Saturday, October 03, 2015

New Category: Guilt by proximity

As in guilt by proximity walking:

The latest attack took place just after the end of the Jewish Sabbath close to Lion's Gate in the Old City. The victims are said to have been passing near the entrance of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, en-route to the Western Wall.


Friday, October 02, 2015

But 'Temple' Is Mentioned in the Quran


is taken from this Quranic verse, 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.

Do you think it would look good on a T-shirt to be worn by Jews visiting the Temple Mount?



Bayt al-Muqaddas, (and also referred to as Masjid al-Aqsa, (“The Farthest Mosque”)), it refers to a sanctuary in Jerusalem covering several acres, including the two buildings - the Dome of the Rock and Masjid `Umar - within its enclave.
Muqaddas = Mikdash


Thursday, October 01, 2015

They Don't Want to Divide

This social media account has announced an Islamist rally on the Temple Mount tomorrow against the idea that in order to reach a semblance of fairness, toleration and religious understanding it would be a good idea to divide the Mount at certain times so that Jews could properly respect their holy site, what is termed a temporal and spatial division at Al-Aqsa compound:

Notice the Dome of the Rock on the banner of the Islamic Jihad:

But since the arrangement works well at the Machpela Cave of the Patriarchs, it does have a possibility.  I even have suggested locations for a synagogue there.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Succah Plumbing



Installation of
a Sink for the Succah
on the balcony, roof or street.
Special price for the month of Ellul
1200 NIS...
work done by a Haredi.


Temple Mount Illustrative Comment




Sunday, September 27, 2015

Zweig, Maimonides and Cohen's Borborygmi

I presume that I am to feel honored that a Jew, one Roger Cohen, during the break from synagogue services in London on Yom Kippur this year, penned, without breaking his fast, an op-ed for the New York Times entitled "Jews as Far as Possible" the whole point of which was to focus on my residency in Shiloh and to defame me as a "Messianic Jewish settler".

His title originates in a phrase of Maimonides he quotes: 

“We have freed ourselves of our previous deeds, have cast them behind our backs, and removed them from us as far as possible.”

The phrase is from Maimonides' "Guide for the Perplexed", Book Three, Chapter 46 in discussing the sacrificial goat to be sent off to Azazel:

these ceremonies are of a symbolic character, and serve to impress men with a certain idea, and to induce them to repent; as if to say, we have freed ourselves of our previous deeds, have cast them behind our backs, and removed them from us as far as possible.

Cohen may have seen it in Rabbi Sacks' April article.  Cohen's conclusion is that

Jews, as I said, are a practical people. Their interest is in the feasible not in magic wands.

Possibly short of words, he again quotes, this time Stefan Zweig, who defined Jews as

“the ever-recurring — since Egypt — community of expulsion,” 

So short of words was Cohen we know because his op-ed of last October carries the same theme and the same title, The Community of Expulsion.  At that High Holiday season he was upset that his Rabbi had not mentioned the Gaza hostilities of last summer.  Zweig's quotation is found in his memoir sent to his publisher a few months before doing what, presumably, Cohen perhaps thinks as practical: he and his wife committed suicide.  His Die Welt von Gestern (The World of Yesterday, in which you can read this: "The real determination of the Jew is to rise to a higher cultural plane in the intel­lectual world."reflects at one point on the situation the Jews of Austria found themselves during the Hitler ascendancy and the persecution that followed and it reads

only now, for the first time in hundreds of years, the Jews were forced into a community of interest to which they had long ceased to be sensitive, the ever-recurring — since Egypt — community of expulsion. But why this fate for them and always for them alone? What was the reason, the sense, the aim of this senseless persecution? They were driven out of lands but without a land to go to.”

"Only now"?  Zweig (and Cohen) knows not of Jewish history and the constant incidences of expulsions and persecutions and slaughters?  And were Jews insensitive before 1933 to others who were in unfortunate situations?

Cohen continues displaying either ignorance or willful distortion and asserts that

Jews came up with the idea of a faceless God with whom they had a covenant, and that covenant — binding over thousands of years of uprooted wandering — was in essence a covenant of ethics...(while) For a long time it was a covenant of the powerless. 
It was not solely a covenant of ethics but of commandments and law and ritual and of having the Jewish people reside in it national homeland, the Land of Israel.  Cohen should read Harel Fisch's 1978 "Zionist Revolution: A New Perspective" and in particular its second chapter, The Covenant, where he writes

Israel becomes the covenant people par excellence, summoned to bear witness to the purposes of creation, to endure the messianic tensions of history, to undertake the task of building a sanctuary out of the materials of this world...the covenant is not one possible interpretation  of reality: it is reality itself as Israel experiences it.  There are millions of Jews who try to escape is here that the bond between the Jewish people and the land of Israel is located...the Jew is driven by a force s old as history itself to reunite himself with his land...the Covenant, in fact, rests on a triad of relationships: God, land and people.

