December 19, 2014 Doron

Israel Should Allow Jews to Celebrate Hanukkah Miracle on Temple Mount

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.

David Ha’ivri, his wife Mollie, and their eight children live in Kfar Tapuach, Shomron, Israel. He is an inspirational speaker and a social media master. He provides public relations and strategic planning for philanthropists, public figures, and investors. Follow him on Twitter: @haivri

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