by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths
The statistics are amazing; almost the majority of the world’s Jews live in Israel. Israel has again become the world’s center of Torah learning. More Jews are learning Torah than ever before. Israel has a strong army. The economy here is firm, and growing. On and on, we see wonderful signs that cause some of us think, Maybe we should stop mourning on the 9th of Av. Maybe we should actually go up and take over the Temple Mount. We see that the signs of the Redemption are all around us.”
Some well-known rabbis do go up onto the Temple Mount, and they are encouraging others to follow them. What should you and I do?
There are even some “Chassidim” who claim that their rebbe was the Messiah, and they not only do not fast on the 10th of Teves, (a fast day) but they openly celebrate a huge feast, and publicly make “Kiddush” (sanctification of the day) on a cup of wine!
Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? So why don’t we do it?
In the Passover Hagadah (order of the night), we fervently conclude saying, “Next year in Jerusalem!” But we are in Jerusalem now, aren’t we? At least half a million of us live in this Holy City, and thousands more come for Passover, yet, we also say, “Next year in Jerusalem!” Why?
We say it because we are not merely referring to the physical Jerusalem. Even more importantly, we are referring to the spiritual Jerusalem. Of course, the physical is essential. Without the physical there would be no spiritual here. But still, it is not merely the wonderful physical Jerusalem that we seek.
Yes, today there are a few well-meaning rabbis who do claim that we should go up onto the Temple Mount, and they openly publicize their rather frequent trips there. But, why is it that almost every single “Orthodox” leader, from all streams of “Orthodox” Judaism, says, “Do not go up there”?
A number of years ago, a very well known Chabad rabbi who is renowned for his knowledge of Kabbalah, went up onto the Temple Mount. He began regular visits to the Mount, in order to say a mystical order of prayers that would certainly bring the final Redemption. Reb Moshe Weber, obm (who started the tefillin stand at the Kotel right after the Six Day War and maintained it until his passing a few years ago), wrote to the Lubavitcher Rebbe asking if that rabbi was correct. The Rebbe answered, “Under no circumstances should any Jew go up onto the Temple Mount now. It is a serious error to go there.”[i]
Now, who am I to believe? The few rabbis who say, “We have to retake the Mount. We must show our presences there”? Or, should I listen to the Rebbe, and virtually every other leader, who say “Do not go up”?
These physical signs of Redemption are wonderful. May they multiply over and over again every single day. We should be encouraged by them, and we should increase our joyful service of Hashem, thanking Him for what He is doing. Seeing the good that He is doing should encourage us to work even harder. We should not let up, but instead we should hurry to gather in all Jews and righteous gentiles to the knowledge of the One G-d. Now is the time that we have free will, and now is the time that we can increase our spiritual portion.
But we should not say that this is IT, until the actual Revelation of G-d’s Presence fills the entire world. Then, the earthly deeds that we were merited to accomplish will bring down the Heavenly Temple onto its proper place, to the Temple Mount…. The righteous will come back to life, and the entire world will know peace. Stay tuned. You can almost taste it in the air.
[i] R’ Ido Weber is in possession of this letter.