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21/05/2020 11:09am Behind the Scenes of the Six-Day War: A Yom Yerushalayim YouTube Playlist
Toldot Yisrael is re-releasing a Yom Yerushalayim playlist in Hebrew with English subtitles.
Produced in cooperation with Yad Levi Eshkol, the 34 minute playlist includes:
- Eyewitness accounts of the fall of the Old City of Jerusalem in 1948
- Behind the scenes insight from the IDF generals of the Six-Day War
- Inspiring coverage of the miraculous battles of 1967
- A remarkable and heroic story about the Kotel
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5 days ago
Crucial context missing from this NY Times piece about COVID restrictions in Jerusalem: During the recent Jewish festival of Passover, the shutdown was even more severe.
The situation is severely affecting everyone in Jerusalem, not just Muslims. That must be made clearer. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
glad you put it into context. we are all suffering the inability to do whatever we were used to.
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3 weeks ago
SHAVUA TOV! 42 DAYS: TEMPLE MOUNT CLOSED TO JEWS
For the past two week Israel has been slowly reopening its economy. More and more industries and more and more stores and services are reopening, as Israel continues to contend with the Corona virus pandemic. Even outdoor places of worship have been reopened, albeit with a limited number of people allowed.
The Temple Mount, which is a 37 acre outdoor plaza, however, remains closed to the hundreds of Jews who regularly ascend the Mount throughout the week. Allowing small groups to ascend the Mount while keeping a safe distance one from another would hardly be a challenge for the police to oversee. So why has the Mount not been reopened to Jews?
It seems that the reason is an agreement that the government of Israel has made with the Muslim Waqf, which agreed to close the Mount to Muslims ONLY if it was simultaneously closed to Jews. Seems fair enough, except for the fact that allowing Muslims up to the Temple Mount during the current moth of Ramadan would be creating a grave health risk, as 1000's of Muslims would crowd onto the Mount each day. The Waqf refuses to accept responsibility for safely managing the crowds.
Why not allow an equal number of Jews and Muslims to be on the Temple Mount each day? For example, if 100 Jews arrive, then 100 Muslims can also enter the Mount. But that, of course, would mean that the Muslim Waqf is cooperating with Israel, something which the Waqf will avoid being seen doing. It would also require Israel to exercise its sovereignty over the Temple Mount, something which the government of Israel is reluctant to be seen doing.
Who then is the victim? Earnest people who simply want to pray on the Holiest place on earth, the place of the Holy Temple. We call upon the government of Israel to reopen the Temple Mount to Jews at once! ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Ventilators, testing kits, medical training, advice on isolation and social distancing - whatever Israel does, it's never enough to stem the torrent of antisemitism emanating from Gaza and the West Bank. This time it's a blood libel from PA Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, claiming that the Jews are somehow intentionally spreading COVID-19.'' ~ Likud-Herut ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
It’s a very stubborn disease, willingly spread by the corrupt leadership of the PA and their partners in crime.
Hatred has no limitations nor boundaries. It is not just the Palestinians who want Israel and the Jews to disappear, but many Europeans and other scattered through the earth as well.
MYSTERY OF LOCATION OF ARK OF THE COVENANT DEEPENS: COULD HOLY ARTIFACT BE HIDDEN IN JERUSALEM? ;
The sacred gold-covered wooden chest believed to contain the two stone tablets on which Moses inscribed the Ten Commandments, which disappeared from Jerusalem over two thousand years ago, has long become the stuff of legends, with historians and archeologists engaging an intense debate regarding its whereabouts.
The long-lost Ark of the Covenant made it into the news again late last year after archeologists from Tel Aviv University uncovered a large stone table among the ruins of a temple in the town of Beit Shemesh, about 20 km west of Jerusalem, on which they believe the Ark was once stored before being transferred to Jerusalem in the 10th century BC.
It is thought that the ruins of the temple at Beit Shemesh may have been an attempt by King David of Judah to find a permanent place for the Ark. King Solomon, David’s son and successor, who ruled the United Kingdom of Israel between 970 and 931 BC, placed the Ark in a small room in the Temple on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, forbidding anyone except for men of the cloth to be in its presence. About three centuries later, the Ark disappeared, with debates about its location (and even about whether it still exists) continuing to this day. Below is a summary of the debate, compiled by Russian journalist and religious researcher Anton Skripunov:
The last recorded mention of the Ark dates back to 622 BC, when King Josiah told men of the cloth that there was no longer any need to carry the holy artifact around on display to show ordinary believers. According to legend, the Ark disappeared from Jerusalem before King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon destroyed the city in 586 BC and led the Jews away to Babylon. Mysteriously, however, the relic was never mentioned in the list of items seized by the Babylonians, nor was it among the items returned to Jerusalem by Persian King Cyrus the Great a century later. It is known that since its restoration, the Temple of Jerusalem has remained empty.
According to biblical legend, the Temple built by King Solomon was destroyed because the Jews turned away from the worship of the one true God during the 55-year reign of Manasseh of Judah, who propagated the cult of Phoenician deity Baal and the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar.
The Judeans’ ‘sin of apostasy’ was spoken about by the Prophet Jeremiah, who according to legend gained possession of the Ark and hid it in a cave at Mount Nebo, beyond the River Jordan. But the cave was not marked, leading to the Ark’s loss. This story appears in the Second Book of Maccabees, and prompted Franciscan monks to carry out a large-scale search for the shrine in the 1930s. Commenting on this expedition, Jordanian archeologist Rustom Mkhjian recalled that the monks “searched for the grave of the Prophet Moses, and the Ark of the Covenant, but to no avail. Instead, they uncovered several 6th-7th century Byzantine temples with unique mosaics.”
However, other historians have doubts about the account. The Books of Maccabees were not included in the Hebrew Bible, and the story of Jeremiah and the Ark appeared only with the compilation of the Second book of Maccabees in about the second or first century BC.
An aerial view shows the Jordan River estuary of the Sea of Galilee near the community settlement
An alternative account, proposed by individuals including Shlomo Goren, a 20th century Orthodox Zionist rabbi and Talmudic scholar, suggested that the Ark never left Jerusalem at all, but remains hidden under the Temple Mount. In end times, the legend goes, when the Hebrew ‘Messiah’ – the future Jewish king from the Davidic line, returns to Earth, the Third temple would be built, and the Ark will be delivered there.
As Skripunov points out, it would be difficult to verify Goren’s theory archeologically, as the Temple Mount, which contains the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third most important shrine of Islam, is guarded by the King of Jordan, while the area surrounding the Mount, including part of the temple’s foundation, is controlled by Israel. In this situation, Skripunov notes, “the ambiguous legal status of the Temple Mount prevents full-scale archeological surveys from being carried out. Of course, Israeli archeologists have repeatedly carried out digs at its base, but this has only led to international scandals and increased tensions in the region.”
Australian geologist and young-Earth creationist Andrew Snelling, for his part, believes that even if the Ark truly was in Jerusalem, it would have been placed in the Second Temple as soon as it was completed by Judea’s King Herod the Great and his descendants in the first century AD. Snelling believes the Ark was destroyed by the Babylonians. However, critics of his theory suggest that such a major event would have been spoken of in the Bible.
Another idea, also popularized in the early 20th century, and based on a papyrus dated back to the 5th century BC, speculates that the Ark of the Covenant may have been brought to the island of Tana Kirkos in modern day Ethiopia, and kept there from 400 BC to 400 AD before being taken to a palace in the city of Axum, northern Ethiopia. In 2008, researchers from the University of Hamburg said that they had found evidence allowing them to indirectly confirm the authenticity of events described in legend.
The Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Axum, claims to be in possession of the Ark. The artefact remains closed off from viewing to the general public, and only one priest chosen for life to guard it is given access. Godefa Mehra, a minister at the church, explained that before the invasion of Ethiopia by Mussolini’s Italy in the 1930s, the shrine was open to believers once a year. The practice was stopped after the end of the war, as many of the country’s holy sites were desecrated and vandalised.
However, others continue to doubt that the Ark at Axum is the true Ark, and say that this copy of the ‘Ark’ was brought there by Christian believers at the end of the third century AD. In any event, Ethiopia’s Christian community continues to insist on the inviolability of its main shrine, with Mehra describes as containing “not only the tablets with the Commandments, the manna and rod of the Prophet Aaron, but also the soul of our people.” ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
TEMPLE MOUNT CLOSED TO ALL!
Corona Plague Shutdown Silences Prayer on the Temple Mount
Just two days after the Temple Mount was closed to Muslims, the government of Israel announced yesterday afternoon that the Mount will be also be closed to Jewish worshipers and to tourists.
Widespread violation of Israel's call for the Muslim Waqf to limit the number of Muslims on the Temple Mount led to the earlier closure of the Mount to Muslims.
