

 

Jewish Prophets from 800 to 400 of the Biblical Era

 

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September 24, 2015

The Lie, the Temple, the Temple Mount and the Future After Jerusalem

 

The violence on the Temple Mount and much of Jerusalem is the result of the wrong-headed action of Israeli leadership and governance. The original Oslo Accords never intended for Jerusalem to ever come into the discussion as Israel had reclaimed her rightful claim to Jerusalem, Hevron and all that is within the closest areas to Jerusalem and had even extended the first stages for citizenship of the Arab population of Jerusalem. Little facts not revealed in the media include that the Arabs in Eastern Jerusalem can and do vote in city elections and were well on their way to fully becoming members of Israel until the recent warfare over Eastern Jerusalem began. Judging from the news articles the violence in Jerusalem is going to continue to increase until the world demands that Israel surrender all claims to beyond the Green Line, the 1967 pre Six Day War armistice lines which had Jordan occupying Eastern Jerusalem and all the lands west of the Jordan River up to the Green Line. Let me repeat the most pertinent and important part of that sentence; Jordan occupying Eastern Jerusalem and all the lands west of the Jordan River up to the Green Line. And the rightful nation holding claim to these lands which Jordan was occupying was Israel. The actual border at the beginning of the 1948-9 war was the Jordan River and Israel held the central area of the Golan Heights at the beginning of that war. We could go into this in detail but it would be far better explained in our earlier article The War Israel Lost the War Israel Must Win where everything was explained and is where the rest of this article continues. Without reading or at least referencing that article much in the rest of this article will be confusing and possibly confounding.

 

Let’s continue. Israel has little power to end the violence currently erupting on the Temple Mount, in Eastern Jerusalem even west of what was the Green Line, and from the Jordan River and including all of Samaria and much of Judea up to and also beyond the Green Line. The violence on the Temple Mount and the remainder of Jerusalem was given a booster shot from Mahmoud Abbas demanding a week ago on September 17, 2015, that the Arabs continue their violence campaign as part of the greater war to destroy all Israel. Abbas declared, “The Al-Aqsa (Mosque) is ours, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours, and they (Jews) have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.” He had even more to add with his demanding, “We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every martyr will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah.” Going back to October of last year, 2014, Abbas initiated this war to oust the Jews from Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in particular when he insisted, “It is not enough to say the settlers came, but they must be barred from entering the compound by any means. This is our Aqsa… and they have no right to enter it and desecrate it.” Abbas defined defending “Al-Aqsa” as tantamount to defending Jerusalem, which the Palestinians demand as the Capital of a future state. He stated, “Jerusalem is the jewel in the crown and it is the eternal capital of the Palestinian state. Without it, there will not be a state. It is important for the Palestinians to be united in order to protect Jerusalem.” Back then as Abbas is threatening now there was the threat of this leading to another Intifada if Israel did not retreat and allow Abbas and the Arab Palestinian Authority (PA), which actually means Fatah which was the renaming of the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization, an entity with its origins in 1964 pre-occupied by Israel lands from war of 1967 and founded to replace Israel with Palestine and some things do remain the same) to make an additional entity from which Arafat and now Abbas could use so as to be able to claim he never made certain statements by claiming his innocence of claiming he called for Temple Mount violence as the Chairman of the PA and if called on such he would claim he was speaking at the Fatah Party directors meeting and did not say that as the Chairman of the PA. After claiming, clarifying, the authoring of the statement as from another position, he would from that point forward deny ever saying that as Chairman of the PA, a technically accurate statement not too dissimilar to having Prime Minister Cameron claim he did not make a statement as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom because he made the statement at the London meeting of the heads of his party and thus he could not be claimed to have stated those words as he never said them as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Below is the report video by Palestine Media Watch with translation added in subtitles. The interesting implication is added that the Arabs are also fighting to free from Israeli and Jewish control the Christian sites implying that the restriction on any non-Muslim from entering the Temple Mount is caused by Israel and not the Jordanian Waqf or the Arab rioting when he adds, “The al-Aqsa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.” He thus also claims this Christian holy site as belonging to the Muslims and thus under their protection as a place of worship of the Dhimmi, in this case the Christians within PA territory and this also enforces the status the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and all Christians will have should Abbas win this war.

