For Zion Sake למען ציון

In the past, Jews have had to defend their faith against empires that sought their destruction. Like the Maccabees1 who stood up for what they believed was true even against all odds. They would not submit to the attack against their faith, customs and Torah. With a righteous indignation against such an attack, the Maccabees stood up against the Greeks and fought a holy war of resistance that was for Zion’s sake.

The same was the case during the Jewish resistance against the Romans, who sought similar religious sanctions against the Jewish faith. The motto of the Jewish revolt against the Romans was “for Zion’s sake” from Isaiah 62:1. This phrase was minted on top of the Roman “Judea Captured” coin[i] that bore the symbol of Judea’s defeat to the Romans.

What neither the Greeks nor the Romans could know was that they were actually fighting a losing battle. At the time, their victory over the Jewish “religious fanatics” that just wouldn’t conform to the winds of change seemed assured. However, neither the Greeks nor the Romans have survived as empires, and their greatness is no longer. Today their memories remain in museums, historic art, and ruins, while the Jews are still here and becoming stronger as a people. The Jews who have the heart of the Maccabees have stood the test of time.

Today, a similar challenge is set before us by Europe and America, as they attempt to conform Israel and the Jewish people to their standards, their ideas of government, etc. However, at the core of the conflict today between Israel and the rest of the world stands the issue of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount (aka Mount Zion) the so called “status quo.”[ii] Similarly to the time of Antiochus IV Epiphanies when the Temple became the center of his conflict with the Jews. Read more

US Meeting Schedule

Jan. 27 Church of the Nations 7:00PM

5902 11th Place

Lubbock, TX 79416

Jan. 28 GLC TV interview

Jan. 29 Radio interview 08:00AM Roswell, NM

Jan. 30 Saturday meeting 11:00AM Roswell, NM

Jan. 31 Sunday service 10:00AM Roswell, NM

202 South Sunset, Roswell, NM 88203

Call Pastor Mark Green for more details: 575-317-1522

 


 

Feb. 2 Amarillo Texas Cry for Zion Event

Doron Keidar is coming to Amarillo, Texas

When: Tuesday February 2nd 2016.
Where: 619 S. Tyler, Basement (Go to stairs next to OHMS).

ATRIUM PLAZA ACROSS FROM THE CHASE TOWER
Time: 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm.
Israel Wine & Cheese
Doron will be telling us about current events in Israel.

Please email or call if you have any questions – Doron would love to meet you.

PLEASE COME TO A WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION
FOR OUR FRIEND FROM ISRAEL – 5:45 pm Tuesday Feb. 2nd 2016.

http://www.texansforisrael.com
info@texansforisrael.com
806-373-8899


 

Feb. 3 Morning Bible Study Amarillo, TX

Feb. 3 Powerhouse Church 7:00PM
210 E 98th St
Lubbock, TX

Feb. 7 Triumph Centre 10:30AM
7800 Holbrook NE
Albuquerque NM 87122

Feb. 10 Toni and JaNa’ Handley 6:30PM
4610 Thomason Dr.
Midland, TX 79703

Feb. 14 Kalona Christian Fellowship, IA 10:00AM
229 S 14th St, Kalona, IA 52247

600 Jews encircle the Temple Mount in prayer

Revived 1,000-year-old tradition gets a boost with hundreds of French seminary girls, holding Jewish new month prayers at each gate.

Article by Ido Ben-Porat, First Published: 1/11/2016, 10:56 PM

Around 600 Jews took part in a march around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Sunday night for Rosh Chodesh, welcoming the Jewish month of Shevat with prayer in a traditional march around the gates.

The participants prayed at each gate of the Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, in a monthly call for the construction of the Third Temple. Read more

Bill: Allow Jews to pray on Temple Mount

MK Bezalel Smotrich’s bill to ensure full freedom of access, worship to every religion at every Israeli holy site – Temple Mount included.

By Tova Dvorin

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) submitted a bill demanding that Jews be allowed freedom of worship on the Temple Mount this week, hoping to pave the way for full religious freedom at Judaism’s holiest site.

The bill effectively would demand that Israel’s religious freedom laws include full access of worship to every holy site in the country with regard to all religions – including the Mount.

