The Talmud states: "When a person becomes angry, he acquires only his anger."
There are usually no benefits in becoming angry at others. Becoming angry merely causes harm to your health and makes you feel miserable. Your anger does not help you, and the person you are angry with usually pays less attention to what you are saying than if you'd have said it tactfully and patiently.
Last night I attended the wedding of Rabbi Mordecai Machlis and his now deceased wife Henny's daughter Avigayil marrying Eliyahu Katz. It was a privilege to attend and on the way home as a bonus at exactly 9:20 I had the privilege to see a partial Lunar eclipse with the naked eye. See details about the eclipse lower in this letter.
The important article below is about the fact that Rabbi Yehuda Glick has taken on his shoulders the potential sin of going to the temple mount without going to the mickva at all. Although it is preferred and he recommends it, he feels it is a bigger positive mitsvah to go to the temple mount so that we will have Jewish Sovereignty on it. As we know a positive mitzvah overrides a negative one. One can't build a Temple on the Mount if we can't even go there. The potential of the technical term Karat for going to the Mount while impure can be forgiven by G-d on Yom Kippur when he forgives sins between man and G-d. By going to the Temple Mount, the fate of it is truly is in our hands
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Risking Wide Condemnation from Rabbis, MK Glick (also a Rabbi) Supports Ascending to Temple Mount Even without Mikvah By David Israel - 11 Av 5777 – August 3, 2017
Temple Mount activist MK Rabbi Yehuda Glick (Likud) told Hakol Hayehudi on Wednesday that he believes Jews should be encouraged to ascend to the Temple Mount even if they did not dip in a mikvah first.
Glick prefaced that statement by saying, "As the rabbis wrote, ascending to the Temple Mount requires ritual purification, this is what Halakha (Jewish law) obligates us to do and we are committed to halakha and see a great obligation to encourage the public to ascend properly."
Naturally, Glick stresses that "it is preferable that whoever leads the ascent be rabbinic scholars who would guide the public, that is our goal," but adds that "when I look at the phenomenon and the process I say unequivocally – it's better to have as many Jews as possible [go up to the Temple Mount], rather than having only a few go up due to their fears."
"Our obligation, first and foremost is to ensure that the people of Israel go up to the Temple Mount, therefore, if you ask me, it is important they go up in holiness and purity, but it is preferable that people go up not in a state of purity rather than there be no Jewish presence on the mountain."
"It's better to have as many Jews as possible [go up to the Temple Mount], rather than having only a few go up due to their fears."
MK Glick spoke in response to a statement by several National Religious rabbis, led by Rabbi Dov Lior, Chief Rabbi of Hebron, and Rabbi Nahum Rabinowitz, Dean of the Ma'aleh Adumim yeshiva, which encouraged Jewish ascent to the Temple Mount, but attempted to regulate the ascent, asserting, among other points, that Jews must dip in a mikvah before entering the holy site, an act they claim is commanded directly by the Torah.
It should be noted that dipping once in the mikvah does not remove the tumah of a dead person, which is the source of the prohibition by the majority of today's rabbis against entering the Temple Mount. The removal of "tumat met" requires a week-long process that involves being sprinkled with the ashes of a red heifer, which is not available to us. So that it appears that the dipping in the mikvah prior to entering the holy compound is, essentially, an important expression of reverence, and—as stressed by Rabbis Lior and Rabinowitz et al—visiting Jews should still stick only to the periphery (machane levaya).
The requirement for dipping prior to ascending presented one unintended consequence: the rabbis traditionally forbid unmarried women over the age of 12 from dipping in the mikvah (at the end of their cycle), in order to discourage premarital relations. Lest the ascent to the Temple Mount become an unwanted opening to improper behavior, the signatory rabbis forbade these unmarried women over 12 from going to the Temple Mount altogether.
However, the Orthodox group Women for the Temple say they have received a ruling from a well known National Religious rabbi that permits unmarried women's ascent. According to Spokesperson Rivka Shimon, who spoke to the Jewish Press Online, "Our movement has established a halacha committee and we investigated the entire halachic issue." According to the ruling the group received, according to Shimon, unmarried women may dip in the mikvah if their purpose is to prepare for entering the Temple Mount and not other concerns. Shimon also suggested that women may dip in the sea wearing a loosely fitting bathrobe, if a mikvah is not available. The group provides information on mikvahs in Israel that permit entry to unmarried women.
MK Glick, for his part, welcomes the increase in the number of rabbis who support ascending to the Temple Mount, joining Rabbis Lior and Rabinowitz's proclamation supporting the ascent.
"We should welcome the fact that hundreds of rabbis – according to our estimate, close to 700 rabbis across the country – support the ascent to the Temple Mount, and this is definitely a real revolution, the result of decades of activity," Glick said.
According to Glick, "the fact that rabbis support ascending to the Temple Mount is a phenomenon that has grown following the mass ascension. After the Jews ascended, the rabbis had to deal with the halachic question. There is no doubt that the ascending of the Jews changed the viewpoint of the rabbis. Likewise regarding the ascending of women, which is a new phenomenon of the past five years, and some of the rabbis still do not see this favorably. But here, too, I have no doubt that we will see a revolution and everyone who meets the women of the Temple knows that these women are holy."
