This past Saturday in Israel is the celebration of Yom Yerushalayim. It commemorates that wonderful day (per the Hebrew calendar) when the IDF liberated the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six Day War. It is also appropriate to remember on Yom Yerushalayim that if it were not for the progressive hubris of the man considered to be the hero of Jerusalem’s liberation Moshe Dayan, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount would not be the issue it is today.
Jews were denied access to the Holy sites in the Old City Jerusalem since 1948, when Jordan took it over during the War of Independence. In the intervening 19 years the Jordanians waged systematic destruction, desecration and looting of Jewish sites. But on that day 44 years ago was a miracle 1900 years in the making, even if you cannot understand the Hebrew in the recording below, you can understand the joy, and reverence as Jews approached the Temple mount for the first time in nearly 20 years (in the video at the bottom of this post you can see and hear the joy of this moment 49 years ago).
It should be noted that despite what commentators and the mainstream media will tell you, the Kotel, the “Wailing Wall” is not the holiest site in Judaism, but it is the retaining wall for the holiest place, the Temple Mount or Mount Moriah which where the two Jewish Holy Temples stood (Jews also believe mount Moriah was also the place where patriarch Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac).
The Kotel is closest place to the holiest spot for Jews where non-Muslims are allowed to pray. Thanks in part to Moshe Dayan, Jews and Christians are not permitted to pray atop the Temple Mount. In fact if you look like you are praying—heck if you kneel down to tie your shoes, you can be thrown off the mount (or attacked by the Muslims there)…
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