Jewish worshipers on the Mount, much smaller in number, were responsive to the new health regulations and ascended in groups of no more than ten, and maintained safe distances between individuals. Despite these precautions, the total closure of the Mount was imposed today.
According to reports, the Jordanian government, which controls the Waqf, agreed to the Muslim closure only if Israel would also impose a closure on Jewish worshipers. ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Did you know that the Jaffa gate could be closed? I didn’t and that is probably because in my lifetime in never has. These are troubling times but I believe soon we will be reopening all of Jerusalem’s gates very soon. פתח לנו שער בעת נעילת שער״ ... See MoreSee Less
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JERUSALEM & CORONA IN THE TIME OF KING DAVID
The final chapter of the book of II Samuel tells the story of the plague that led to King David purchasing the threshing floor of Aravnah the Jebusite which was located on Mount Moriah, building an altar on the spot and making offerings to HaShem, and act which caused G-d to stay the plague which had taken the lives of 70,000 souls of Israel. David would not be allowed by G-d to build a Holy Temple on the spot where he built the altar, but King David's son Solomon would build the Temple in his father's stead.
II Samuel, Chapter 24:
And again the anger of HaShem was kindled against Israel and He moved David against them, saying, "Go count Israel and Judah." And the king said to Joab the captain of the host that was with him, "Go please, to and fro throughout all the tribes of Israel, from Dan as far as Beer-sheba and take census of the people, so that I may know the number of the people." And Joab said to the king, "May HaShem your G-d add to the people a hundredfold of whatsoever they may be, and the eyes of my lord, the king may see it; but my lord the king, why does he desire such a thing?" But the word of the king prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people, the Israelites. And they crossed the Jordan, and they camped in Aroer, to the right of the city that is [situated] in the middle of the valley of Gad, and to Jaezer. And they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtim-hodshi; and they came to Dan to the city of Jaan and round about to Zidon. And they came to the stronghold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites; and they went out to the South of Judah, to Beer-sheba. And they had gone to and fro throughout the entire land, and they came at the end of nine months and twenty days [back to] Jerusalem. And Joab presented the sum of the number of the people to the king; And Israel consisted of eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men. And David's heart smote him after he had counted the people. And David said to HaShem: I have sinned greatly in what I have done; and now, 'O Lord, put aside please, the iniquity of your servant, for I was very foolish! And David rose up in the morning; and the word of HaShem came to Gad the Prophet, the seer of David, saying: "Go and speak to David, 'So says HaShem, "Three things I offer you, choose for yourself one of them, and I shall do it to you". And Gad came to David and he told him, and he said to him, "[Do you prefer] that seven years of famine in your land shall come upon you? or three months that you shall flee before your oppressor while he pursues you? or, that there be three days pestilence in your land? Now know and consider what I shall reply to Him that sent me. And David said to Gad; "I am greatly oppressed; let us fall now into the hand of HaShem; for His mercies are great; but into the hand of man let me not fall." So HaShem sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time; And there died of the people from Dan to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men. And the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, and HaShem regretted the evil, and he said to the angel that destroyed among the people, "It is enough; now stay your hand." And the angel of HaShem was by the threshing-floor of Aravnah the Jebusite. And David said to HaShem when he saw the angel that smote among the people, and he said, "Behold I have sinned, and have acted iniquitously; but these sheep, what have they done? I beg that Your hand be against me, and against my father's house." And Gad came to David on that day, and said to him, "Go up to erect an altar to HaShem in the threshing-floor of Aravnah the Jebusite." And David went up according to the word of Gad, as HaShem had commanded. And Aravnah looked afar and he saw the king and his servants passing on towards him: and Aravnah went out and he bowed down to the king with his face to the ground. And Aravnah said, "Why has HaShem my king come to his servant?" And David said, "To acquire from you the threshing-floor, in order to build an altar to HaShem, that the plague be stayed from the people." And Aravnah said to David, "Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good in his eyes; behold the oxen for the burnt-offering and the threshing tools, and the [wooden] tools of the oxen for [fire] wood." All this Aravnah the king gave to the king. And Aravnah said to the king, "May HaShem your G-d accept you." And the king said to Aravnah, "No; for I will only buy it from you at a price; so that I will not offer to HaShem my G-d burnt-offerings [which I had received] for nothing." And David bought the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. And David built there an altar to HaShem, and he offered up burnt-offerings and peace offerings. And HaShem was entreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel. ... See MoreSee Less
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