Asked whether by defying the decree of the major rabbis against unmarried women's ascent to the Temple Mount his group is not actually realizing the worst fears of the rabbis who object to Jews' going up there altogether, Glick said, "I think that everyone is supposed to report to God. The world of Torah, as I understand it, is not comprised only of rabbis who dictate what to do. The Torah was given at Mount Sinai to all the people of Israel, and that's my understanding of events."
Possibly going down a slippery slope, MK Glick noted, "It is not for naught that the Sages said that wherever there is a desecration of God, one does not honor the rabbi." The reference in several places in the Gemara (Sanhedrin 82a to name but one) suggests that in times of a dire emergency—as in the case of Pinchas who carried out a double execution without asking Moses' permission, in order to stop a plague—one may act on their own, without consulting a rabbi.
Glick views the decrees against Jewish presence on the Temple Mount as tantamount to the spiritual and physical corruption spread by the illicit acts of the Biblical Zimri (Numbers 25:7).
"What is happening today on the Temple Mount – proven further by what we've witnessed over the past two weeks – is a great desecration of God," Glick argued. "Those who control the Temple Mount are people who try to promote a world view that in the name of Allah you can commit murder and produce terror and hatred."
Indeed, MK Glick stressed, "The fact that Jews are not on the Temple Mount today is the greatest desecration of God. [After all] that is the place where God chose to dwell."
Glick to Trump: Temple Mount, not Western Wall our holiest site May 23, 2017, 5:03 pm
Following comments by Benjamin Netanyahu during US President Donald Trump's visit, praising freedom of religion for Muslims and Israel in Israel, Likud MK Yehuda Glick says "the time has come to give Jews freedom of religion at the world's holiest site — the Temple Mount."
Speaking at the World Mizrachi annual conference in Jerusalem, Glick says that while visiting the Western wall yesterday, Donald Trump mistakenly called the site "the holiest place in the world for the Jewish people."
"That is incorrect!" Glick says.
MK Yehuda Glick addressing the annual World Mizrachi conference in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017. (Courtesy)
"We have a tendency to forget that the Temple Mount is our central focus, not the Western Wall," he says, finishing his speech with a call for all Jews to ascend to the Temple Mount to mark Jerusalem Day tomorrow.
Just Don't Move Your Lips! Thursday, August 03, 2017 | Israel Today Staff
Last week, Israeli Jews marked Tisha B'Av, the fast commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Over 100,000 came to the Western Wall, and more than 1,000 Jews ascended the Temple Mount, the latter being a new record in these times.
But, in accordance with the Muslim-imposed status quo, those Jewish visitors were forbidden to pray at Judaism's holiest site.
The following is an account from Israel Today columnist Tsvi Sadan about his recent visit to the Temple Mount. It was first published in the June edition or our magazine:
I last visited the Temple Mount some 40 years ago, and even then it was as a tourist. So, I'm hardly qualified to address this topic, but I feel the need to, nevertheless.
My recent visit to the Temple Mount began with an extensive security check and we were accompanied the entire time by a police escort. These measures were not for our safety, but rather to ensure we didn't make even the slightest religious (Jewish) gesture.
Foreign tourists strolled about freely, while we Israelis were tightly surrounded by police officers, one for every Jew.
We were allowed to move only as a group, and had to follow a specified route. Deviating was forbidden, and we were being photographed the entire time. I wondered out loud if these policemen were there to protect us, or from us. Most were either Druze or Muslims, and had difficulty understanding my nuanced Hebrew.
The Temple Mount is open to Jews for only a short period of time each day, and we were careful not to enter areas forbidden by Jewish laws of purity. Muslim families, meanwhile, were picnicking wherever they pleased while their children played soccer. They could come and go unhindered 24 hours a day through eight different gates. Jews can enter the Mount through only one, which is closed most of the time.
As we arrived on the eastern side of the Mount, our Orthodox Jewish guide, Moshe, came to a halt opposite the place where the Temple's doors once stood. He prayed silently, in his heart, careful not to move his lips, lest the vigilant police officers forcibly remove him from the holy site and possibly place him under arrest.
As we moved on, a policeman asked one of two group members not wearing a kippa why he had joined a group of religious Jews. "You are secular!" he exclaimed. "Next time enter the line of tourists." He had no clue about the yearning of the Jewish soul.
Make no mistake. The Temple Mount is in our hands, but any Jew making a religious gesture will be punished to the full extent of
the law. The State of Israel exercises sovereignty over the Temple Mount, but it is a timid sovereignty driven by fear that any expression of Jewish control would set off this "powder keg."
And so Israel tiptoes around the Temple Mount, embittering the lives of Jewish activists, while being careful not to ruffle a single feather among Muslim provocateurs.
It is a convoluted sovereignty applied in self-deception that is now crumbling under its own lies. It is a sovereignty that knows nothing of the yearning of the Jewish soul.
This account was first published in the June 2017 issue of Israel Today Magazine.
Animation: How the Partial Lunar Eclipse Will Look
During this partial lunar eclipse, the Earth's shadow covers only parts of the Moon, as seen from Jerusalem. There are no other locations on Earth where the Moon appears completely covered during this event.
For those of my generation who do not, and cannot, comprehend why Facebook exists: I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.
Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passersby what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.
I also listen to their conversations, give them the "thumbs up" and tell them I like them.
And it works just like Facebook. I already have four people following me: two police officers, a private investigator, and a psychiatrist.
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