Sunday, February 17, 2008

Hashm speaks, but no one listens: Earthquake Damages Temple Mount, Blocks road to Kever Yosef


Please understand that, no matter what happens to the Temple Mount, it will be blamed on us. Sure, it is THE MOST IMPORTANT JEWISH HOLY SITE--but we can't go up there, we aren't allowed to pray there, we can't observe what they are doing to it--but everything is our fault.

Now, I shall tell you a bit about what I think about this earthquake. First, it happened right after Friday prayers--at 12:37 p.m. Usually, after Friday prayers, there are speeches--and, as we know, the speeches delivered on the Temple Mount are often extremely negative towards Israel. Also, Friday is the day they pray for the dead, and I'm sure many prayers, and quite possibly the speech, was centered upon the dead terrorist, Mughniyeh and the call by many terrorist organizations to "liberate" Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. I wonder, at what moment, the quake shook the mosque? Do you think we will know was being said at that moment?

OK, now, the earthquake was based in Tyre--a place in Lebanon famous to three things--King Hiram, who provided the cedars of Lebanon to build the first temple, and where the snails who made the purple dye for the Tzitzit were from. Also, it was written about that the snails also provided a way to cut the stones for the temple.

In addition, the road to Kever Yosef was blocked--the arabs burned Kever Yosef AGAIN last week.


Earthquake Damages Temple Mount and Shechem
by Ezra HaLevi

( An earthquake shook Israel at 12:37 PM Friday. The only damage reported in Israel was on the Temple Mount and near Shechem (Nablus).

The earthquake measured 5.3 on the Richter scale; its epicenter was located in northeastern Lebanon. Earlier last week an earthquake measuring 4.1 was felt in northern Israel, also originating from Lebanon, near its northern city of Tyre.

A large hole opened up on the Temple Mount during Friday's earthquake (click here for pictures), which was soon covered by officials from the Wakf Islamic Authority that administers the mosques built atop Judaism’s holiest site.

The only other reported damage in the Holy Land was incurred between Palestinian Authority-controlled Shechem (Nablus) and Jenin, where an old home collapsed, blocking the main road to the village of Khufin. The village is not far from the site of the Biblical Joseph’s Tomb, which was set ablaze by Muslim vandals last week.

At least five people were injured and two homes were destroyed in southern Lebanon as a result of Friday’s quake.

Wakf Officials Blame Israel
Wakf officials tried to blame Israel for the 6-foot by 5-foot hole, which is about three feet deep, claiming it was caused by Israel, which it accuses of tunneling beneath the Temple Mount. They demanded an end to all Israeli excavations in the area.

Though several excavation projects are taking place around the Western Wall Plaza, none of them entail tunneling past the wall itself and beneath the mount. The Wakf’s official position is that there was never a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount and has gone to great efforts to erase archaeological evidence of Judaism’s historical ties to the site.

Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz issued a statement rejecting the Muslim claims. "These are mendacious reports without a grain of truth," he said, adding that work in the Temple Mount compound would be contrary to Jewish law. “Such claims are a desecration and cause hatred and incitement for no reason whatsoever,” Rabbi Rabinowitz said. He stressed that work on the Rambam (Mughrabi) Gate ramp to the Temple Mount is vital for the safety of those who visit the Western Wall and called on the authorities to finish the work speedily.

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