The ire of Israel’s Archeological Council was voiced in a letter warning of great damage to Western Wall heritage site, should the decision to expand the prayer area for Conservative, Reform & mixed-gender prayer be allowed at the planned designated area.
By Itay Blumenthal
Israel’s Archeological Council announced, in a letter that it sent on Monday to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that it greatly opposes what it called “the major damage to the archeological park at the foot of the Western Wall”, the place where the government decided last January to establish an expanded prayer area for Conservative, Reform and mixed-gender worship. Continue Reading »
Police in Jerusalem have finally agreed to distribute a set of rules they expect Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount abide by.
By Yaakov Levi
With dozens of Jews arrested for “violating the rules” on visits to the Temple Mount, the Students for the Temple Mount organization had a simple question for police: Just what are the rules in the first place?
Jews on Temple Mount – Arnon Segel
The answer to that question has not been a simple one; police have often refused to say what is permitted and what is not, and often arrest Jews after much hectoring by Arabs, who accuse Jews of violating their “no Jewish prayer” rule. Continue Reading »
Rabbis urge for all Jews that visit & pray at the Western Wall to also visit the nearby Tomb of David, to keep it from falling into Vatican hands.
By Israel Today Staff
King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion was the focus of major controversy last summer when it was reported that, under pressure from the Vatican, Israel was preparing to hand over or sell control of the holy site to the Catholic Church.
The site is also holy to Christians, as the second floor of the compound is home to a more modern representation of the “Upper Room.”
In March an Italian newspaper reported that the Israeli government had in fact reached an agreement whereby the Vatican would take control of the Upper Room, while the building itself, and therefore King David’s Tomb, would remain still be owned by the Jewish state. Continue Reading »
Rabbi urged yeshiva students to cancel summer vacations, declaring ‘Mini Yom Kippur’ as Israel faces increasing security threats.
A group of leading Israeli rabbis declared Monday a day of prayer and fasting, a “mini Yom Kippur,” in their words, over the degenerating security situation in the country.
Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman
The initiative was spearheaded by Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the top non-hassidic orthodox rabbi in the country, who called for 24 hours of reciting of Psalms and fervent prayers amidst ongoing missile attacks from Gaza.
Last month, Rabbi Shteinman called on yeshiva students around Israel to cancel summer vacations, day trips and any other kind of recreational activity so long as the nation was at war. Continue Reading »
Exclusive: Knesset Interior Committee meeting exposes secret arrangement with Christians that ‘soon no Jews at David’s Tomb.’
By Benny Toker, Ari Yashar
In a Knesset Interior Committee meeting on Monday chaired by MK Miri Regev (Likud), it was revealed that Christians received permission to hold fixed prayers in the David’s Tomb Compound, in a breach of the status quo that threatens Jewish prayer rights.
Rabbi Simcha Hacohen Kook, chief rabbi of Rehovot and rabbi of the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City, took part in the Committee meeting and told Arutz Sheva about the serious implications of what was revealed. Continue Reading »
Both Labor & Likud Knesset members join effort to push controversial legislation to open up Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount compound that’s currently permitted for Muslims only.
By Akiva Novik
Labor and Likud MKs have joined forces on a new bill that proposes to allow Jews to pray at the Temple Mount compound – for the first time since the destruction of the Second Temple, as Jews are currently barred from praying at the site.
Palestinians praying at Temple Mount – Photo: AFP
MK Miri Regev (Likud) and MK Hilik Bar (Labor) are expected to introduce the bill for discussion in the Knesset. Continue Reading »
In light of the chaos & racist comments the Bar-Ilan Muslim students are subjected to, as they pray in public, the university is allocating them a private prayer room to allow them ‘to pray in a respectable fashion.’
By Itay Blumenthal, Shachar Chai
Bar-Ilan University is home to over 500 Muslim students, but whenever prayer time comes, they are forced to search for a vacant classroom or an uncrowded lawn.
Bar-Ilan University – Photo: Yaron Brener/Archive
The public praying on campus, at a university associated with the right-wing national-religious public, often attracted suspicious looks and racist comments. The students demanded change, and Thursday the university granted them a private prayer room. Continue Reading »
Discussion regarding possible Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount were held in the Knesset’s Interior Committee where Arab MKs slam idea, and verbally clash with right-wing MKs.
During a stormy discussion in the Knesset’s Interior Committee regarding Jewish prayer in the Temple Mount, MK Miri Regev (Likud) verbally clashed with MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al).
A stormy discussion in the Knesset – screenshot
At the height of the argument, MK Tibi told Regev: “Because of your games in Al-Aqsa (Temple Mount), a third Intifada is about to break out. You’re dangerous to yourself, to your children and to everyone. Continue Reading »
It’s now official: A faithful Jew has the right to pray regularly at the gateway to the Temple Mount, by court mandate.
By Chana Ya’ar
A faithful Jew prays regularly at the gateway to the Temple Mount, and returns when detained by police. Now the court has told the officers to leave him alone to pray in peace.
Visiting the Temple Mount – Temple Institute
A faithful Jew prays regularly at the gateway to the Temple Mount – and now he will be able to pray there for good, thanks to an appeal by Honenu in Jerusalem District Court. Continue Reading »