Love is in the air: Mazal tov to Magen David Adom paramedics Wala Tamimi and Ahmed Karot who got engaged this past week at the Jerusalem MDA Station.
We wish you many happy and healthy years together. #ValentinesDay
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AND SO IT BEGINS...
The Palestinians and the kingdom of Jordan (which controls the Temple Mount Muslim Waqf), are getting ready for Joe Biden to enter office on January 20th by crying about Jewish history and current presence on the Temple Mount and at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, with the hope, of course, of rolling back Jewish gains on the Temple Mount over the past four years. Read on:
PALESTINIANS, JORDAN ACCUSE ISRAEL OF ‘JUDAIZING’ WESTERN WALL PLAZA
The PA Foreign Ministry called on the United Nations Security Council to “halt the crimes of the Israeli occupation forces against al-Aqsa Mosque.”
By Khaled Abu Toameh
The Palestinians and Jordan have accused Israel of seeking to “Judaize” the Western Wall Plaza because of renovation work that is being carried out there.
Referring to the renovations as “excavations,” the Palestinians and Jordan called for an immediate cessation of the work at the site.
The Jordanian-controlled Wakf Department in east Jerusalem, which oversees Muslim and Christian holy sites, said that the “excavations” were “part of the [Israeli] project to complete the Judaization of al-Buraq Plaza, southwest of the al-Aqsa Mosque.”
The Wakf claimed that the renovations contradicted international humanitarian law and decisions on this matter by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Al-Buraq is the name Muslims use to refer to the Western Wall. They believe it is the site where the prophet Mohammed tied his winged steed, al-Buraq, on his journey to Jerusalem before ascending to paradise.
The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the United Nations Security Council to “halt the crimes of the Israeli occupation forces against al-Aqsa Mosque.”
The ministry condemned Israeli “excavations” at the Western Wall, referring to it as the “western wall of the al-Aqsa Mosque.”
The ministry further accused Israel of working to “Judaize” the entire site, as well as al-Aqsa Mosque and the nearby neighborhood of Silwan.
Sheikh Omar Kiswani, director of al-Aqsa Mosque, claimed that Israel was seeking to expand the Western Wall Plaza “so that it could receive the largest number of Jewish settlers who would storm al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Kiswani said that the work was part of an Israeli scheme to turn the Western Wall plaza into an exclusively Jewish area.
Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council and former PA mufti of Jerusalem, denounced the renovations as an “assault on Muslims with the aim of changing the identity of Jerusalem and tampering with Islamic heritage and antiquities.”
Sabri said that what was happening at the Western Wall Plaza was in the context of Israel’s attempt to “create a false Jewish identity.”
“This is an unacceptable change of the reality,” he added. “It contradicts international laws.”
Jordan, meanwhile, called on Israel to immediately stop the “ongoing excavations and abide by its obligations as an occupying power in occupied east Jerusalem, and to stop violating or changing the identity of the Old City.”
The Jordanian Foreign Ministry said it condemns the Israeli “excavations at the al-Buraq Plaza, which is an integral part of al-Aqsa Mosque.”
A spokesman for the ministry reiterated Jordan’s “rejection and denouncement of all unilateral Israeli measures,” saying they were in violation of international law. ... See MoreSee Less
Today we honor Civil Rights Movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK). We are forever grateful that as he fought racism, and as Jews stood with him to fight for civil rights, MLK was also a Zionist who strongly supported the State of Israel and stood with his Jewish brothers and sisters to fight antisemitism. May his memory be a blessing.
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Did not know this. 💖💖
The United States ended a ban and will no allow Americans born in Jerusalem to have their U.S. passports list their country of birth as Israel, rather than just “Jerusalem.”
Menachem Zivotofsky was the first to get such a passport, handed to him by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman at a brief ceremony at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
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FAST OF THE 10TH OF TEVET
Friday, December 25th this year is the fast of the 10th of Tevet. The fast is a dawn to dark fast, and is the only of the five fasts observed throughout the year that is observed, even on a Friday, the eve of Shabbat.
The 10th of Tevet, or, Ha'asara leTevet, (in Hebrew) marks the beginning of the siege laid upon Jerusalem by Nevuchatnetzar, king of Bavel, a siege that would conclude only with the conquest of Jerusalem and the looting and sacking of the Holy Temple.
The day is mentioned in the book of II Kings:
"And it was in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth of the month, that Nebuchadnetzar the king of Babylonia came, he and his entire army, against Jerusalem and encamped against it, and they built works of siege around it. And the city came under siege until the eleventh year of King Tzedekiah." (II Kings 25:1-2)
The prophet Zechariah mentions "the the fast of the tenth" among the four fasts observed over the destruction of the Holy Temple:
"So said HaShem of Hosts: The fast of the fourth [month], the fast of the fifth [month], the fast of the seventh [month], and the fast of the tenth [month] shall be for the house of Yehudah for joy and happiness and for happy holidays-but love truth and peace." (Zechariah 8:19) ... See MoreSee Less