 

 

 

 

Continuing on from there it is important to point out when Mahmoud Abbas refers to the al-Aqsa Mosque, he is not speaking of simply the building that is the Mosque but to the grounds which the Mosque stands upon. When the al-Aqsa Mosque is claimed as belonging to the Arabs and thus the PA, he means literally the entirety of the Temple Mount to include the Western Wall which he has already threatened will come under barrages from the heaven(s) if the Jews continue to defile that sacred wall where Mohammad tie his magical flying steed before mounting an even more powerful magic steed to ride to heaven and have his audience with Allah and also met Moses, Abraham, Ishmael, Noah and others that night returning to Mecca by sunrise of the next day to make the call to prayer. This is claimed because the Quran states that Mohammad traveled in his dream to the farthest Mosque, the al-Aqsa Mosque which at that time would have meant less than a hundred miles north of Medina where the original al-Aqsa Mosque stands but one was purposely built in Jerusalem to claim that the Quran states that Mohammad visited Jerusalem and thus it is a Muslim city for all time. Thus the claim to al-Aqsa is a claim to the entirety of the Temple Mount and the rioting of Muslims at the direction, planning and insistence of Mahmoud Abbas can only be ended by Israel. How, you might query, can Israel end the rioting? Is Abbas calling for Israeli police to mount an assault and force the rioters from the Temple Mount or to resort to heavier tactics such as arresting the rioters? Nothing of the sort, Abbas has defined the steps Israel must make before the rioting can end, and this too was an Abbas statement made before some body which has nothing to do with the PA thus he never stated such, as leaving the Temple Mount under Waqf control and then the Waqf and the PA will work together and the rioting will end. Nice and neat as all Israel need do is surrender the Temple Mount, and soon thereafter the rest of Eastern Jerusalem followed by the Western Wall and eventually all of Jerusalem.

 

The claim Abbas has made was that all of Jerusalem belongs to the Muslims by Islamic law, Sharia, because Islam was conquered and ruled by Islamic rulers and thus must always be an Islamic city. This is a diabolical argument because it can be used to claim all of Israel which is the final aim of the Palestinian terror leadership. Their aim is to tear Israel apart piece by piece and to swallow up the land in small bites if necessary. Mahmoud Abbas, and Yasser Arafat before him, have stated the aim was to gain as much lands as was possible using the world governments and channels and accept the lands at some point when it appeared that the world was possibly going to finally say that enough is enough and the Arabs cannot claim all of Israel. Initially Abbas would query why can’t they claim all of Israel as he had done so long ago and that all of Israel is occupied Palestine which every school child is aware, referring to school children in the PA propaganda induction centers where good little terrorists are raised to hate the Jews. This is another important piece of the puzzle, the PA schools do not limit the teaching of hate to Israelis, they teach the hatred of all Jews and that Christians are lesser people who rely on Muslims for their protection from those Jews who rule everything and is why the PA Arabs are so poor, the Jews took their money while Abbas is building himself a really nice house. To quote the article from the The Times of Israel, “Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is leading the construction of a luxurious presidential palace near Ramallah at a cost of $13 million, despite the PA being mired in a debilitating financial crisis. The goal of this project is to establish the Presidential Guest Palace in Surda, Ramallah within an area of 4,700 square meters, along with a building for the Presidential Administration and Guards with an area of 4,000 square meters, the construction process includes also preparing the surrounding area and two helipads, the project will be constructed over a land area of 27,000 square meters.” (See picture of plans below.)

 

 

Mamoud Abbas planned masion estimated cosr of thirteen million dollars but will end up costing far more after required kickbacks

 

 

After Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Arab Palestinian Authority finish their power play of calling for riots and then demanding that Israel quell the rioting but scream bloody murder if the Israeli police as much as scream at one of the so sensitive teenage and young adult rioters. This was the demand made to force Israelis out of Hevron costing the IDF a brave soul which the PA armed forces simply sat and guarded his body for hours allowing him to bleed to death from wounds which even basic first aid would have permitted recovery. That was a simple act of inhuman and needless suffering forced on the young man simply for being an Israeli. This will be the modus operandi for the rest of Jerusalem block by block if necessary. The rioting will continue to advance into the areas just beyond any new armistice or peace line. Each new assault will be permitted to build slowly with once a week riots turning into three times a week and eventually every morning to some full day and finally an all-out continuous rioting, another intifada to match the current Temple Mount intifada which was declared a year ago or more. Over the year Mahmoud Abbas has called for calm which lasted almost three days before he again made the accusation that Israel was attempting to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque. There were claims that the Israelis wanted to make the al-Aqsa Mosque into a Synagogue and steal this Muslim holy site just as the Jews have done to other Moslem holy sites. Then there were claims that Israel was going to demolish the al-Aqsa Mosque and all the other religious buildings and sites on the Temple Mount in order to build a Temple. It needs to be pointed out that Abbas is very careful when speaking of the Temple as he will not recognize the First and Second Temples were ever built on the Temple Mount or within Israel as the Arab Palestinians who have resided in all of Israel for as much as nine-thousand years and there has been no record of any Israelite or Jewish temple or any other such building on the Temple Mount which was also built by Muslims to hold the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque. What is also strange is that there has been no reference to the Arabs, be they Palestinian or Jordanian or Egyptian or any descriptor one prefers and the record of their migration from the Arabian Peninsula did not begin before the Seventh Century, a simple fourteen-hundred years ago. Adding that the Arabs did not actually arrive in the Jerusalem area until well after the Babylonians who destroyed the First Temple in the year 586 BCE and the end of Roman rule as they destroyed the Second Temple in 70 CE does not dampen the zeal and hate-filled rhetoric from Mahmoud Abbas. The Arab Palestinians are fighting on the Temple Mount according, to Mahmoud Abbas, in order to save the holy Islam protected sites which include the Christian sites as well as the Islamic sites and that if they are not successful the Jews will destroy every holy site on the Temple Mount and build their Temple which will fill the entire Temple Mount and Muslims and Christians will be banned from entering the Temple Mount forever. They are told that any denial by the Jews is a deception because Jews only know how to lie and unlike Muslims, who never deceive and tell only the truth, the Jews deal in deceits which is proven by the fact that the Israelis lost the wars in 1967 and 1973 and only because the world stepped in to save the Jews did they not get destroyed. We could relate the Muslim strong Jew weak and a million, OK, a little short of a million, other examples of what is taught to instigate hatred and start the rioting when they deem the time is right.

 

 

Third Temple placed on Temple Mount adjacent to the Dome of the Rock in space that is currently open areas leaving more than sufficient room for tourism and worshippers of all faiths to visit and enjoy every religious building. It will; however, leave far less room for youth to play soccer which many might claim is a good thing.

Third Temple placed on Temple Mount adjacent to the Dome of the Rock in space that is currently open areas leaving more than sufficient room for tourism and worshippers of all faiths to visit and enjoy every religious building. It will; however, leave far less room for youth to play soccer which many might claim is a good thing.

 

 

These tactics are beginning to be used in the Galilee as groundwork for the general strife which is hoped will chase the Jews completely from all of Israel which is being prepared at this time. There are Imams and other Islamic authorities who are working in the Arab towns and areas in the Galilee to stir up discontent mostly amongst the youth. They claim that the Jews have all the wealth and are living in better conditions because they have stolen the land and the riches from the Arabs. The reason they are not aware of this is because their parents and other people have been cowed by Israel and are afraid to speak against the Jews. This lie is insidious and corrupting of the Arab society as it tells the children that their own parents are withholding the truth as they are scared, they are frightened and surrendered to the Jewish powers and that only through strong Islamic belief can this terrorism by the Jews be fought. They are told that the only way to fight the Jewish terrorism is through Arab terrorism which is even stronger than the Jews as proven by their conquest in much of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and the glorious defeat of the Israeli war machine which freed Gaza. They point out that every time Israel invaded Gaza they were unable to conquer it and that brave Palestinian resistance forced the Jews from those holy Islamic lands and will push them from these holy lands in the Galilee and return it to its rightful Islamic control. In Gaza in the schools run by Hamas or Islamic Jihad or even UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) run schools teach the children that they used to live in a randomly chosen city within Israel such as Ashdod, Nahariya, Akko, Beersheba or even Tel Aviv. Some are told they come from villages which no longer exist but that the lands still belong to them and the Jews stole their lands. Each child is given such a place and it is recorded and that child will have this origin within Israel infused into their reality and in many cases the parents cooperate with this falsehood at home either out of loyalty to the cause or sheer fear of retribution should their child ever report they were subverting the child’s proper education. These children will become the cause celeb when the time comes for rioting and other violence committed with the intent of driving the Jews into the sea one square millimeter at a time.