While Israel technically guarantees freedom of religion, the law has a “lacuna” which “does not protect, specifically, freedom of worship and freedom of access.” Read more

Incredible archaeological find strengthens Israel’s history to Mount Zion

By Ari Soffer,

Archaeologists unearth seal of King Hezekiah of Judea near Temple Mount – shedding new, exciting light on the Bibilical narrative.

Archaeologists digging just south of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount have made a historic discovery, unearthing the first-ever seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king ever exposed in situ in a scientific archaeological excavation.

The discovery, made during Ophel excavations at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, is an impression of the royal seal of the Biblical King Hezekiah, who reigned between 727–698 BCE.

Measuring 9.7 X 8.6 mm, the oval impression was imprinted on a 3 mm thick soft bulla (piece of inscribed clay) measuring 13 X 12 mm. Around the impression is the depression left by the frame of the ring in which the seal was set.

The impression bears an insc‎ription in ancient Hebrew sc‎ript reading: “לחזקיהו [בן] אחז מלך יהדה”//“Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah.” Read more

Yehudah Glick: The Time Has Come for Israel to Stop Apologizing Over the Temple Mount

The Temple Mount is the “number one Jewish venue” and Israeli politicians need to stop apologizing for it, said Temple Mount Heritage Foundation founder Rabbi Yehudah Glick in agreement with comments made by Israeli officials last week.

During last week’s Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference, when asked about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained that one of his unshakable “solid principles” is that “the Palestinians will have to finally recognize the Jewish state.”

“They cannot ask for a nation-state for themselves and not accord one to us. After all, we’ve only been here about 4,000 years. We have some connection to this land, to this city [of Jerusalem],” he said to applause.

“Four-hundred yards from here is David’s City and an equal distance the Temple Mount. It’s named the Temple Mount because on this mount was a temple, the place where Abraham first visited and Solomon built the Temple and Jesus overturned the money tables, the money changers table, on that Temple,” the prime minister explained. “All of this from Solomon’s time to the rise of Islam and preceded Islam by 1,500 years. We have some connection, modest, to this land, to this city, to this mount. And yet we recognize that there is another people here and were willing to forge a peace.”

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In response to the prime minister, Glick, whose known internationally for his work in opening up access to the Temple Mount for people of all religions, said to Breaking Israel News, “I’m very happy that Netanyahu, in front of all the diplomatic representatives in Israel from all over the world, said it loud and clear, without apologizing for anything.”

“While talking with [US Secretary of State] Kerry and [Jordan’s] King Abdullah, Netanyahu repeated again and again the status quo and political arrangements. But we didn’t hear loud and clear a statement about the fact that the place of the Temple Mount has in Jewish life.”

When asked whether the prime minister’s comments are a way to counter Palestinian attempts to change the narrative and history of the Temple Mount, Glick told Breaking Israel News, “It definitely is because the Palestinians are not afraid to say again and again that this is a Muslim place and only Muslims have a right to come here, that Jews have no right to the place.”

While Glick waxed poetic about the prime minister, he offered some harsh truths to opposition leader Issac Herzog who warned Jewish presence on the holy site will only continue to feed the flames of tension between Israel and the Palestinians.

Ahead of the conference, Herzog called out Temple Mount activists in an interview with The Jerusalem Post, saying that those who encourage others to visit the Temple Mount are “hypocritical” because “even the strictest Zionist yeshiva oppose it.”

“As leaders, we have to prevent actions that can have consequences we don’t understand,” Herzog said, citing a ruling by his grandfather, former chief Rabbi Yitzchak Halevi Herzog. Following the War of Independence in 1948, Rabbi Herzog instructed soldiers who ascended the mount to quickly leave and “lock the place up and throw away the key.”

In response, Glick told Breaking Israel News, “It was unfortunate to hear that Herzog starts teaching us rabbinical law, playing the rabbi. When was the last time he followed rabbinical authority? Suddenly here, when it comes to the Temple Mount, he finds himself in the footsteps of rabbinical authorities.”

“There are more than 300 rabbis who support ascending to the Temple Mount, the majority of them modern-orthodox Zionist rabbinical authority. The majority of the rabbis who are against ascending to the Temple Mount are the same as the majority of the rabbis who were against immigrating to Israel at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th. I don’t think it was wise on Herzog’s side to get himself involved in a legitimate rabbinical dispute.”

