“Unesco’s stance on the Temple Mount is a violation of its promise to “create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values.”
Hundreds gathered in Jerusalem to witness history as Menorah lit using pure olive oil to Temple standards for first time in 2000 years.
On Monday, the seventh day of Hanukkah, a truly unique and historic event took place for the first time in nearly 2,000 years.
In the Old City of Jerusalem, hundreds gathered to witness the lighting of a hanukkiah, or menorah, using pure olive oil made to the precise specifications as the oil used to light the menorah in the ancient Jewish Temples.
This year, the Temple Institute has produced pure olive oil fit for use in the Menorah of the Temple for what it says is the first time in two thousand years.
The holiday of Hanukka is known as the festival of lights, but in many respects it is also the festival of oil, specifically the olive oil used in Temple times to light the Temple menorah, which we commemorate by lighting hanukkiot, as well as feasting on festive treats such as doughnuts and latkes.
This year, the Temple Institute, an educational and activist group dedicated to preparing the vessels for a third Temple, has produced pure olive oil fit for use in the menorah of the Temple for what it says is the first time in 2,000 years.
The production of four and a half liters of the precious olive oil this year was an extremely complex process due to the necessity of keeping it pure according to Jewish law. In addition, the ceramic flasks also had to made to conform to the standards of religious purity required for use in the Temple.
The newly pressed olive oil will feature in a festive procession through the Old City of Jerusalem on the seventh night of Hanukka on Monday from the Zion Gate to the Temple Institute’s visitors center.
According to Rabbi Haim Richman, director of the institute’s international department, the production of the olive oil required precise knowledge of an extremely specialized and complex area of Jewish law.
Due to the exacting requirements of Jewish law for producing this pure oil, the research undertaken into these precise requirements was extensive and exhaustive, said the rabbi.
One requirement for the production process was that no fertilizer be used in the growing of the olives themselves, so the institute needed to find olives grown organically. One such organic olive grove was found in the town of Ramot in the Golan Heights.
There, earlier this month, Richman and others from the Institute harvested around 150kg of olives and pressed them under strict supervision and stringent conditions, such as the requirement that no metal come into contact with the olives, into four and a half liters of olive oil.
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Over the eight days of Hanukkah, Jews around the world light the menorah, or the ‘hanukkiyah’ as it’s called in Israel, to celebrate the miracles that happened in the days of the Maccabees. Jewish groups in many cities internationally are joined by public officials who take part in the pirsumi nisa, the public announcement of the miracle, by lighting huge menorahs in public squares. Ironically, the only place in the Western world where Jews are not allowed to light the menorah, is the exact location where the miracle took place, namely, the Temple Mount. Again, we hear in the news that the Israeli police have arrested a Jewish man who tried taking a candle onto the Temple Mount during Hanukkah.
Forty-seven years after the liberation of the Mount by the IDF, what does the famous quote by General Motta Gur mean – Har Habayit Beyadeinu, “the Temple Mount is in our hands”? As we light Hanukkah candles each night of the holiday of Hanukkah, we say blessings thanking God for His miracles in those days – the days of the Maccabees – and at this time.
I think that the time has come that the State of Israel apply full Israeli sovereignty on the most holy place for the Jewish people, and allow Jews freedom of prayer on the Temple Mount. That would be a true expression of the miracles that took place in those days and at this time. Chag sameach.
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Three weeks after being released from a hospital after nearly losing his life to a Palestinian terrorist, Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick’s lawyer announced Tuesday that he is filing a police complaint against an Al-Aqsa Mosque cleric who incites violence against Jews.
In the complaint, filed on Glick’s behalf by attorney Uriel Nizri, Nizri cites a YouTube video posted last week showing Omar Abu Sara, known as the “al-Aqsa Preacher,” denigrating Jews and calling for their collective slaughter in a sermon.
In the video, Sara describes Jews as “the most evil creatures ever on the earth.”
“We live in days when we are in close proximity with the Jews,” he says in the YouTube diatribe. “I say to the Jews clearly: It’s time to slaughter you. It’s time to fight you. It’s time to kill you.”
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When my late father would hum to to himself, “may the Temple be rebuilt in our time”, he was not thinking of a political plan or a potential ideological agenda, only of an ancient Jewish soul music song.
He could not have imagined Naftali Bennett, Yehuda Glick or Moshe Feigllin as icons of the neo-Jew. He could not have imagined the idea being promoted by these three to rebuild the ancient Jewish Temple as concrete and viable plans; for my father, the Temple was an eternal yearning. This is the real gap between the Israeli generations: Grandpa and grandma did not conceive of an independent state, mother and father did not conceive of the Temple, and the grandsons are already conversing with the Messiah. Two generations read Israel’s future – our present – completely wrong. Those generations are gone now, but the Temple has been resurrected and turned into a political work plan. It is a huge and inspired idea that has naturally replaced the old, worn down content. Once we used to talk about the resurrection of the Hebrew language, the redemption of the land and of man, of nationality, of multi-culturalism, a melting pot. Today we talk about the Temple. Not all of us, but it is only a question of time.
We are nearing a third Israeli revolution. The first lasted from 1948 to 1977. It inspired the founders of the state to lay down the foundations for a secular and socialist state. Their energy lasted 29 years. In 1977, they were deposed and replaced by the second Israeli revolution. This one turned Israel into a religious, nationalistic and capitalistic society and state. On Israel’s 70th anniversary, in 2018, the second Israel will celebrate nearly four decades. Apparently this revolution has run its course, as well.
Out of the ruins of the two, a third revolution is emerging. The idea at the heart of the first revolution was the state, the second’s was territory – a greater Israel comprising the land on both sides of the Jordan River. And the third revolution is motivated by an idea, which overshadows all the rest – the Temple.
From the West and from Tel Aviv, this idea seems remote and surreal, but in Jerusalem and the occupied territories it is a practical, political plan. Institutions, seminars, pilgrimages and known personas have turned this primordial yearning into a hands-on policy. I would not be surprised if a majority among the Likud party’s elected bodies support the Temple Mount Faithful.
The secular, veteran elite, the one that lived by Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s creed, the ruling party’s elite, no longer exists. Rivlin is up, while the more moderate and liberal Likud veterans – the “Meridor”s and “Begin”s – are down and [Benjamin] Netanyahu is only a flimsy facade, a worn mask of one-time glory. As long as the idea of the Temple and its resurrection was kept behind a political and rabbinical lock and a key, Israel was a sort of secular state. The moment the gatekeepers failed and the prison was broken into, the Temple and its demons escaped and there is no one to stop them.
The reasons for the growing popularity of the Temple idea are varied. First and foremost, God has been awakened. Then came state funding funneled to institutions and Jewish seminars which have been cultivating the Temple idea for decade, funding that changed the character of Israeli democracy. The ideologies were always there but this old-new idea has been imbued with a sense of urgency, a real sense of the end of days, according to which any clash of civilizations (even between Christianity and a Muslim Caliphate) is meant only to enable the resurrection and rebuilding of the Jewish God’s kingdom.
Several Jewish attempts to blow up the Temple Mount’s mosques have been exposed in the past. They were all foiled, but the motivation has not disappeared. On the other hand, despite all of the placating words spoken by Yehuda Glick and his foolish disciples, it is not likely they will ever succeed in enlisting supporters who are not violent and do not crave to destroy the mosques. Their supporters are encouraged by the fact that the issue, which was once on the farthest national and spiritual sidelines, has been turned into a focal point of rightist ideas. Israel has already been conquered by these idea, and in order to prevent any appeals against this conquest, they now want to re-liberate the Temple Mount and the holy goal justifies the means.
I think that this issue has become the deepest and most essential issue of Israeli politics. It has become the test which defines the political camps in Israel. Who is in favor of a Temple? Turn right. Who is in favor of rehabilitating Israel as a secular and democratic state? Turn left.
Sadly, the Israeli left is lacking a leadership that can handle such a confrontation. Such leadership could have had a chance of turning this current madness into a winning political force. The separation of state and religion, keeping agitators away from the Temple Mount and bringing down the pyromaniacs. The answer to slogans like “the left will divide Jerusalem” is “the Likud is building the Temple.” The answer to “the left will return everything” is “the right blows up mosques.” The response to “Security is Bibi’s strength” must be “Netanyahu is responsible for the Third World War, the War of Religion.” Above all should hover the understanding that “the right is the Temple, it is the Jewish Daesh” (Islamic State).
Parts of the Muslim world want to go back to the seventh century and the mythological Caliphate. Some Jews want to go back even farther, to 70 AD, to the day before the destruction of the Temple on the 9th of the Jewish month of Av. The only way to fight them is in the present, in the year 2014 AD. For that there is still a majority in Israel, in Palestine and in the Middle East.
Avraham (Avrum) Burg served as Speaker of the 15th Knesset and Chairman of the Jewish Agency. He is a writer and Senior Fellow of the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue, Vienna.
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Joint HQ of Temple Organizations livid as police breach High Court ruling by allowing Muslim desecration of holiest site in Judaism.
By Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar, First Publish: 12/2/2014, 5:55 PM
The Joint Headquarters of Temple Organizations (Joint HQ) reported that a Jew in his early 30s asked police present at the site to stop the soccer game, but that they refused.
“The officers who gave a free hand to the criminals, apart from the fact that they acted in breach of the law and in breach of the stated decision of the High Court on the topic – their behavior also is in complete breach of the written declaration of Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich,” said the Joint HQ.
As noted, Aharonovich last September made promises to enforce the law passed by the High Court years ago banning the soccer games on the holy site.
The Joint HQ noted that Aharonovich responded to questions from MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) on the topic saying “the officers acted in contradiction to the law and their obligations,” adding that the police are indeed required to stop the games.
“Police will from now on conscientiously enforce the law, and I have ordered police commanders to do so. Police are already working through several channels that the sanctity of the site is preserved,” promised Aharonovich at the time.
“It’s not enough that the police breach the law on the Temple Mount, when they don’t carry out their duty to prevent desecration of the site of the Temple and the harm to the sensitives of Jews on the Temple Mount,” wrote the Joint HQ. “The police have gone further by giving criminals cover, and arresting the harmed Jews.”
The organizations called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “to stop the alienating of the Temple Mount, and to order the police to protect the law, and to defend the Jews on the Temple Mount.
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