 

The recent push at the Temple Mount will likely be a central target depicting the evils of colonialism by the Jews subjugating their destitute and suffering Muslims, both those in Israel and the Arab Palestinians in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. The Temple Mount will receive special attention as there is the safety of the al-Aqsa Mosque which the world must defend if they ever hope to prove they are not Islamophobic. Israel will be denounced by speaker after speaker and may even be ignobly knighted as the harbinger of hatreds by Pope Francis himself, a self-appointed anointer of knights of peace and angels of harmony as he was accredited with having bestowed upon the head of Mahmoud Abbas as part of the ceremonies which were designed to place Israel as the attestation of hardship and violence. The Pope prayed for the anti-terror wall to be cut asunder as it was a harbinger of Apartheid state and was all the argument necessary to prove the guilt of Israel and simply the Jews returning to the ways of their original sin against all Christianity. This was simply another outbreak of Christian replacement theology and further proof that Pope Francis did not abide by the absolution of the Jewish People for their part in the deicide of Jesus. Adding onto the Papal visit, these past few weeks since Abbas demanded that the rioting be ramped to a higher and more violent level claiming this was necessary to prevent the Jews from continuing to “defile it with their filthy feet” referencing the al-Aqsa Mosque depicting the entirety of the Temple Mount. This was done ahead of Abbas meeting with French President Francois Hollande who called for “peace, calm and the respect of principles” adding after his meeting with Abbas, “I expressed our attachment to the status quo over the mosque compound.” In a conversation with Jordanian King Abdullah II the French President restated his support for the maintaining the ban on Jewish prayers on the Temple Mount. Since then numerous spokespersons have added their voices to the chorus of Amen with all demanding that Jewish prayers not be permitted on the Temple Mount. Jewish prayers on the Temple Mount existed well before the existence of any of the structures currently occupying the space. There is sufficient room to place the Third Temple on the Temple Mount and refusing to permit such will speak loudly and clearly enough that every Jew will hear and understand. Such a proclamation from the world will fall on deaf ears because long before we could hear and understand the hatreds voiced in these days we made a far more important vow when we answered at Mount Sinai on the eve of the Giving of the Torah, מתן תורה. The people of Israel collectively cried out, “We obey and we will listen” נעשה ונשמע –by which it was meant we accept any commandment God gives us and we commit to keeping them even before we have heard what they are.

 

 

Third Temple on Temple Mount Sharing with Dome of the Rock as equals

The entire idea of forbidding Jews to pray on the Temple Mount was granted to end rioting on the Temple Mount coming into the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and Islamic leaders including Jordanian King Abdullah II demanded that all Jewish praying be banned for that month in exchange for relative calm. There was a period of relative calm for a week to ten days and then the rioting continued and has only escalated ever since. The expressed aim is to push the Jews from the Temple Mount, the surrounding neighborhoods and from having access to the Western Wall. Should the Arab Palestinians receive the support they seek from world figures, as has flowed freely over the past month and is about to reach tsunamic proportions with the opening ceremonies for the General Assembly approaching where there will be an orgy of hate Israel denounce the Jews coming in speech after speech. Europeans and potentially the United States will largely give some form of recognition for the status quo to be maintained on the Temple Mount which is tantamount to forbidding Jews the right to say any form of gratitude or supplication to Hashem on what is the holiest of all places on earth to the Jews. Such demands are another manner of acclaiming the Islamic designs that their holy sites cannot and will not be shared with any other religion and that if a place is holy to another faith and any Islamic structure is built at the same location that the other religion must be banned from giving their prayers and supplication from that day on. Such a demand will preclude any possibility for the Temple to be rebuilt on the Temple Mount even should Israel enlarge the area in order to guarantee there will be no damage or lessening of the appearance of any existing structure by building at a respectable distance. This is not what the forces led by Mahmoud Abbas desire; they demand a Temple Mount eventually free of all structures not Islamic in their intention which means that the churches on the Temple Mount are also endangered by these demands. Today it is Jews may not pray and already they enforce against Christian prayer and have demanded that any Prayers given in the churches on the Temple Mount must take care so as not to be heard beyond their doors and they are not permitted by order of the Waqf not to ring their chimes, their bells which have been silent for far too long. This rioting is the front lines of a terror war and Abbas threats of another intifada is no threat as the third intifada began over a year ago and has been ramped up slowly bringing the water to a boil while the unfortunate frog keeps being told by the rest of the animals watching that it is not that hot, just stay the course. That course will include butter with the frog legs and a nice parfait for desert. Can we get you fries with your meal?

 

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July 16, 2013

Tisha B’Av and the Third Temple in Jerusalem

Today is Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av. Tisha B’Av is a day of remembrance of the First Temple and the Second Temple and the many times and actions against the Children of Israel throughout history from every corner of the Earth. In order to properly morn the losses and hardships, feel the pain of those generations and our brothers and sisters throughout some of the darkest of times in which a Jew could have lived, or merely to have survived and kept our faith despite the challenges, we fast and spend the day in prayer and read from the Book of Lamentations. We also project hope on this the saddest day of the year for a Jew. We hope that this will be the last Tisha B’Av because the Temple will be rebuilt and the Moshiach will have come and all suffering will have ended and the perfect age has at last come to be as a blessing. But this year not only do I have difficulty in projecting even the smallest glimmer of hope for the restoration of the Temple, I actually fear that the Temple could be built in this time when we, the Jewish People are not worthy to receive such an honor as we have yet to learn one of the lessons from the loss of one of our Holy Temples in Jerusalem and we also are not obeying some of the most basic laws of Torah which the L0rd our G0d expects from us.

