Jews who want to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem are often depicted as dangerous extremists because they only represent one group in Israeli society.
Here’s, however, somebody who says that the Temple cannot be rebuilt until there will be unity among the Jewish people. This includes bringing together Jews of all walks of life.
A pre-requisite for this unity is the termination of baseless hatred.
Last week American-Israeli singer Yitzchok Meir Malek found an original and powerful way to express his feelings about the ongoing Muslim violence on the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem.
He climbed to the roof of a house in the predominantly Arab neighborhood Silwan opposite the Temple Mount, taking with him an amplifier and a big loudspeaker that he placed opposite the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
He then chanted in a loud voice the Shema Yisrael prayer, the Jewish declaration of faith which is the most important prayer in Judaism (Hear O Israel Hashem is our God Hashem is the One and Only).
He asked not to broadcast the clip during night hours when men are usually sleeping. “For it is up to man to rise strongly like a lion of Zion and praise Hashem at midnight and sunrise if he or she chooses,” Yitzchok Malek wrote.
His action was clearly intended to be a message to the Muslims in Jerusalem who use to announce their prayers with similar loudness when they broadcast the Adhan or Azan, the call for prayer from the minarets of Mosques. The Adhan was formerly chanted by the muezzin, the person who called for and chants the Muslim prayers in the Mosque. Malek’s clip was posted on Facebook on October 1st during the Succot festival when Muslims again tried to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount.
The current wave of Arab violence that has spread from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria (and even to northern Israel) has everything to do with the Muslim denial of any Jewish history involving Jerusalem–and especially the Temple Mount, where, six hundred years after the destruction of the second Jewish Temple, a first Muslim shrine was built.
This was the Qubbat al-Sakhrah, or Kipa HaSela in Hebrew, the Dome of the Rock. The Dome of the Rock is now Jerusalem’s most recognizable landmark and was built to signal to the Christians that Islam had now become the religion of the world. The shrine has the form of a famous Byzantine chapel that was built between Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the fifth century. The walls of the shrine are partly decorated with anti-Christian texts and were meant to humiliate the Christians who were effectively in charge of affairs in Jerusalem until the Muslim siege in 637 CE.
The al-Aqsa Mosque existed before the Dome of the Rock but was first a primitive structure. The current building was built right after the construction of the Dome of the Rock in 690 CE.
Malek’s message to Muslims is that there is only one God, and that Jerusalem is his and that He will rule the world and not Muslim fanatics.
He wrote on his Facebook page that his action was for “the sake of heaven and earth and not to overwhelm other people praising HaShem.” “Free will is what us makes HaShem-like,” he added.
The current Muslim denial of the existence of any Jewish history on the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem is rather odd.
Early Muslims used the name Bait al Maqdis for Jerusalem, and not al-Quds. Bait al-Maqdis is a translation of the Hebrew name for the Temple Mount: Bayit HaMiqdash.
The existence of the Temple in Jerusalem is even mentioned in the Quran in Surah 17:7:
(And said), “If you do good, you do good for yourselves; and if you do evil, [you do it] to yourselves.” Then when the final promise came, (We sent your enemies) to sadden your faces and to enter the temple in Jerusalem, as they entered it the first time, and to destroy what they had taken over with (total) destruction.
In an email interview with me Malek wrote that his action was also directed at the people of Israel.
Here is what he wrote:
“I was not only giving that message over to the Muslims but to the Israelis as well, especially those who have forgotten and are letting the status quo get comfortable, for it is actually us will make that change, and mainly through fixing baseless hatred, the reason the second temple was destroyed and has not yet been rebuilt, and by screaming out to Hashem as a talks about in the prophets.”
Malek is running a Jewish Unity project that aims to bring Jews from all walks of life together. He links the rebuilding of the Temple, which he calls a house of prayer for all Nations, to the so-called Tikkun Olam (Repair of the world) that has to start with unity in the Jewish people and the termination of baseless hatred, especially among Jews.
The video of his Shema Yisrael prayer received already hundreds of thousands of views and is now up to 9000 likes and thousands of comments mainly of Israelis expressing their agreement.
A slighty different version of this article was published at Western Journalism.com