Saturday, October 06, 2012

Moshe Feiglin: Arrested for praying at Temple Mount

Letter to the editor of: "Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin":
My friend Moshe Feiglin has been arrested again for praying at Temple Mount. (Jerusalem Post, Oct. 7, 2012: Moshe Feiglin arrested for praying on Temple  Mount.) For more than 500 years now European Jews have turned around and headed collectively in a return to Jerusalem. It is one of the  most important epic journeys in the history of the human condition and it is divinely inspired. But the last 100 yards, to Temple Mount, seem to be the most difficult. Yet this is now and always has been about Temple Mount and can not be about anything else: The journey back cannot be seen as anything but the entry upon a sacred state and one that began thousands of years ago at Temple Mount - the place which marks the human coniunctio; the marriage at the sacred beginning marked by its Temple - and this, the journey, will end again at Temple Mount and begin again for Jews and for those of us on the outside, Time.

One of the first pieces I wrote about Moshe was titled Arrested for Praying, 2/22/10, The Hill. I wrote then:
 "Since Sept. 11, 2001, there has been a greater sense that the fate of Jerusalem is America’s fate. Obama should take on Iran with its nuclear ambitions and intense hatred of Israel because it is right and needs to be done and if he doesn’t, Mitt Romney will do it in 2012 as his first act as president. Or maybe not. He said he’d have to talk to his lawyers first. But Sarah Palin might.

"When this action is successfully completed, discussion can begin about the centermost place and purpose of Israel, where Jews from everywhere in the world — after attempts to extinguish them throughout Europe (Germany, Vichy France, Poland, Russia) failed — were allowed in post-war to return on an inner journey to their cosmic beginnings, but unbelievably, forbidden to pray when they got to the vortex, the Temple Mount. 'Every religious looking Jew who ascends the Temple Mount is accompanied by a Moslem wakf attendant and an Israeli policeman, who together, scrutinize his/her lips. A Jew who is suspected of praying is detained or immediately arrested,' Moshe Feiglin, of the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction in the Likud party, reports.

"This is where the discussion will begin again or perhaps where real discussion will begin for the first time, at the “temple that does not exist,” the source from which the entirety of the Western world (Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Muslim) awakened these past 2,000 years."

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