Sunday, August 10, 2008

We're Getting Closer

Wow, even some secular Israelis want the to build The Beis HaMikdash...

"Seculars Want Temple', as Fast of Av Begins Saturday Night

by Hillel Fendel

"The fast of Tisha B'Av, the "saddest" day in the Jewish calendar, begins on Saturday night as the Sabbath ends, and ends Sunday evening at sundown...

""Secular Jews for the Temple"
The centerpiece of Tisha B'Av mourning is the destruction of the Holy Temple (Beit HaMikdash). Among the many groups that have sprouted over the past several years promoting awareness of the Beit HaMikdash is one named "Secular Jews for the Temple." Ahuvyah Tabenkin of left-wing Kibbutz Ein Harod said, 'It's true that we don't exactly represent a majority of secular Kibbutz members... but the pioneers have always been a minority: the Zionists were a minority among the Jews, those who came to the Land were a minority among the Zionists, those who worked the land were also a minority, and now we are a minority as well. But I hope that soon we will be the leaders...'

"Asked whether he calls for the actual construction of the Temple, he said, 'There are many religious authorities, including Maimonides, who say that the Temple must be rebuilt, and so I think it should be done... As a first step, we must show that we control the Temple Mount... I call upon all of Israel to come to the Mount on [Tisha B'Av] and show that it belongs to the Jewish nation.'"

continued here...

This makes me happy to read this. People are starting to realize that we need the Beis HaMikdash. That when we say "l'shana haba'a Birushalayim" we mean Yerushalayim habenuya -- The built Yerushalayim, a "built" which means with holiness and Torah and Beis Hamikdash (and sapphire...).

Anyone who wants to read my 9 B'av post from 2 years ago, can see it here.


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