Sunday, May 20, 2012

Wanna Pray on the Temple Mount?

How to pray on the Temple Mount.

A beginner's guide.

Here.  The clip.

[And from today, including prostrations]

It helps to know Hebrew - but you'd be saying the prayers in Hebrew anyway, right?


Yehuda Etzion (upper left) lecturing today on the Temple Mount:


The calm and rational reaction of Muslims to the exercise by Jews of the right to free worship and religious freedom:

Dozens of Jewish settlers started Sunday morning to flock into the courtyards of the Aqsa Mosque at the invitation of the right-wing Likud party to celebrate the occupation of east Jerusalem.  According to the Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage, a group of about 25 settlers desecrated this morning the Aqsa Mosque and walked in its courtyards amid expectations that seven extremist Knesset members will also defile the sanctity of the Islamic holy Mosque.

These Jewish break-ins at the Aqsa Mosque are carried out under tight military and security protection, and amid restrictions imposed on all Muslim worshipers and citizens in the holy city...The preparatory committee of the popular conference on Jerusalem urged all Palestinians who have access to the holy city to be present in the morning at the Aqsa Mosque to thwart any Israeli attempt to violate its sanctity.

...For his part, head of the higher council of Islamic courts in Palestine Sheikh Yousuf Adeis called on the Palestinian people to beware of the Jewish schemes against the Aqsa Mosque and to be present all day and night inside it to protect it.  Sheikh Adeis urged the Arab League, the organization of Islamic cooperation and the international community to immediately move to protect the Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinians against the settlers’ violations.

He stressed the city of Jerusalem is an Arab Islamic city and the Aqsa Mosque, with all its premises, gates and walls including the Buraq wall, belongs only to Muslims.

From PM Netanyahu's declaration at today's cabinet session:

We are committed to the liberation of Jerusalem...A second thing that we are committed to, first of all, is to the city's past. Jerusalem was a city of the Bible, Jerusalem will be a city of the Bible. Today, we will make a series of decisions that will enable us to build Biblical sites in the city that will enhance and explain our link to the Land of the Bible, to Zion, and also allow millions of people, no less, millions of people to have a direct appreciation of Israel's heritage as it finds expression in the Bible. This will be Jerusalem and this is very important.

And his speech at the Ammunition Hill Ceremony:

...[alll the world's synagogues] face the place that has always been the center of our national and spiritual life, the place that reminds us of our glorious past and serves as the focus of our hopes for the future. And we will not turn our backs on those who have faced Jerusalem for generations. We will preserve Jerusalem because an Israel without Jerusalem is like a body without a heart. It was on this hill, 45 years ago, that the heart that unites our people began to beat again with full strength; and our heart will never be divided again.

There are people who believe that if we just divide Jerusalem, which means eventually conceding the Temple Mount – they believe we will have peace [Ehud Olmert - YM =   who called for the city to be redivided in an interview published Sunday in the Maariv daily, and who offered to divide the city in a 2008 peace proposal and in September 2010 he said that he was prepared as prime minister to share Jerusalem's holy sites, which include the Western Wall and the Temple Mount -- known to Muslims as Haram-al-Sharif -- with the Palestinians. "It will not be ours nor the Palestinians... (it) will be managed by an international trustee which includes (other) countries,"].  They believe that, but they are wrong. I am doubtful, to put it mildly, that if we grant other forces control over that square above the Temple Mount, we won't see the situation deteriorate so quickly that will devolve into a religious and sectarian war. I also know that this is the lesson of the ages – that only under Israeli rule, under Israeli sovereignty – access and freedom of religion and freedom of worship for all religions has been and will continue to be ensured. Only under Israel. Only under Israel will the quiet be maintained; only under Israel will peace between the religions be maintained. Sustainable peace is made with strong nations, and an Israel without a unified Jerusalem will be like a body with a weak heart. I want to say something else: a nation that is willing to sacrifice its heart will only convince its enemies that it lacks the willpower to fight for anything...

...we are witnesses to the fulfillment of the words of the prophets. We saw the resurrection of Zion; we saw the restoration of the sovereignty of the people of Israel here in the Land of Israel; we saw the ingathering of the exiles; and we saw the unification and rebuilding of Jerusalem. Our generation also bears the tremendous responsibility of ensuring that we safeguard this transformation for future generations.  The prophet Isaiah said: "Wake, wake! Arise, O Jerusalem." Well, Jerusalem has arisen. After centuries of repression and intolerance by other faiths, Jerusalem has arisen and been unified.

I remember the day when Motta Gur said that the Temple Mount was in our
possession. Whose heart did not tremble? Who did not think then about David and Solomon, about Isaiah and Jeremiah, about the prophesies of hope and the lamentations of destruction? Who did not feel the prayer of generations that beats within us? I felt it and so did you...

...Jerusalem is where our past has been uncovered and our future has been built, the place where our unparalleled spiritual treasures reside...For 45 years, we have built and developed Jerusalem – North and South, East and West. We will continue to build Jerusalem.  We will continue to develop our capital and we will continue to ensure that its golden light continues to light the future of our people and shine a light across the world – the light of Jerusalem.


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