If he does read it, he will realize that he is the weak link in Jewish history, the one who seeks to escape.  Not wishing to be seen as fleeing his Judaism, he redefines it to suit his own needs.  And his need is to portray me and my family, friends and fellow residents of Judea and Samaria as "the Messianic Jewish settler".  We are the Jews who acquiesce "to the injustice of dominion over another displaced people, the Palestinians" who think "justice and peace are incompatible with the status quo in the Holy Land."

He knows that those ideas are odd (the "Holy Land"?) and adds in complete inversion

Perhaps such ideas are Jew-ish, the delusions of which “real Jews” in their absolutist certainties have rid themselves. But I will  take the “as far as possible” of the Jewish philosopher over the all-or-nothing conviction of the Messianic Jewish settler.

I write "in inversion" as in his pursuit of his self-defined liberalism, progressivism and humanism, it is he and other Jews-against-themselves, "intellectuals sympathizing with their country’s enemies and perversely apologizing for their own existence", a Finkler (When Finkler says he doesn’t have anti-Semitic friends, Libor answers: “Yes, you do. The Jewish ones.”), who seek to rid themselves of authentic Judaism.  In his last year's piece, he would have it that the

 Palestinians have joined the ever-recurring “community of expulsion.”

The historical reality is that in the 20th century, during 1929-1948, thousands of Jews whose families had, in many cases, been living for centuries in the Land of Israel under several foreign occupation regimes, were expelled from their homes - in Hebron, Gaza, Gush Etzion, Jerusalem's Old City - by Arabs after being terrorized, killed, raped and pillaged.  Israel returned to Judea, Samaria and Gaza as a result of yet another attempt at expulsion and eradication.

None of this, it would seem, makes or leaves an impression on Mr. Cohen.  He is an ASHamed Jew. He has a target - the "settler", and he will not be redirected no matter how wrong he is about Zionist values, about Arab behavior or interpretations of law.  He is determined to assist the establishment of a political entity that, besides having no true national identity, has but one goal: the denial of a national identity for the Jews. For him, the most practical act, is to remove, as far as possible, genuine Jewish beliefs and philosophical outlooks from any dialogue, and also to redefine the course of recent history that will thus permit his narrative to be accepted.

I, and some 600,000 more Jews who reside in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem's post-67 neighborhoods, east, north and south of the former Green Line armistice delineation, are 'Messianic' and are not 'practical'.

I cannot attribute his illogical and shallow nonsensical thoughts, his chyme, to his empty stomach or its hyperresonant borborygmus as, since I have pointed out that he has repeated previously this thinking (and not only at the High Holiday season).  He points the finger at us in typical ostJuden fashion, highlighting:

the moral dilemmas of the modern Israeli condition with its power and precariousness, its prosperity and violence, its uncertainty and contaminating dominion. The terrible thing about the Holy Land today is the denial of this humanity to the stranger. 

What is truly terrible is not Cohen's outlook.  We Jews have always had to tolerate those who seek to usurp the right to define Judaism as they would have it be, not due to any internal deliberations among Jews and their traditions and legacy and legal and moral literary frameworks but in reaction to real or mostly perceived external views from either non-Jews or Jews who seek an 'out' in adopting what they hope will be a more comfortable political, social and cultural environment for themselves. 

What really bothers me is the utter willingness of  Cohen & Co. to fly in the face of Zionism's experience and Arab actions and create their own false messianic construct and then use that non-practical abstract to flay their fellow Jews.  And on Yom Kippur, in Cohen's recent case of rumbling ruminations.


Friday, September 25, 2015

US Jerusalem Consulate Messages of Holiday Greetings

The Jerusalem US Consulate extends holiday greetings to the Jews on Facbook:

On the occasion of the end of the Days of Awe, we wish the Jewish communities in the United States, in Jerusalem, and across the globe a happy and healthy start to the new year of 5776. Shana tova.

That's it.

And to the Muslims on the occasion of their holiday:

Consul General Blome: “On behalf of all U.S. Consulate General staff, I extend the warmest wishes to you and your families on the occasion of Eid Al Adha. We hope this Eid will bring prosperity, success, and peace to you and your families."

And an Arabic translation.

 القنصل العام دونالد بلوم: "بالنيابة عن جميع موظفي القنصلية الامريكية العامة ارسل لكم ولعائلاتكم احر التهاني بمناسبة عيد الاضحى. نتمنى ان يجلب هذا العيد الرخاء والنجاح والسلام لكم ولعائلاتكم. شاهدوا هذا الفيديو للقنصل العام دونالد بلوم وهو يهنىء الفلسطينيين بمناسبة عيد الاضحى

And added a video of over a minute in which the Consul-General speaks, in Arabic, for over a minute with much more content.

Next year ... in Hebrew?  In Jerusalem?

P.S.  If you notice the words "end of the Days of Awe", yes, I went back and checked.  There was no greeting at the beginning on Facebook.  Here's the Press Release from Sept. 10.