Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Temple Mount

Reuters Photo: (caption) Orthodox Jews pray in Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site in Jerusalem's Old City, January 7, 2006. The latest scan of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's brain showed slight improvement in his condition on Saturday but his life remained in danger three days after he suffered a massive stroke, doctors said. Tovya says: Okay a few problems with this caption. (A) They are not praying "in" the Western Wall, they are praying "at" it. Big difference. Now, yes, we would rather be davening "within" the walls, but that's neither here nor there. (B) It's not Judaism's holiest site, the truth lies in the previous comment. It's "within" the walls, the Temple Mount itself, that lies our holiest site, not on the outside of it. The media consistently attempts to imply that we revere the wall itself as though it were the sacred embodiment of Judaism. Nothing could be further from the truth. We revere the Temple Mount because of the Beis Hamikdash that once stood there (and will again, I might add). The wall is simply what remains of the original retaining wall structure. Therefore amongst other reasons, by davening at the Kotel, we in turn are showing Hashem that we truly desire the building of the 3rd Temple so that we may offer our prayers/sacrifices properly once again. Yes, I know, I sound like I am nitpicking the media, but it really is a serious issue. We need to get this idea out of the goyim's head that we are complacent with davening outside of the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount is ours, period. Either figure that out now, or learn the hard way later, people.

5 Comments:

Blogger Stevin said...

Agreed. However, they don't want to accept that it is ours while the Dome and the Al-Aqsa mosques reside upon it. In fact, I think they prefer it that way.
I don't see how we can ever get the mount back, but we will. I trust that we will. HaShem has promised it.

1/10/2006 04:41:00 PM  
Blogger Tovya @ Zion Report said...

Stevin,

One day, I don't know when, but we shall take that which we should have taken control of 39 years ago.

1/10/2006 06:18:00 PM  
Blogger Judah HaKohain said...

Bingo. Well said.

1/10/2006 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger ELAshley said...

Let me ask what may sound like a crazy question... Is is necessary that the Mosque be removed for the Temple to be rebuilt? Is their no room for co-existence?

I'm not trying to argue that Israel should make such a compromise, I just hear a lot of speculation within Christian circles that this is a possibility.

Personally, I can't imagine G-d (why do you spell it out this way? Out of deference to you, I'll emulate it, but I don't understand why) would like the idea that His Temple sat next to the marker of a godless religion.

1/11/2006 02:33:00 PM  
Blogger Tovya @ Zion Report said...

Judah:

Thanks

elashley:

definitely can't have that mosque next to the temple. it's not a house of idolatry, but still cannot stand along side the holy temple.

now how the mosque leaves, well that the question. i think we'll leave that to moshaich...

1/11/2006 09:35:00 PM  

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