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False Impressions

 

False Impressions (Randyjw; March 20, 2018)

 

Still think the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem, Israel, is incontrovertibly linked to the Arab world as a holy place mentioned in the Koran?

 

Think again.

 

My contention that the only reason there is any interest in the Muslim-occupied site in Israel upon which the gold-roofed structure sits is due to an ancient, ever-persistent hatred by the Arab world toward the Jews. This age-old, obsessive preoccupation with the status of Jews and our relationship with our G-d has caused generational jealousy sown throughout the entire “Arab world”.

 

The proof that this is so can be gleaned by Arab actions against Jewish sites which we have deemed sacred or historically important to the Jewish people, as such. The Arabs, throughout history, continually ransack, vandalize, and attempt to eradicate these Jewish sites. They, furthermore, attack and murder Jews due to this jealousy.

 

This is at least the second time I have stated this and written about this, in this WordPress forum. No-one else can ever seem to supply a logical explanation as to why the Arabs continue to always fight against the Jews. Some people lay blame on the poverty of the Arab people. Really?  Are you familiar with the sights of Arab wealth? These can include: gold lavatories, high-end watches, private aviation, mansions, vehicles, and more. Maybe not every individual person of Arab descent is wealthy, but, then — they are also “just like us”, and all strata of income is represented in their population. So, “Income” is not a viable explanation.

 

Neither is the excuse known as “Opportunity”. Come on! There are at least 22 Arab states/countries, and at least as approximately the same quantity of total Muslim countries as there are states in the United States of America! More than 50! It is implausible to think that within those 50-some-plus places in the Muslim world, there exists no “Opportunity” for the Muslim individual to excel. And if there is not, then “Why,” might we ask, “is this possibly so?” Those lands are ruled by their own people, so who is to blame, then, in this instance? Huh?

 

Israeli oppression? Come on! The 17-20% of the population in Israel of Arab descent living there have more freedom under Israeli democratic rule than they do any other place in the Muslim countries. They hold political positions, occupy government and municipal employment positions, police positions, teaching positions — just like Jewish or Christian residents of Israel might.

 

Because of the Jewish belief that the Messiah will arrive via a certain gate in the walled city of Jerusalem, the Jewish gravesite across from this area on the Mount of Olives, and known as the Mount of Olives, is the most revered and prestigious location for a Jewish person to be buried, as it will be closest to the place where the Messiah is believed will appear. Arabs have placed their own grave sites close to this spot, as well; perhaps to receive the blessings, or perhaps to occupy the land around the walls. In any case, the Arabs have also bricked-up the gate entrance, so that the prophetic arrival will not occur.

 

The Arabs have also attacked the gravesites of our Patriarchical Jewish ancestors: Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Leah, Rachel, and others, of whose names people would be familiar through the words of the thousands of years old Bible (Old Testament). Additionally, graves of many Rabbinic sages and historical Jewish sites have been attacked and vandalized, as well as their building materials removed and transported to Arab countries for their own use, as well as to muddy Jewish provenance/ownership of such artifacts.

 

It has not been solely an Arab custom to do this to the Jewish people and to the sites in Israel; it has also been a tactical strategy on the part of Christianity, at least in the thousands of years since Christianity’s founding, proceeding through somewhat recent times. Christianity has been known to build Churches atop Jewish sites; and it is also for the very same reason that the Arabs have done so — to eradicate Jewish presence, for one…. But, especially, to rewrite the religious narrative on G-d, and to eliminate any Jewish presence as the principal components of this equation.

 

And that is why the Jewish people suffer at human hands. There is free will.

 

And, then – – there is G-d.

 

Here is an interesting backgrounder by Joseph Farah, a Christian Arab, on some of the history of the present structures atop the Temple Mount:

 

http://www.wnd.com/2018/02/why-jerusalem-is-not-islams-3rd-holiest-site/

 


 

Additional Reading (Added June 25, 2018):

 

Flatow, Stephen M. “‘Un-Settling’: The Royals Understanding of Jerusalem”; Reprinted in secondary source by JewishPress.com from Jewish News Syndicate (JNS); June 25, 2018:

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/un-settling-the-royals-understanding-of-jerusalem/2018/06/25/

 

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Tiles of the Temple Found

 

As a child and throughout the all-important developmental years of my youth, I was fortunate to be raised by hard-working parents who struggled to afford me the privileges of providing cultural opportunities to enrich my growth.

 

I attended day camp and summer camp, and had occasional treats of museum or aquarium visits, the Nutcracker suite ballet (back when it was the real, visiting Russian Moscow ballet, to whom nobody has ever held a candle to, to this day), and ice shows. There were piano-, ice-skating and tennis lessons (skiing I had to pay for myself).

 

These are important things, which I think that many of today’s families just don’t bother undertaking with their children. I spent many after-school days at my friend’s house, and she was also a fixture at ours, accompanying my mother and I to an occasional outing. My favorites usually involved trips to the museum. I particularly took a shine to the polished gemstones for purchase for between $1.00-to-$3.00 in the museum’s gift shop, as did my friend, and I had a small collection of a few good rocks: micah, pyrite, and others.

