by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
The heart of the Jewish people is Israel. The heart of Israel is Jerusalem. And the heart of Jerusalem is Har HaBayit - the Temple Mount. This is the spot where Avraham brought Yitzchok, where Yaakov had his dream. It's where the Holy Temples stood, where the Divine Presence dwelt.
- The Israeli government would like to ignore it, to keep Jews away and just let the Arabs quietly continue their use of the place. (It's understandable, governments just want quiet.)
- The ultra-orthodox establishment would like to ignore it and keep Jews away from there. There's many serious halachic (Jewish law) issues as well as hashkafa (Jewish tradition/theology) issues that come to the fore there. (It's understandable, what rabbi wants the challenge of facing the most serious issues of the religion?)
- The secular Israels would just wall the place off, they don't want religious stuff putting lives or starting battles. The secular Jews outside of Israel for the most part don't even know what I'm talking about.
But some how (meaning hashgacha pratit - Divine providence) Har HaBayit keeps coming to the fore...
For those who haven't been following the news, before Yom Kippur a normal quiet small (kosher) Jewish tour of the Temple Mount was going on. Suddenly the tour was confronted by hundreds of muslims who attacked them with rocks and bricks. The police stopped the budding riot (and stopped the muslims from moving on to the Kotel and throwing bricks from 5 stories above onto the heads of the Jews below).
Since then the muslim preachers have been trying to start a religious war, calling for the world of islam to come and defend the mosque there against the massive Jewish incursion (50 people touring). Every day new claims of religious outrage are made and calls for violent defense declared.
The Israeli police found much of the situation a set up (riot materials pre-piled for example), and limited access to older worshippers (less likely to riot).
On Friday, Hoshannah Rabbah, the muslims have called for MASSIVE RIOTS in Jerusalem. Friday being Hoshannah Rabbah, it's also a very big day for Jews to come to the Kotel.
Once again we're being reminded that even if we try to ignore it, Har HaBayit won't go away. Even if we try to abandon it, we won't be allowed to. We cannot keep Jerusalem without Har HaBayit, and we cannot keep Israel without Jerusalem.
And it's almost Hoshannah Rabbah, where it's coming to a head.
h/t Israel Matzav - Day of Rage
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא