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  • Should Jews Be Allowed To Pray In The Middle Of Jerusalem?
    It’s a bizarre question that should never have to be asked… Unfortunately, however, the question is ‎quite relevant in Israel today due to Muslim extremists who riot and believe that Jewish prayer should ‎be banned in center of Jerusalem. Had someone even suggested that ‎another religion or group should be banned in any other city of the world, the response would be certain and ‎overwhelming condemnation. What is more indicative of Israeli sovereignty in its eternal unified capital other than freedom of prayer and religion in the Jewish nation’s most holy site on earth? Alas, the biases against the sovereign nation of Israel is so ingrained and widespread ‎that many don’t even hesitate to attack Jews and Israel for providing such basic rights of freedom of religion and prayer. Sadly, the hate toward the Jewish faith runs so deep that even left-wing Israeli newspapers join in. See this article for more.‎..

    Photo of Peaceful Jewish Prayer on Jerusalem’s Har HaBayit (Temple Mount). Photo Credit: OneJ.org Staff

    Jewish Prayer Should Be Permitted on the Temple Mount

    Article Courtesy: The Media Line

    In the wake of a Magistrates’ Court ruling in Jerusalem this past week, the news from Islamic sources appears ominous and quite threatening.
    Turkey has condemned it, “strongly.” The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that it will “further encourage fanatic circles” and “cause new tensions.” The Egyptian Foreign Ministry denounced it and expressed “its extreme concern for the repercussions of such a court ruling and its impact on the security and stability in the region.” The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization warned of the consequences of the decision and the Palestine National Council (PNC) considered the ruling “a direct and explicit aggression against the sole right of Muslims.”

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  • Israeli Court: Allow Jewish Prayer on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount
    This is a significant pronouncement by an Israeli court recognizing and protecting the basic and inherent right of a Jew to pray on the Temple Mount in the heart of Jerusalem! The Temple Mount is the site of the First and Second Holy Temples that were built by the ancient Israelites thousands of years ago. Precisely due to this fact, Jerusalem was crowned as Israel’s eternal unified capital and is at the very center of Jewish prayer for thousands of years!

    Photo of Jewish Prayer on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Photo Credit: OneJ.org Staff

    Court approves of silent Jewish prayer on Temple Mount

    Article Courtesy: JWire

    Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Justice Bilha Yahalom accepted on Wednesday an appeal by Rabbi Aryeh Lippo against the police’s ban on his visits to the Temple Mount and ordered it to shorten the ban and allow him to return to his prayers there. He was initially banned by the police for his practice of praying on the Temple Mount.
    “His daily arrival at the Temple Mount indicates that this is a matter of principle and substance for him,” she noted.

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  • Linking Jerusalem, a Coin and the Succot Lulav
    What do these things have to do with each other and how are they connected to ancient Israel? The holy capital city of Jerusalem is the center of the Jewish identity. Ancient coins found in Jerusalem share the story of Jerusalem’s centrality. These coins often bear the images of ancient lulav and etrog sets — the four species that are taken during the seven-day holiday of Succot. It is a holiday that has been celebrated throughout the milenia by the Jews and continues through today. Let’s learn more…

    Illustrative photo from the public domain via Gary Todd [License]

    Shaken By The Lulav

    Article Courtesy: Rationalist Judaism by Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin

    There are many aspects of Judaism which make people feel uncomfortable. The mitzvah of arba minim sometimes falls into that category. Shaking a bunch of branches ritualistically feels not just mystical, but even pagan. Yet from a rationalist perspective, it’s not about influencing metaphysical forces, but rather summoning certain ideas in one’s own mind. Still, in today’s urbanized society which is very far removed from the plant kingdom and the agricultural cycle, even that may feel somewhat “alien” to some people.
    But I’d like to suggest an entirely different way of framing things. There is a tendency to miss the forest for the palm trees. Why not focus on the bigger picture?
    A recent article in the New York Times stated that “Many Palestinians consider the Aqsa compound the embodiment of Palestinian identity, the animating force behind the aspiration for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.” Indeed, that is true. However, the Aqsa compound has been the embodiment of Palestinian identity for a couple of decades. What the New York Times failed to mention is that the Temple and Jerusalem has been the embodiment of Jewish identity for two orders of magnitude greater than that.

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  • The Dangers of Letting Islamic Extremists Claim Sovereignty Over Even Part of Jerusalem
    The moment you allow Islamic extremists to steal even an inch, they won’t stop until they have destroyed Israel’s eternal unified capital of Jerusalem…

    Illustrative photo courtesy: The Temple Institute


    Article Courtesy: The Temple Institute

    What happens when there are no Jews on the Temple Mount? Last week 6 convicted terrorists, each with innocent blood on their hands, escaped from an Israeli prison, (4 have since been recaptured). On Friday, the day for Muslim prayer on the Temple Mount, when Jews are not on the Mount and the police presence is minimal, Arabs on the Mount were celebrating the escape of the terrorists, (none had be recaptured at the time). In the photos they are waving a Palestinian flag while chanting terror slogans.

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  • Rosh Hashanah :: All Eyes on Jerusalem
    This year’s census of Jewish people around the world, including in Israel shows some significant increases and changes. The statistics show over 15 million Jews throughout the world with nearly 7 million living in their homeland of Israel. There’s one thing that unites the faith-based Jewish Nation no matter where they are throughout the world, especially on Rosh Hashanah — we all pray with our hearts and thoughts directed toward Israel’s eternal unified capital of Jerusalem!

