Earlier this week, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau visited Rav Yehudah Glick, who is recovering from wounds sustained in the recent attempt on his life. Concerning the Temple Mount, Rabbi Lau was quoted as saying “I have not yet succeeded in finding the right place to say that at this moment I am able to go up.”
It just never seems to be the right time for the Temple Mount, does it? How do we know if the time is right? Can we even know at all?
I have my own thougts on the subject, but I can’t word it any better than God did, so I’ll just repost this status from 2500 years ago.
2. So said the Lord of Hosts, saying: This people has said, “The time has not come-the time for the house of the Lord to be built.”
3. And the word of the Lord came through Haggai the prophet, saying:
4. Is it time for you yourselves to sit in your ceiled houses, when this house is in ruins?
5. And now, so said the Lord of Hosts: Consider your ways.
6. You have sown much and you bring in little. You eat without being satiated. You drink without getting your fill. You dress, and it has no warmth. And he who profits, profits into a bundle with holes.
7. So said the Lord of Hosts: Consider your ways.
8. Ascend the mountain, bring wood, and build the house-and I will accept it, and I will be honored, said the Lord.
9. You looked for much, and behold, it became little. And you brought it home, and I will blow into it. Because of what? says the Lord of Hosts, Because of My house that is lying in ruins. Yet you run, each to his house.
10. Therefore because of you the heavens have kept back, so that there is no dew, and the earth has kept back its produce.
11. And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the grain, and upon the wine, and upon the oil, and upon everything that the ground will bring forth-and upon man, and upon beast, and upon all the labor of their hands.
Is now the time? If not now, when?