DESTRUCTION AND REDEMPTION

MODEL OF THE SECOND TEMPLE ISRAELThis coming Thursday marks the anniversary of the destruction of the two Jewish temples that stood in the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Coincidentally, both of these temples were destroyed on the same date of the Jewish calendar, the 9th of Av. Orthodox Jewry throughout the world will mark this solemn day with a 25-hour fasting and will traditionally pray in Israel at the so-called Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, the last remaining structure of the Second Temple which was built by Herod the Great in 26 A.D.

Why am I mentioning this particular event in the Jewish calendar? Well, just a reminder to all of you that the Temples served as God’s ‘footstool’ portraying His presence on earth and their destruction had a profound impact on the Jewish people. Subsequently, the Jews endured 2,000 years of pogroms, inquisitions, deportations culminating in the Holocaust. Against all odds, in 1948, came the birth of the Jewish state. However, in just its embryonic state, Israel had to defend itself against a succession of wars perpetrated by Arab countries bent on Israel’s destruction. Miraculously, Israel won every war, and in 1967 as a result of the Six Day War, Israel gained all of Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Sinai, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank (historically known as Judea and Samaria). However, once again, there is an ominous threat hovering over the Jews, this time voiced by the Iranian President Ahmadinejad who wishes to erase Israel from the map. This malevolent threat, however, seems to go on deaf ears by the world community. Rather than focusing on eliminating this peril swiftly, the world’s debate appears to focus ad nauseam on when this travesty of a nation such as Iran is supposed to have nuclear weaponry – is it in six months, one year, two years, five, … who cares? The point is that in the meantime, the wicked wheels keep turning and the clock is ticking very fast.

The Iranian dictator’s canards differ from those of Hitler’s only in terms of the label: Ahmadinejad calls Jews “Zionists” instead of “Juden.”  His intentions, similarly to those of the bogus Palestinians, are racist rather than territorial and promoted by the religious belief that eradicating Israel from the world map would hasten the coming of their 12th Imam. And in the face of such an ugly menace against Israel, the theater of the absurd was well represented when the U.N. and Columbia University invited this fanatic dictator to deliver hateful diatribes. But what would you expect when radical Muslims who are vehemently anti-Israel are invading the continent?  Europe is becoming Eurabia and the U.S.’s President Barack Hussein Obama is vehemently apologizing and schmoozing with the Arab world? Just remember or read history – during the Holocaust, when millions of Jews were sent to the ovens, not one nation in the world stood for them, and today it appears that once again no one is siding with Israel or Jews in general. Rather, the world leaders are negotiating with unreliable dictators and pressuring Israel to divide itself into two halves to accommodate the birth of a phony Palestinian Islamic entity whose covenant of annihilating Israel has never been changed. In fact what the U.S., U.N., E.U., and the world leaders in general are demanding from Israel are nothing short of suicidal, yet once again, no one seems to care.

The destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem were attributed by the sages to sinat chinam (baseless hatred) among Jews, a spiritual tragedy which caused the retreat of the Divine Presence and the subsequent 2,000-year exile, inquisitions, Crusades, pogroms and holocaust. The birth of the State of Israel has been recognized as nothing short of a redemptive beginning coupled with the ingathering of the exiles and the future reconstruction of the Third Temple as predicted by the Prophets over three thousand years ago.  The only string missing is that Jews must return to God’s covenant and remember who they are so that peace can finally prevail throughout the world with “the wolf and lamb grazing together…” as prophesied by Isaiah 65:25.

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