The Temple Mount is the Heart of Jewish Israel

    January 2011            
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He who controls the Mount...

By Yosef Rabin

The battle for the future of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel has begun! While many people are beginning to cry out against the division of Jerusalem and against a freeze on Jewish construction, it appears as if the heart and center has been forgotten. Like a human body if you kill the heart, the rest of the body will quickly wither away, and so it is with the Temple Mount and the Land of Israel.

The Holy Temple Mount is the heart of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel, and as the old saying goes, “He who controls the Mount shall control Jerusalem and from there the land”. If we have no right to the Mount then we certainly have no right to communities like Ramat Shlomo. If we have no right to the Mount than we do not even have a right to the Western Wall, for the sanctity of the wall derives from the Mount. In fact the Arabs have already begun to call the Western Wall the “Al Buraq Wall” or the wall to which, Mohamed allegedly tied his horse.

From the very place that the Temple priests brought the holy sacrifices, Arabs now gather for picnics. From the very place that the Levites sang the sweet praises of the Lord, the Muslim leaders call for the death of our people and the destruction of our State. The place of Oleh Regel (pilgrimage) has become the place for Kadur Regel (soccer) by Arab children. The Arabs for years now have been continuing to erase any trace of the first and second Temples. They have turned the Temple Mount into one gigantic outdoor Mosque and from there they wage their unrelenting battle against us. In addition, the State of Israel denies Jews basic rights on the mount and Jews are even arrested for crimes like moving their lips, closing their eyes, or bowing down.

The Book of Haggai states, “Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying: Is this the time for you to dwell in paneled houses, while this house sits in ruins?” As Israel capitulates to America and is about to enforce a second building freeze in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem the words from Haggai ring loudly in our ears! Since the liberation of the Temple Mount in 1967 there has been an ironclad freeze on anything Jewish on the Mount. No Jewish prayer or study and certainly no building. By abandoning the Temple Mount to the enemy, we essentially handed them the keys to kingdom. If a Jew may not pray or have free access to the very place where his Temple stood, then what possible right could he have to even Tel Aviv, which is but one hundred years old! The world must also understand that if the radical Muslims can take over the ancient and sacred Mount in Jerusalem, they will have no problem usurping any other capital they like, including Washington DC. The Arabs properly understand the symbolism that goes along with controlling the Temple Mount.

Everyday more and more decrees are enacted by the Israeli police making it more and more difficult for Jews to visit the Temple Mount. Temple Mount activists are regularly harassed by police and special security agents, emails, phones and websites are carefully and constantly watched; this very letter will most likely be read and analyzed. Freedom of speech for Temple Mount activists simply does not exist and many lay leaders and rabbis, are simply afraid to get involved for fear of persecution. I have heard this from top rabbis and leaders in Israel. If Jews and lovers of Israel around the world do not begin to protest this, it will not end and will even get worse. We urgently need Jews and lovers of Israel to help us fight this battle; we must save the Temple Mount, Jerusalem and Israel along with her! The Prophet Isaiah states “For the Sake of Zion is will not be still, for the Sake of Jerusalem I will not be quiet”; words are not enough we need concrete action, now more than ever! We must create serious facts on the ground, and if we cannot do that, we will lose it!

Please urge your congregations, family and friends to protest this injustice loudly! The preservation of the Temple Mount and Jerusalem is the responsibility of every Jew across the world; no one can abstain from this. If we lose the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, the future generation will not forgive us and neither will generations of the long and bitter 2,000 year exile who never relinquished the hope that they might one day return. The Psalms states “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, may all those that love thee prosper”; this is both a command and a guarantee. The command is to pray for Jerusalem and the guarantee is that those who do so will prosper.

Come and prosper with us!


from the January 2011 Edition of the Jewish Magazine

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