 

I was also really enraptured of the Egyptian artifact collections, as well as the heiroglyphic and ancient writing systems of the ancient Middle Eastern cultures, spending some time in youthful pursuit, which is to say, not so seriously, unfortunately, in trying to learn some of these systems. Odd how it was that when my friend and I concocted our own secret alphabet code, we happened to have used some of the same symbols formulated by the ancients of old. I believe there must be some type of universal symbol usage, or perhaps more narrowly Middle Eastern, that perpetuates in ancient memories of the mind. I bet that if today’s coded kids’ alphabets were studied, they’d find the same symbols still in effect (add this to my Crazy Theory subset: #2, if I remember to do so).

 

I never extrapolated my love in my youth for the Egyptian archaeological finds early enough to realize that it could be a field of study for me, applied to Israeli/Jewish culture. Most study of archaeology in its beginnings were conducted mostly under the auspices of societies/Foundations/schools studying Egyptian, Assyrian and Hittite culture. Jews were excluded from among such groups due to anti-Semitism, and via the fact that they weren’t allowed entrance in such a capacity to those other Middle Eastern countries, anyways. Israel was still being referred to by the old designation of “Palestine”, in any case, as well.

 

In really recent times, though, I was briefly able to realize this great honor in studying Israeli archaeology via the Israeli Ministry of Tourism acceptance of me into its program of licensure to be a tour guide. In a participating academic program I enrolled in (I was unable to complete the full course of certification, due to personal circumstances I let get in the way), my course studies took me on field trips accessible only to archaeologists behind locked gates and other areas way beyond that which even the scope of a tourist trip could reveal. It was incredible.

 

One day I was watching t.v. with my mother about Israel and its sites, and there was one of my classmates, described as an expert, leading a televised tour of a particular ancient site, and I excitedly pointed him out to my mother.

 

Israel’s top archaeologists were my classroom and field guide teachers. One spoke of his Yemeni wife and related tales of his visit with the Princess of Bhutan, as he led us up mountains and past old water drainage systems cut into the hillsides. Another, whom I really related to and admired immensely, is one of Israel’s leading archaeologists. Dr. Gabriel Barkay is the archaeologist whose excavations uncovered the oldest found Biblical text, incised in proto-Hebraic script onto two silver scrolls: that of the Aharonic Blessing (one of my favorites) of Numbers 6:24-26 and the other of Deuteronomy 7:9, dating to approximately the 7th Century BCE, according to information I found at the Israel Tour Guide / Israel Tours blogsite of Shmuel Browns (read his article, below).

 

Prior to the beginning of my educational training, I participated briefly in a project known as the Temple Mount Sifting Project, where dirt which had been removed during illegal Arab construction and excavation on the Temple Mount was being sifted and combed through for any archaeological artifacts it might yield. While I did not find anything….

 

Stone tiles matching the new Roman foot measurement of 29.6 cm used by Herod such as at his other palaces, like Masada, Jericho, and Herodion, of flooring installed in the inlaid opus sectile, or “cut work” style, unknown in Israel prior to Herod’s time, have since been found of imported marble and stone from Rome, Asia Minor, Tunisia and Egypt.

 

King Herod was responsible for many great building projects throughout Israel under vasselage of the Roman Empire. The tiles dating to this time confirm the Jewish Temple having been built then (37-4 BCE, according to the information found at Breaking Israel News), and there. Other contemporaneous sources during Temple period times comes from the historian Flavius Josephus, in his First Century book, “The Jewish Wars”, who writes of the courtyard of the Jewish Temple being paved with multicolored stone, as well as Talmudic literature speaking of colors of green, blue and white. More than 100 of the 600 tiles found date to this period.

 

The timing couldn’t have been a better counterpoint to 9-11 this year (as well as BDS, EU labeling, UNESCO declaration of the Temple Mount being solely holy to our sworn enemies, etc…).

 

G-d sure does have a great sense of humor, doesn’t He?

 

See the archaeological evidence at Breaking Israel News (scroll through entire article to see the different geometrical patterns posited in reconstruction and refurbishment, about halfway down the page) at: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/75233/first-time-ever-undeniable-evidence-jewish-temple-discovered-photos/

 

Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “For First Time Ever, Archaeological Evidence Proves Jewish Temple Stood On Temple Mount [PHOTOS]”. Breaking Israel News.com; September 6, 2016: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/75233/first-time-ever-undeniable-evidence-jewish-temple-discovered-photos/

 

Browns, Shmuel. “Ketef Hinnom Silver Amulets”. Israel Tour Guide / Israel Tours; March 16, 2011: https://israel-tourguide.info/2011/0316/ketef-hinnom-silver-amulet/

 

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Jewish Temple Mount Heritage Claim

 

"The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps from pre-historic times). Its identity with the site of Solomon's Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to the universal belief, on which "David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings". - A Brief Guide to Al-Haram Al-Sharif; Supreme Moslem Council, Jerusalem, 1924.

“The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps from pre-historic) times. Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to the universal belief, on which “David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings”. – A Brief Guide to Al-Haram Al-Sharif; Supreme Moslem Council, Jerusalem, 1924.

 

 

 

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Happy Passover

A recent sign posted in Hebrew at The Temple Mount, the holy site purchased by King David of Israel upon which his son, King Solomon of Israel, would build the Holy Temple in which to house the Ark of the Covenant (between G-d and the Jewish People) where G-d would reside, evicts the current occupiers of the site of the Dome of the Rock in order that construction can begin on the new Temple.

Here is my “Levity” regarding the situation:
Hey! You! Get Off of My Mount! – by The Rolling Temple Stones

See the notice, reported by The Jewish Press, here:

The Jewish Press » » Evacuation Notice

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