Tag: Temple

Finding the God spot

Rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem – and within ourselves. by  Rabbi Eliyahu Yaakov The Temple is like a spiritual hotspot. Just as there are hotspots that receive satellite beams and activate your laptop’s internet, so too, there are God spots…

Gimpel calm under fire for Dome of the Rock

Bennett backs Gimpel after newscast featured video of him joking about blowing up the Dome of the Rock.

By Gil Ronen

The head of the Bayit Yehudi, Naftali Bennett, defended the #14 man on the party’s Knesset list, Jeremy Gimpel, who came under attack as an extremist in TV’s leftist Channel 2 at week’s end.

“I am proud of Jeremy Gimpel and of my entire list,” Bennett told Channel 2’s Dana Weiss in a Saturday night interview.

The channel’s Friday night newscast, a special weekly edition which sums up the week’s events, featured an attack on Gimpel by ultra-leftist pundit Amnon Abramovich. Abramovich showed viewers a Youtube video of Gimpel speaking before a Christian group and raising the theoretical possibility that the Dome of the Rock would one day be blown up.

Abramovich explained that he is on a personal crusade intended to expose Bennett’s Knesset list as being extremist.

“The lecture was given to a Christian group as I was teaching about the Book of Ezra, a story that happened over 2,000 years ago,” Gimpel told Arutz Sheva Saturday night. “In order to make the story more lively I made a few jokes, and you clearly hear the audience laughing. This is a cheap political attack and I would urge anyone to watch the video in its entirety and decide for yourselves.”

Moshe Feiglin leads hardliners’ rise on Likud’s Knesset slate, at expense of moderates

‘This is just the beginning,’ says Feiglin. ‘Eventually, we will build the temple and fulfill our purpose in this land’; veteran Begin could lose his seat, Meridor almost certainly will

By Raphael Ahren Members of the governing Likud party on Monday selected a strongly right-wing slate of candidates for the January 22 Knesset elections, elevating hardliners and relegating moderates.

The figurehead of the party’s far-right stream, Moshe Feiglin, won 15th slot, and thus is all-but guaranteed a Knesset seat after years of failure. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have various procedural and legal means to tinker with the final arrangement of the Knesset slate, but Feiglin’s high placement means it may not be possible for Netanyahu to sideline the hardliner as he has done in the past.

“If someone wanted to create the most right-wing Likud list possible, this would be it,” commented Channel 2 political analyst Rina Matsliah, when the results were announced late on Monday. “This looks like a list for the [far-right] National Union,” another commentator agreed.

Jewish ‘Valentine’s Day’ Finds ancient roots in Biblical Shiloh

Photo credit: Miriam Bunimovich/ Tazpit News Agency.

Aryeh Savir By Anav Silverman

Tazpit News Agency

Over 3,000 years ago, an ancient Jewish holiday was celebrated by the maidens of Israel. Dressed in white, the daughters of Israel would dance in the vineyards where men would choose them as their wives on the Fifteenth of Av, known as Tu B’Av. Soon-to-be brides would dance in the community of Shiloh in Samaria, the temporary capital of Israel before the first Temple was built in Jerusalem. The holiday celebrates many happy events that happened during this time in the course of Jewish history, some which were associated with the Temple in Jerusalem. “Tu B’Av , however, has a much deeper significance than just an Israeli Valentine’s Day,” according to Tamar Asraf, the spokeswoman of the Binyamin Council. “In the very beginning, this ancient holiday was more of a local custom than a national one,” Asraf told Tazpit News Agency. “The holiday gained national significance when members of the Benjamin tribe who were forbidden to marry outside the tribe following the Pilegesh B’Givah incident and the Civil War that ensued, were once again allowed to marry into the the nation on the fifteenth of Av during the period of Judges.” “This is a holiday that signifies not only love, but marriage and the continuation of the Jewish home during times of crisis and challenge in the history of our people,” said Asraf. The Mishnah explains that “there were no holidays so joyous for the Jewish People as the Fifteenth of Av and Yom HaKippurim, for on those days, daughters of Jerusalem would go out dressed in borrowed white clothing…so as not to embarrass those who didn’t have.” Tu B’Av was instituted in the Second Temple period to mark the beginning of the grape harvest which ended on Yom Kippur. Following the establishment of the modern state of Israel, Tu B’Av was revived as a national holiday celebrated across the country. In the modern day community of Shiloh, located in the Binyamin region, about 30 minutes north of Jerusalem, Tu B’Av’s historical and traditional elements play a central role in celebrations. For the past four years, the Regional Council and Binyamin Tourism have hosted an annual Tu B’Av “Dancing in the Vineyards Festival” which features Jewish dance and music for women. Live concerts, dance workshops and of course the traditional dancing in the vineyards of Shiloh are some of the main features of the evening set near the remnants of the biblical Shiloh city.

Quake reveals day of Jesus’ crucifixion, researchers believe

They say analysis of Dead Sea seismic activity points to Friday, April 3, in year 33

An 1849 Currier & Ives lithograph shows the tumult surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion. Geologists say the historical event may have taken place April 3 in the year 33, based on an analysis of seismic records.

By Jennifer Viegas

Geologists say Jesus, as described in the New Testament, was most likely crucified on Friday, April 3, in the year 33.

The latest investigation, reported in International Geology Review, focused on earthquake activity at the Dead Sea, located 13 miles from Jerusalem. The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 27, mentions that an earthquake coincided with the crucifixion:

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open.”

To be Holy in our land

by Jonathan Rosenblum After returning to Israel, why continue to mourn the destruction of the Temple?

After the creation of the State of Israel, the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, and the influx of Jewish immigrants from the four corners of the earth, is it possible that Jews continue to mourn the destruction of the Temple as if nothing had happened in the interim?

At the simplest level, the question would seem to be based on a false premise: that we are a sovereign people in our Land. The clearest evidence to the contrary comes from the site of the Temple itself. Though the Temple Mount has ostensibly been under Israeli control since 1967, successive Israeli governments have stood by helplessly while the Muslim Wakf has worked unimpeded to destroy archaeological evidence of the Jewish presence on the Temple Mount.

The Wakf converted Solomon’s stables and the Eastern Hulda Gate passageway into the largest mosque in Israel, capable of accommodating 10,000 worshippers. The Western Hulda Gate passageway was also converted into a mosque.

Thousands of tons of dirt were unceremoniously dumped. After receiving permission to build an emergency exit to the larger mosque. the Wakf took advantage to excavate an enormous hole from which thousands of tons of dirt were dumped unceremoniously into the Kidron Valley. A three-foot long stone fragment found among the rubble was, according to one archaeologist, “the most important artifact ever recovered from the Temple Mount…”