    Illustrative photo credit: FotoGuy 49057 [License]

    On Eve of Rosh Hashanah Israel’s Population Increases to Almost 9.4 Million People

    Article Courtesy: Algemeiner

    On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Israel’s population numbered almost 9.4 million people, growing by 146,000 people from the year before, according to figures published by the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics on Sunday.

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  • Israel Must Prevent Biden’s Attempt To Split Its Unified Capital of Jerusalem
    The United States’ Biden administration has been pushing to re-open a consulate in Jerusalem — a clear attempt to undermine Israel’s sovereignty and help Muslim extremists divide Israel’s capital. The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem is able to conduct all necessary services. The opening of a consulate within the same city is meant to create the image that Israel’s capital is actually a divided city. This is completely unacceptable and dangerous! Here’s what can be done about it…

    Image of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden. Credit: Screenshot Government Press Office via Naftali Bennett

    Expert: Here is How FM Lapid Can Block the ‘Bad Idea’ US Consulate Opening in Jerusalem

    Article Courtesy: The Jewish Press

    Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and the state of Israel have the legal means to block the US’ attempts to open a consulate in eastern Jerusalem for the Arabs, according to international legal expert Professor Eugene Kontorovich, the Director of International Law at the Jerusalem-based Kohelet Policy Forum.

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  • Israeli Leaders Meet With Greek and Cypriot Foreign Ministers in Jerusalem
    Official State visits and meetings of national importance are naturally held in Israel’s eternal unified capital of Jerusalem…

    Illustrative Photo Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Greece, Israel, Cyprus FMs meet Sunday in Jerusalem

    Article Courtesy: Ekathimerini.com

    The foreign ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Israel, Nikos Dendias, Nicos Christodoulides and Yair Lapid respectively, will meet in Jerusalem on Sunday to discuss regional developments and areas of possible cooperation such as wildfire control, the coronavirus pandemic and protection of the environment.

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  • An Emotional Mazal Tov From Jerusalem!
    We are always happy to share good news from Israel’s eternal unified capital of Jerusalem. A beautiful baby boy was born in this Jerusalem hospital and we pray that he will bring his family joy and consolation. This emotional story speaks to the strength and resolve of the family, Jerusalem and all of Israel. We wish the entire family health, happiness and only the best! Mazal tov!

    Illustrative Image Courtesy: JewishLife Video Snapshot of Shira & Amichai Ish-Ran

    Son born to couple wounded in 2018 terror attack

    Article Courtesy: Arutz7

    A baby was born to Shira and Amichai Ish-Ran, who were wounded in a shooting attack at the Ofra junction in December of 2018.
    Shira, 23, was shot by the terrorist and had to undergo a caesarean section, even though she was seven months pregnant. The baby did not survive and three days later he was pronounced dead. The baby was laid to rest on the Mount of Olives after he was given the name Amiad Yisrael.
    Chaim Silberstein, Shira’s father, said following the birth of his grandchild, “Wonderful news, unbelievable gratitude to Hashem. A son born to our daughter Shira and her husband Amichai this morning. Both are doing well thank G-d. Some closure after they were critically injured from a terror attack two and a half years ago.”

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  • Archaeological Proof Supports Biblical Account of Jerusalem Earthquake
    It is always amazing when the archaeological evidence proves the known recorded facts about Jerusalem! The writings in the Tanach (the comprehensive Jewish Biblical writings) recorded the history of the Jewish people, Jerusalem and all of Israel. It’s a beautiful thing to watch these facts proven by evidence that was buried thousands of years ago…

    Photo: Vessels discovered in Jerusalem’s City of David within a layer of destruction from the 8th century BCE, which coincided with a massive earthquake mentioned in the Bible. They are photographed after their restoration by Joseph Bocangolz. (Dafna Gazit / Israel Antiquities Authority)

    Archaeologists unearth 1st Jerusalem evidence of quake from Bible’s Book of Amos

    Article Courtesy: Times of Israel

    The multi-year coronavirus pandemic is now firmly branded as a benchmark in modern memory. Likewise, in the first verse of the Book of Amos, the 8th century BCE biblical prophet referred to “two years before the earthquake” as an anchor to the events he was about to relate. Two centuries later, the prophet Zechariah again referred to this destructive earthquake period, so deeply was it ingrained in the collective psyche.
    Now, for the first time, a team of Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists in Jerusalem’s City of David report that they have found unprecedented concrete evidence of this 8th century BCE earthquake in the ancient capital.

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  • Ancient Coins :: ‎”For the freedom of Jerusalem!”‎
    These ancient coins were minted about 500 hundred years‎ before Mohammad, the founder of Islam, was even born and long before the Muslims invaded Israel and occupied Jerusalem. These coins proclaim the efforts of the Jewish People to fight for Jerusalem after their capital city was razed by the ancient Romans. Please help us spread the TRUTH about Jerusalem — ‎”For the freedom of Jerusalem!”

    Photo Credit: Bar Ilan University Institute of Archaeology

    Bar-Ilan U. Archaeologist Discovers Two Rare Coins Dating Back to Jewish Revolts Against Rome

    Article Courtesy: JewishPress.com

    Coins bearing the inscriptions “Herut Zion” (Freedom for Zion) and “LeHerut Yerushalayim” (To the Freedom of Jerusalem) were recently discovered during an archeological survey conducted in Wadi er-Rashash in eastern Binyamin by the Institute of Archeology at Bar-Ilan University.
    One coin, from the Great Revolt, was discovered on the ground at Hirbet Jib’it and the second, from the Bar-Kokhba Revolt, was found in a cave on the nearby Wadi er-Rashash cliffs about a kilometer north, according to Dr. Dvir Raviv, who heads the survey on behalf of the Bar-Ilan Institute.

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