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Monday, March 29, 2010

Scandal: Egged buses carry ad praying for rebuilt Temple

What a scandal! How politically incorrect! What will Obama say?

A private group has placed ads on 200 Egged buses running in Jerusalem that pray for the Holy Temple to be rebuilt. The ads - needless to say - show the Temple taking up the entire Temple Mount.

The posters, which contain the phrase, “May the Bais Hamikdosh [Holy Temple. CiJ] be rebuilt speedily and within our days,” were sponsored by the Our Land of Israel group, which is led by Rabbi Shalom Dov Volpo and activist Baruch Marzel, leave out the site’s current structures – namely the the Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

The campaign’s organizers chose to plaster the posters on buses whose routes take them through predominately Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem.

With regards to the campaign, Volpo said Israel is waiting breathlessly for the coming of the messiah and the rebuilding of the temple.

“The Arabs and President Obama know that the Temple will be built on the Temple Mount,” he said. “Instead of the temporary buildings that are there today.”

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, Marzel said it was no mistake that the Islamic shrines were left out of the picture.

“We’re representing the truth, in front of everyone, and saying out loud what every Jew believes,” Marzel said. “That the Third Temple needs to be built immediately on the Temple Mount and that the mosque should not be there.”

“When we reach the end of the Pessah Seder tomorrow night, he continued, “we’ll say, ‘Next year in a rebuilt Jerusalem.’ What does ‘rebuilt’ mean? It means with the Third temple intact.”

Marzel brushed off the furor the ads might elicit from the capital’s Muslims, saying, “It upsets them that we’re alive, and that we’re living here.

“If such a basic point is going to piss them off, then we mine as well say what we truly believe and what we pray for three times a day. That is to rebuild the holy temple on top of the Temple Mount, and tomorrow – not to wait any longer.”
And to think that it's too close to the Holiday to call the Supreme Court into session.... Heh.

By the way, for the record, the Holy Temple is supposed to come down from the sky fully built when the Messiah comes. Somehow, I don't think there's anything the 'Palestinians' will be able to do to stop it anyway.

And yes, when you pray at the end of the Seder (and at the end of Yom Kippur) "next year in Jerusalem" (or in a rebuilt Jerusalem), it means Jerusalem with a rebuilt Temple and not Jerusalem with what's currently on the Temple Mount.


At 4:06 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - exactly. That is the meaning of a rebuilt Jerusalem and as long as Jerusalem is without the Temple, it remains forlorn and desolate, a shell of its true glory. May it be speedily rebuilt in our own lifetime!


At 4:26 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

No Carl - that's incorrect. Jews have to rebuild the Temple themselves just like they rebuilt Israel. Man only becomes sacred by working in partnership with G-d to establish His presence on earth. The first part was done through the restoration of Israel. The other half will be completed when the Jews rebuild the Temple. All the prophecies and prayers say nothing about G-d restoring it. And they all do say is in our days. Its when the Jew acts, that faith in G-d is made manifest. Simply praying to Him is not enough to fill the world with His light; hence the importance of good deeds.

And rebuilding the Temple is the ultimate good deed. Only then will Jerusalem truly be a light unto the nations.

Happy Pessah and Chag Sameach!

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Kae Gregory said...

An ad for Jewish toothpaste would have been no less controversial. They will take any excuse to be offended.


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