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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Egyptians seethe over Tisha b'Av video?

Egyptians are seething over a video released for Sunday's Tisha b'Av fast by the Temple Institute, a group here in Jerusalem that promotes the rebuilding of the Holy Temple by teaching about it.
The video, which the Temple Institute says is designed to “change the way people think about the Temple and the commandment to rebuild it,” has garnered almost 200,000 hits in five days. It depicts two children building a sand-castle model of the Temple on a beach, and fleetingly features a copy of The Jerusalem Post open to an article about new Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.

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According to the Temple Institute, Egyptian activists flooded the YouTube page of the video with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slogans – which were subsequently removed – protesting what they interpreted as a subversive suggestion that Mursi would not hinder the rebuilding of the Temple on the Temple Mount, where the Dome of the Rock shrine and Al-Aksa Mosque stand.

Several Egyptian and Palestinian news websites also picked up on the video.
Let's go to the videotape. Music warning for those who don't listen to music during the nine days (again, music not the key here) and yes, I showed this video earlier in the week.

More below the fold.

According to its website, the Temple Institute’s “long-term goal is to do all in our limited power to bring about the building of the Holy Temple in our time,” while in the short term seeking to “rekindle the flame of the Holy Temple in the hearts of mankind through education.”

The organization has reproduced the Temple vessels in strict accordance with Jewish law, including a golden Menora costing $2 million, and also strongly advocates Jewish prayer rights on the Temple Mount.

In response to the backlash over the video, it said that the paper having fallen open to a page featuring Mursi was entirely coincidental, and that the film was meant as “an educational tool for Jews during the nine days [of mourning from the first to the ninth of Av], to enrich their understanding of the Holy Temple as a house of peace and prayer which is truly missed.”

According to the institute, people have become “entrenched in mourning for the sake of mourning, instead of contemplating the true meaning of the Tisha Be’av: the loss of the Beit Hamikdash [Temple], a universal house of prayer and peace for all nations.” The video seeks to redress this, it said.
The Egyptians can seethe all they want, but when God decides it's time, it's time, and not a moment will be wasted.

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2 Comments:

At 10:55 PM, Blogger Will said...

Good thing there was no dead fish in the newspaper. :)

 
At 5:19 AM, Blogger Captain.H said...

"but when God decides it's time" no power on God's earth will be able to stand in the way of His people rebuilding the Temple on God's holy Temple Mount.

And, as in the "The best seller that settles title to Israel" thread, that's another article of faith that believing Jews and believing Christians share.

 

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