While Glick may not agree with Herzog’s views on whether Jews should be allowed to ascend the Temple Mount, he did praise the opposition leader for his acknowledgement of the holy status of the site for the Jewish nation.

“It’s very refreshing to hear the unanimous agreement between Prime Minister Netanyahu and the opposition leader Herzog on the fact that the Temple Mount is the most holy place in the world for the Jewish people,” he said to Breaking Israel News. “It was very important that the prime minister of Israel, together with the head of the opposition, both said without apologizing that the Temple Mount is the number one Jewish venue.”

Why does the Mufti lie?

Brian Schrauger from Bridges For Peace News has written an important article regarding the current situation on the Temple Mount (ed. note).

Monday, 26 October 2015. The foremost legal scholar of Islam in Jerusalem is the Grand Mufti, Muhammad Hussein. He recently asserted that the first man, Adam, perhaps with the help of angels, built today’s Dome of the Rock, the 1,300-year-old Islamic shrine that sits atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. Accordingly, he said, the site has been an Islamic mosque “3,000 years ago and 30,000 years ago.”  Read more

Temple Mount activists: Prayer ban for Jews is discrimination

Temple Mount activist groups denounced on Sunday the recent diplomatic efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry, along with comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in support of the longstanding status quo on the Temple Mount in which Jews and other non-Muslims are banned from praying at the holy site.

Kerry held meetings on Saturday in Amman with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, and in Germany with Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the issue.

Netanyahu said during a press conference Saturday night that, “Israel will continue to enforce its longstanding policy: Muslims pray on the Temple Mount; non-Muslims visit the Temple Mount.”

Organizations that have strongly advocated for Jewish visitation and prayer rights at the Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism and a holy site for Muslims – accused Kerry and Netanyahu of breaching international and Israeli law in preventing Jews from praying there. Read more

Why the Status Quo on the Temple Mount Needs to Change

The fact that al-Aqsa is not in danger, does not mean that the status quo on the Temple Mount should remain constant. To the contrary, it must change on both strategic and moral grounds; and for the sake of true Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 4:42 PM

All of Israel’s leaders, Including Prime Minister Netanyahu and the opposition leaders, as well as senior officials and most of Israel’s commentators and journalists, keep on reiterating that Israel has no intention of changing the “status quo” on the Temple Mount. They emphasize over and over again that the Palestinian campaign to wit “al-Aqsa is in danger” – is a modern blood libel.

It clearly is a modern blood libel.

When the Jordanian-Palestinian Jerusalem newspaper, al-Quds reappeared in 1968, it noted with satisfaction that in Ramadan of that year 600 Muslims came to pray at al-Aqsa. In July 2015 during Ramadan, 47 years after al-Aqsa purported has been in danger under Israeli rule, it reported (along with Hamas media outlets) that 300,000 Muslims did so.

“Al-Aqsa is in danger” has just about the same validity as the assertion that Israel is involved in ethnic cleansing in the territories. The Arab populations of Judea and Samaria/the West Bank and Gaza have grown at least four-fold since 1967 and so has the standard of living – which explains in large part why the number of Muslims praying in al-Aqsa has grown exponentially.

However, that al-Aqsa is not in danger does not mean that the status quo on the Temple Mount should remain. To the contrary, it must change on both strategic and moral grounds. Read more

Rabbi Yehuda Glick’s Miraculous Survival, One-Year Celebration

Doron Keidar reporting from the Menachem Begin Heritage Center of the one year celebration of the attempted assassination of Rabbi Yehuda Glick who is one of the leading Temple Mount activist and has become an icon in Israel on Temple Mount advocacy since his attempted assassination last year.

In celebration of his recovery, Mr. Glick invited many to come and celebrate what God did in allowing him to live against all odds. The head of the department that took care of Mr. Glick informed the audience of the miracle of Rabbi Glicks recovery. Mr. even showed one of the doctors in his staff who was an atheist the ex-rays of Mr. Glicks injuries and he said, “I will go up to the Temple Mount now this is impossible”. The night was full of celebrations and a short documentary titled “A hug from heaven” telling the story of the Glick families last year of fighting for Yehuda’s life and how the Almighty helped them along the way. Of the many who attended the evening a large group from HaYovel arrived with about 150 volunteers from around the world to support Yehuda Glick and his fight for a House of prayer for all nations as is prophesied by the prophets in the Bible.

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