The lack of Torah obedience is easy to see almost anywhere that you find Jewish communities. Many Jews walk around with their heads uncovered even though there is no threat to their health and being from wearing the Kippah honoring our covenant with G0d. Most Jews do not commit to their daily prayers, keep a kosher kitchen, or obey many of the six-hundred-thirteen commandments and too many cannot even keep the Ten Commandments, those commandments which really were written in stone. And the most disheartening lack shown by Jews is their resistance to outright refusal to fulfill the command to settle the Land of Israel, to take hold of and possess all of the lands which were the divine gift to our people. Not only do many refuse to do their part by returning to our homeland but some, even among those living within our blessed lands, actually work and use every weapon at hand to prevent those who wish to settle the lands, all the lands, from building their communities on any part of those lands. They must act to make all of Judea and Samaria and Benyamin with all of Jerusalem incorporated and an intricate part of Eretz Yisroel. But even this does not give me the most distress again this year.

Once again this year we find that the Jewish People are not yet worthy to receive or build the Third Temple. The reason we are not fit to build or receive the Third Temple is simply because we have yet to learn the lessons from the destruction of the first two Temples. We had the First Temple destroyed due to tossing our way and forgetting to do the commandments that are part of our obligations to our Divine Covenant. In simple words, we became a nation of sinners. The most egregious of our sins was falling into idolatry, the most heinous sin and insult of our L0rd through actions possible for a Jew to commit. It could be said that this sin still infects the Children of Israel in the form of those who show greater love and devotion to wealth, property, items, and what are simply the modern golden calves than they show appreciation, love, respect or obedience to the L0rd. But even this is something which can be rectified through a rededication of the Children of Israel. What about our other sin which caused the destruction of the Second Temple?

The destruction of the Second Temple was caused by the committing of the worst acts imaginable, we were guilty of Sinas Chinam, unfounded, spiteful, baseless hatreds of our fellow brothers and sisters. Holding those of the other tribes or even those from our own tribe up for spite, disparage, slander, and baseless accusations. For the hatred of ourselves we lost the Second Temple and faced the dispersion of our peoples to the far corners of the known world leading to two millennia of wandering lacking a permanent place to call home. It was during these two millennia when our brethren lived as if under the curse from Leviticus 26: 36-7 where it states, “I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them. They will stumble over one another as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies.” The most frightening reality is that today we suffer from this horrific sin of Sinas Chinam. It can be witnessed towards those who are settling all of the lands, it is found between the separate factions especially of late between some who claim to be the exemplary learners and studiers of Torah, and in more manners than one can easily count between many who remain in the Diaspora. We are infected with Sinas Chinam from every conceivable source, through politics, Torah observance, who and how one should contribute and serve for the nations of Israel’s defense, acceptance of the varied traditions resultant of living for two millennia of diaspora separation of communities, whether or not to return home to Israel, and even whether or not as Jews we should be supportive of Israel. Should the Temple be rebuilt today we would likely find that whatever construction was performed under the light of the day would come undone under the cover of the dark night for we are yet to be worthy and deserving of receiving the renewal of the Temple.

Again this Tisha B’Av we will continue to be filled with the pains of remorse and loss while we fast adding real hunger to our hunger for a better world where the Temple is rebuilt and the Moshiach has come ushering G0d’s rule on Earth as it is in Heaven. We can also take a small comfort in the fact that more of us have returned home and Israel herself is steadily becoming more Torah observant. There is hope in that the children of Israel are awakening to the truth that all of Judea and Samaria must be retained as part of Israel as it must not be any other way. Many Jews are waking to the necessity to take full possession over the Temple Mount and that it must once again hear the songs of Jewish prayers. And I am even hopeful that as Jews we are learning that though we may pronounce words differently, not all of us are fluent quite yet in Hebrew, and we are at the early stages of a rebirth within the family of Israel thus we are beginning to move in the correct direction and hope for the future is possible. Let us dedicate ourselves to making each future Tisha B’Av a little closer to that future Tisha B’Av where the final Temple is rising atop of Jerusalem like the crown of His Glory that it should be and that we will finally be worthy of such a gift.

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