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Workers remove handwritten notes placed between the ancient stones of the Western Wall, in the Old City of Jerusalem on September 16, 2020. The operation is carried out twice each year, before the Passover festival and at the Jewish New Year.
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THE FAST OF GEDALIAH
Today, the third day of Tishrei, is the Fast of Gedaliah. The fast day was established to commemorate the villainous murder of the Babylonian appointed Jewish governor of Judea, Gedaliah Ben Achikam, by a fellow Judean by the name of Yishmael Ben Netaniah.
Following the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple, the surviving Jews fled to the neighboring lands of Moab, Ammon and Edom. Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar appointed Gedalia Ben Achikam, considered to be a righteous Jew, to be governor over the newly fashioned Babylonian province of Judea. Many Jews who had fled following the destruction of Jerusalem, returned to their homes in Judea.
However, neighboring King Baalis of Ammon was jealous of the newly established and prospering entity, and sent one Yishmael Ben Netaniah, a descendant of one of the royal families of Judea, who had found refuge in Ammon, to assassinate Gedaliah Ben Achikam.
The plot and subsequent murder of Gedaliah Ben Achikam at the hands of Yishmael Ben Netaniah is described in 2 Kings 25:25–26:
"But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Yishmael Ben Netaniah, Ben Elishama, of the seed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldeans that were with him at Mitzpah. And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the forces, arose, and came to Egypt; for they were afraid of the Chaldeans."
The story is also related in the book of Jeremiah, chapter 41:
"In the seventh month, Yishmael Ben Netaniah Ben Elishama, of the royal family, one of the chief officers of the king, came with ten men to Gedaliah son of Achikam, at Mizpah. As they ate bread together there at Mizpah, Yishmael Ben Netaniah and ten men with him got up and struck down Gedaliah Ben Achikam Ben Shaphan with the sword and killed him, because the king of Babylon had appointed him governor in the land. Yishmael also killed all the Judeans who were with Gedaliah at Mizpah, and the Chaldean soldiers who happened to be there."
The assassination of Gedaliah son of Achikam put an end to the short lived Jewish autonomy. Fearing repercussions, the Jews who had returned to Judea fled to Egypt.
The fast commemoration the cowardly act of Yishmael Ben Netaniah is mentioned by the prophet Zechariah, it being one of four fast dates to be observed: "So said HaShem of Hosts: The fast of the fourth [month of Tammuz], the fast of the fifth [month of Av], the fast of the seventh [month of Tishrei], and the fast of the tenth [month of Tevet] shall be for the house of Judah for joy and happiness and for happy holidays-but love truth and peace." (Zechariah 8:19)
The day is observed as a dawn to dark fast.
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4 weeks ago
TIME TO CHANGE THE STATUS QUO ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT!
Yisrael Medad tweeted the following observation:
Jews are allowed to pray on the White House lawn. Not yet on the Temple Mount.
Photo taken at today's White House Israel-United Arab Emirates-Bahrain peace treaties signing ceremony, shows Israeli officials and guests in afternoon prayer on the White House lawn, something which they are currently not allowed to do on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
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1 month ago
This White House under President Donald Trump and his administration had, within days of his presidential inauguration [Jan. 20th, 2017] had a goal of working to bring peace to the Middle East, for all her people, including the Palestinians and the Israelis. Within 2 years of his inauguration, and countless hours of discussions, multitudes of parties in the US and in the Middle East directly involved, a 180 page document entitled: “Peace for Prosperity – a vision to improve the lives of Palestinian and Israeli People” [published in January 2020]. For those of you who have tried to undermine any and all of President Trumps efforts in bringing peace to the Middle East, nurtured and brought to fruition by President Trump [including the historic events of this week where “The Abraham Accords” were signed at the White House (amongst Israel, The UAE and Bahrain)] this proves any and all lies being pushed by those who hate President Trump, hate Israel, hate the truth, including those in congress and the media. I encourage all with an open mind, with a semblance of curiosity in seeking truth through facts, not falsehoods, for you to access this document and read it fully. Yes, it is long, but imagines what an undertaking it was to gather together specifics in order to resolve a long festering issue. Anyone seeking truth must take the time to read it, absorb it, and respect it. Thank you. www.whitehouse.gov/peacetoprosperity/
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1 month ago
We Jews will always have Jerusalem and all of Israel/ Judea/ Samaria! It is our land and always will be. Jews have ben living in the land of Israel/ Judea/Samaria for almost 4000 years!
