Holiday Greetings

First of all, I would like to begin my wishing my friends a Ramadan Kareem/Happy Ramadan. Now, for those of you who just gasped in shock, passed out and or questioned my sanity, please keep reading.

The Times of Israel posted a short article at the beginning of the new moon, which is the beginning of the Muslim month of Ramadan (it is the month of Sivan for Jews), wishing the Muslims of Israel a Ramadan Kareem. That was all fine and well, and yes, very nice until they attached a picture of the Temple Mount to their holiday greetings. This bothered me immensely, but not because they were sending festive well wishes to our neighbors, but because they equated our Temple Mount with Islam. Now, we are all well aware of the history of the Temple Mount, so I shouldn’t have to go into a lengthy history lesson here, but if anyone wants a quick refresher, here it is:

The Temple Mount was the home to our first and second Temples, and after the destruction of our second temple in 70 CE, we were sent into exile for the next almost 2000 years.  During this exile the religion of Islam was born in Mecca in the year 610 by their prophet Mohammed.  In the year 691 the construction of the Dome of the Rock was completed.  This site was used because the Muslims recognized the Foundation Stone (which was the site of the Holy of Holies in the Temples) to be holy. It was on this Foundation Stone that our sages teach the world was created, and that Abraham was tested regarding the sacrifice of his son, Isaac. Jews pray toward the Foundation Stone during prayers. This site was also holy to the Muslims because they believe that this is to where Mohammed traveled during his night vision. But, even with all of this, the fact remains that the Temple Mount is a Jewish holy site where our Temples stood.

In all fairness to Islam, the correct picture to be displayed with the holiday greeting should have been the city of Mecca and the Kaaba Stone to where Muslims pilgrims make hajj at least once in their lifetime.  That’s where their religion began.  Why attach a picture of a Jewish site?

kaaba at night

Could it be that it has been ingrained in our subconscious that the Temple Mount isn’t really ours anymore?  Could it be that we have unconsciously given up and given away the Temple Mount to the Muslims?  What message is this sending our Arab cousins?  That, Gd forbid, we have forgotten our own history and our near future about which our holy prophets spoke?  What is doing to the spiritual morale of our nation?  Was our history just a story for the history books?   What about the future Final Redemption?  Is this just a pipe dream for a nation of dreamers clinging to some dead hope of Redemption?  Have we given up?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but when you wish a Ramadan Kareem attached to a picture of our Temple Mount, that’s exactly the message you are sending to the Jewish nation, the Arab nation, and the world.  The fact that not many people flinched at this, speaks volumes.  It just seemed normal.  And, THAT is exactly the point.  We still have not internalized who we are as a nation, and what our Gd given mission is for us and all of humanity.  We, as the Jewish nation, hold the key to the Final Redemption for all of mankind.  We hold the key to end the suffering, pain, and violence in a world gone mad.  Break the chains of the exile mentality that has bound us spiritually hostage for 2000 years.  We are no longer slaves.  We have returned to our homeland to finish our mission.  How can we free the world of idolatry and evil when we still wear the shackles on our legs?  The world is desperately searching for spiritual leadership, but it will not follow confused and lost slaves still bound by chains.   Shake off the chains of bondage and rise to kingship!

How can we expect the Arabs to accept the truth of our history especially in regards to the Temple Mount, when we don’t accept or acknowledge our own history?  We can’t convince others to believe something that we don’t believe in our hearts.  If we want to spread the truth and be a “light unto the nations,” then we must believe in it first.

To whom does the Temple Mount belong? Why? Why is the Temple Mount so important, and what does it mean for the future of humanity?  Look deep within and answer these questions.

About the Author
Chava lives in Ma'ale Adumim with her children. They made Aliyah four years ago. Chava is an English teacher and a children's program director at a local school.
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