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  • Jewish prayer has returned to the Temple Mount

    Wasn't sure where to put this.

    I just thought it was interesting, but I know some will see this as part of fulfillment of prophecy, and the rebuilding of the Temple as part of their own version of eschatology.

    Again, having actually been there, I just thought it was interesting.

    Jewish prayer has returned to the Temple Mount

    Jewish worshipers are able to pray on the Temple Mount with what appears to be the tacit consent of police forces at the site, The Jerusalem Post observed during a visit there on Thursday.

    Despite the insistence by Israel Police that there has been no change in the decades-old policy, Jews now pray – in full view of the police – in an unobtrusive and inconspicuous manner.

    A senior Wakf Department official said he was unaware of any change in the status quo on the Temple Mount, but warned that any change would lead to renewed protests and spark a strong response from Arabs and Muslims.
    Led by Rabbi Eliyahu Weber and joyfully singing “Let us go up to the Temple,” a quorum of 10 Jewish men ascended the Temple Mount on Thursday morning at the beginning of non-Muslim visiting hours at 7:00 a.m. This reporter joined the group as it toured the compound.

    The group began the typical counter-clockwise tour of the site accompanied as usual by several police officers. It began at the Mughrabi Gate and worked its way around the eastern side of the esplanade, stopping at various points and eventually leaving out of the Chain Gate on its western side into the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.

    Upon reaching the eastern gate of the Dome of the Rock shrine, Weber and the group of Jewish men, and two women, stopped for between five and 10 minutes to recite the cantor’s repetition of the central Amidah prayer, including the components for congregational participation.

    A kohen, a member of the priestly line, gave the blessing to the worshipers that is part of the daily morning service.
    The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

  • #2
    Interesting, it's good that Jewish people can pray there again--though that's a far cry from rebuilding the temple. We may note that Ezekiel's temple seems to be in the middle of Israel, not necessarily on the temple mount, which might get around the rebuilding-the-temple blockade.

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    • #3
      Interesting development...

      China Calls UN Security Council Meeting Over Israel Minister's Al-Aqsa Visit


      China and the United Arab Emirates have called for a UN Security Council meeting at a moment tensions in Jerusalem are poised to explode, given growing Palestinian outrage in response to Israel's new far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir having entered the al-Aqsa Mosque compound this week in a hugely controversial move.

      Jewish firebrand leader Ben-Gvir was just sworn in to his post last week as part of PM Netanyahu's governing coalition, widely seen as the most far-right in Israel's history, and his first act as national security chief came Tuesday with the highly provocative visit to the Jerusalem mosque, revered by Muslims across the globe as the third holiest site in Islam, only after Mecca and Medina.

      A UN council to address the issue and ongoing tensions is expected to convene Thursday, UN sources told Reuters. Arab countries including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and UAE were quick to condemn the move, and also Turkey issued a denunciation.

      Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh had charged that Ben-Gvir's trip under tight Israeli police protection of a bid to turn the shrine "into a Jewish temple." Additionally, Palestinian Authority leaders issued a statement saying it was "an unprecedented provocation."

      Apart from the spectacle of a hardline settler expansionist politician entering a Muslim sacred site, the issue is so symbolic and sensitive given precisely that the Israeli far-right has long pushed for government annexation over the whole of Temple Mount, on top of which Aqsa Mosque sits.

      This is why AFP and other outlets quickly acknowledged Ben-Gvir's actions "could spark a war."
      Palestinian and international leaders are urging calm as a response or "next step" is being hotly debated, while Hamas has already said Israel has crossed a "red line" - and reportedly fired off at least one rocket since Tuesday.

      Israel's new National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, via Democracy NowAs for the US, its statement was much more muted, but suggests tensions between the Biden administration and Israel nonetheless. "We're deeply concerned by any unilateral actions that have the potential to exacerbate tensions precisely because we want to see the opposite happen," State Dept spokesman Ned Price said. "The United States stands firmly for the preservation of the historic status quo with respect to the holy sites in Jerusalem."

      Amid the uproar, newly sworn-in Prime Minister Netanyahu later issued a statement seeking to clarify that his government would not try to change the status quo governing religious sites in Jerusalem. This also given any Israeli move to take over the Aqsa compound would without doubt spark a third Palestinian Intifada.
      I can't figure out if Netanyahu's "far-right" stance is a negative or a positive for the chances of the temple being built. Personally, I've been expecting more of an interfaith peace treaty approach, perhaps sponsored by the UN and other world powers, that would get it built, but maybe it will be a more aggressive and forceful approach. US stance seems to be against the latter.

      Crazy times. I find it all fascinating (and thrilling) watching how it might go down.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by seanD View Post
        Interesting development...

        China Calls UN Security Council Meeting Over Israel Minister's Al-Aqsa Visit




        I can't figure out if Netanyahu's "far-right" stance is a negative or a positive for the chances of the temple being built. Personally, I've been expecting more of an interfaith peace treaty approach, perhaps sponsored by the UN and other world powers, that would get it built, but maybe it will be a more aggressive and forceful approach. US stance seems to be against the latter.

        Crazy times. I find it all fascinating (and thrilling) watching how it might go down.
        When a mere visit by a politician threatens to spark a war, we're not exactly close to seeing stones laid.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by One Bad Pig View Post
          When a mere visit by a politician threatens to spark a war, we're not exactly close to seeing stones laid.
          Last time that happened apparently was Ariel Sharon who did it two decades ago and it sparked a major conflict in the aftermath. This guy is saying this won't be the last time this happens. It seems they're intentionally trying to cause violent escalation because that's what they want as an excuse to take over the Temple Mount by force. There's also rumors I'm hearing about an attempt to sacrifice a red heifer on the TM this year. But we'll see how it goes. I'm thinking 2023 is going to be an interesting year in Israel. I know for a fact '23 is going to be one tumultuous year throughout the world in general for various other reasons.

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