THE CULTURAL APPROPRIATION OF THE JEWISH ‘PROMISED LAND’
"When Arab invaders brought Islam into Israel in the seventh and eighth centuries, they seized Jewish holy sites like the Tomb of the Jewish Matriarchs and Patriarchs in Hebron and turned it into a mosque. They built the Dome of the Rock atop the Jewish Temple Mount. The Muslims even adopted the notion of a “waqf” as a religious holy space. As opposed to Jews who viewed the land of Israel as holy because it was promised to them by God, Muslims believe that anywhere Muslims conquered and established the supremacy of Islam became a Muslim holy land. As such, Muslims attempted to erase the physical Jewish Promised Land as a land of their own."
Various segments of western society have become critical about “cultural appropriation” in which the majority group adopts customs of another group without explicitly acknowledging its origins, as to do so would be both stealing and effectively wiping out the essence of the minority culture. The issue is even more concerning when the majority group’s acts of appropriation specifically target religious and holy items of minority groups.
There is no greater example of this trend than the broad theft of the Jewish “Promised Land.”
In Genesis 12, God tells Abraham to leave his home “to the land that I will show you.” When he passed through Shechem (Nablus) God said “I will assign this land to your offspring.” It is a speech which God would repeat throughout the Bible to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel) and the Children of Israel, that this specific land was promised “as an everlasting possession.” (Genesis 17:8) It is a core belief of Judaism.
Over time, non-Jewish musicians and poets would use the phrase “Promised Land” as a generic destination without noting its specific identity to the land of Israel for Jews. Chuck Berry sang about it (later covered by Elvis) in reference to California as a destination for his music to reach the masses. Bruce Springsteen sang about the “promised land” as a place of yearning, a mental and spiritual destination beyond current problems.
When Arab invaders brought Islam into Israel in the seventh and eighth centuries, they seized Jewish holy sites like the Tomb of the Jewish Matriarchs and Patriarchs in Hebron and turned it into a mosque. They built the Dome of the Rock atop the Jewish Temple Mount. The Muslims even adopted the notion of a “waqf” as a religious holy space. As opposed to Jews who viewed the land of Israel as holy because it was promised to them by God, Muslims believe that anywhere Muslims conquered and established the supremacy of Islam became a Muslim holy land. As such, Muslims attempted to erase the physical Jewish Promised Land as a land of their own.
Politicians mostly avoid using the term “Promised Land.” They might note that Israel is a “Holy Land” which is “sacred to Jews and Christians and Muslims” as President Obama noted in a national prayer breakfast in 2014, stripping the uniqueness of the Promised Land for Jews. When Obama did use the term “Promised Land” it was as a metaphor for when Black children will have full equality to live in an America devoid of bigotry and racism.
The worst and most feared element of cultural appropriation happens constantly in regards to the “Promised Land,” in which it is either used generically as a metaphor without any connection to Jews, or when applied to the physical land of Israel, it is noted as holy to the three monotheistic faiths and not uniquely promised to the Children of Israel.
We should aspire to follow the example of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. whose final speech in 1968 pulled together the story of the Jewish Promised Land in connection with his desire for a more perfect society:
“Something is happening in Memphis; something is happening in our world. And you know, if I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of taking a kind of general and panoramic view of the whole of human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, “Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?” I would take my mental flight by Egypt and I would watch God’s children in their magnificent trek from the dark dungeons of Egypt through, or rather across the Red Sea, through the wilderness on toward the promised land. And in spite of its magnificence, I wouldn’t stop there…
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!“
The “promised land” is commonly used as a metaphor for a perfect society. Let’s strive for that perfection by acknowledging that its foundation is the Jewish State of Israel. ... See MoreSee Less
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On August 23rd 1929, 'someone' started a rumour that the Jews were about to take over the Temple Mount. On August 24th, on the strength of that blatant lie, 69 innocent Jewish men, women and children were murdered and many more injured by an Arab mob in Hebron. Synagogues were desecrated, homes destroyed, possessions looted. We will never forget the innocents murdered on that day, murdered as so many have been throughout history on the strength of a murmur, a whisper, a lie, a 'rumour about the Jews' ... See MoreSee Less
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Just plain hateful....😡 .... !