As the saying goes, schwer zu sein a yid (שווער צו זייַן אַ דזשיד – it is hard to be a Jew).
Besides the matzot and the marror for the Passover holiday, there is also the requirement to “see and be seen” within the area of the Temple confines and the Paschal Sacrifice.
This year, there was added initiative: the Feminist Priestly Blessers.
Haaretz’s caricature summed up the clashes illustrating the figure of Yehuda Glick leading a goat while the non-observant Jew is out walking his dog. Of course, many of these not-so-observant Jews and others were at the Samaritan sacrificial ceremony which is an “accepted” esoteric act, unlike the Temple Mount “fanatics”.
Do Jews need to feel uneasy about these issues?
On this issue of spirituality, I received an invitation to participate in this event (really):
Educating Ourselves at the Edge of Evolution
…a SACRED RETREAT…A DEEP EXPLORATION INTO THE SPIRITUAL AND SOCIAL MANIFESTATION OF THE IMPULSE OF EVOLUTION WITHIN YOU AND THE WORLD…we will explore together the new human and the new world being born through us…to offer a seminal teaching and transmission to…co-create with you a resonant field where each of us can awaken to new possibilities of divine incarnation.
In this Sacred Retreat we will bring together…two memetic codes toward Evolutionary Spirituality, the emergence of the new human, and the future of humanity. These codes include…Conscious Evolution, Planetary Awakening…Unique Self and Unique Self Symphony…in-depth dialogue, shared prayer, and revelation of each of our Essential, Unique Selves as we join vocations and purpose at the Heart of the Hub of the Wheel of Co-Creation.
You will be forming a community of pioneering souls…
Reflecting on all that, and I refuse to pass judgment, I think that dedication to the concept of the Temple Mount, its worship service and its portent is no less acceptable as an element of religion that Jews need feel is either antiquated or irrelevant.
Moreover, given the Muslim behavior on the Temple Mount, no inferiority complex need sit heavy on our psyches.
Acting with respect to our religious and cultural heritage as well as continuing our historical narrative carries no shame and should not. Seeking ways to coexist on the basis of such a legacy is one message of Pesach.
It need not be difficult to be a Jew.