Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Temple mount wishes and special pictures

Resilience: The Art of Bouncing Back

Build up your ability to be resilient, your ability to bounce back after a fall. As it states in Mishlei (24:25), "A righteous person will fall seven times and rise up." Everyone can fall; the main thing is to get up again.

When you think in terms of building your self-image, you will focus on the fact that you rose up after you fell. Of course, it would be best never to fall at all. But since falling is part of life, build your self-image by keeping your focus on what you are doing right. And when you fall, keep your focus on what you need to do to bounce back.

Of course this is easier said than done.

Love Yehuda Lave

Here is one of two on our One Israel Fund trip to the Jordan Valley with Eve Harrow

Jordan Valley One Passover 2015
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Demand for Access to Synagogue on the Temple Mount

Temple Mount activists demand police follow the law and grant access to synagogue on Mahkama Building, located on Mount
By Shlomo Pyotrkovsky, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 4/6/2015, 2:27 PM

Roof of the Mahkama Building
Roof of the Mahkama Building
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Joint HQ of Temple Mount Organizations chairperson Attorney Aviad Visoli has sent an urgent letter to the Jerusalem District Police Chief Moshe Edri, demanding that he open the synagogue on the walls of the Temple Mount to Jewish access.

The synagogue is on the grounds of the Mahkama Building, situated adjacent to the Kotel (Western Wall) but extending out over the grounds of the Temple Mount - the holiest site in Judaism.

"The synagogue at the Mahkama Building has a special uniqueness and importance to Jews, in that it is the only synagogue in the world located within the walls of the Temple Mount," wrote Visoli. "Therefore, this synagogue is the only one in the world where the commandment of prostrating oneself on the Temple Mount can be fulfilled."

Visoli demanded that Edri respond to the request by Tuesday, adding that if no response is given, the Joint HQ activists are prepared to launch legal processes against the Israeli Police to compel them to enforce the "Law for Preserving Holy Sites" which promises free access to holy sites.

The urgent letter comes as a follow-up, after Visoli's request to enter the synagogue was rejected the day before.

Like many other Jews, Visoli was denied access to the Temple Mount during Pesach (Passover) on Sunday. Short of access to the Mount, he asked permission to visit the synagogue, but was denied by area commander Avi Biton who explained the synagogue had been turned into a military base.

In response, Visoli wrote "there is great doubt as to whether a 'military territory' order is in effect on the Mahkama area as police commander Biton claims."

"But even if there is one in effect, the commands of the law for the preservation of holy sites takes precedence over that, in regards to everything related to free access for Jews to their holy place in military territory," said the attorney. "What's more, 'safe passage' to the synagogue can be defined without harming 'military territory' (residences of Border Patrol soldiers)."

Addressing Edri, Visoli wrote, "as is known to you, the state of Israel is a Jewish and democratic state that is subject to the rule of law, and is not a military dictatorship in which soldiers' residences cancel holy sites."

Visoli concluded by demanding "to allow free access to the synagogue on Mahkama, so that every Jew will have free access to this holy place and the possibility to pray there starting from this Pesach chol hamoed (intermediary days of Passover - ed.) onwards."

The Joint HQ stated that given the repeated failure of the police to allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount on the Jewish holidays, it must at the least allow Jewish access to the synagogue built on the Mount.

Chief Rabbi Lau: Next Year on the Temple Mount

At mass priestly blessing, chief rabbis add their blessings to Jewish people; 'Next year may we be blessed up at top of the Mount.'
By Meir Sela, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 4/6/2015, 1:43 PM

Rabbi David Lau, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Rabbi David Lau, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Meir Sela

Hundreds of thousands were at the Kotel (Western Wall) on Monday morning for the Birkat Hakohanim Priestly Blessing ceremony, as hundreds of Kohanim priestly descendants blessed the nation in time for Pesach (Passover).

Arutz Sheva got the chance to speak with Israel's chief rabbis about the blessings, and their own blessings for the Jewish people.

Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau said "it's a great merit for all of the people of Israel who stand here in a place that is so sanctified and so unique, standing and meriting the blessing of Heaven, everyone - with no difference in ethnic communities."

The mass of Jews gathering for a blessing were there "in a prayer that next year we will all merit to stand and be blessed from the mouth of the Creator of the Universe through His delegates the Kohanim, those serving G-d at the holy and pure place up above at the top of the (Temple) Mount," added Rabbi Lau.

The reference to ascending the Temple Mount, where the priestly service at the Temple occurred and is to occur at the time of the final redemption, comes at a time when the Jordanian Waqf still enjoys de facto control of the site and has forbidden Jewish prayer.

"I bless the people of Israel with the blessing of a kosher and joyous Pesach," Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef added. "Happy holiday, may they merit many good long years."

Chief Rabbi of the Kotel, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, also spoke with Arutz Sheva, saying that the priestly blessing is "a great and enormous blessing."

"The Holy One Blessed be He guarantees it," said the rabbi, quoting the scriptural reference behind the priestly blessing in which it is written "place my Name upon the children of Israel and I will bless them."

"There is no greater blessing than this," stated Rabbi Rabinowitz.

He concluded saying, "with G-d's help may this blessing be upon all those who were here, and all those who joined us and heard it, and all of the house of Israel. May we receive all of the blessings written in the Torah, amen."

The messages from the rabbis, in Hebrew, can be seen below.



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