Israelis plan to build a new Jewish temple at Al-Aqsa

Jewish temple at Al-Aqsaa
Jewish temple at Al-Aqsaa
Jewish temple at Al-Aqsa
Jewish temple at Al-Aqsa

Some nationalist Jews want to restore their temple in Jerusalem’s Old City, at a location at the center of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with imported sacrificial cows, antiquated hymns, and growing support.
A group of choristers were preparing for the moment they will celebrate the rebuilding of the Jewish temple, which will, in their opinion, hasten the advent of the messiah, some 2,000 years after it was destroyed, in a Tel Aviv suburb.
However, for others, achieving their objective would greatly exacerbate tensions in the area of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem, which Israel has seized.
Jews have been “waiting” for the restoration of the temple for two millennia, according to chorister Shmuel Kam.

The Orthodox Jewish group asserts that its members are decedents of the biblical Tribe of Levi, who sang hymns and other music at the sacred location.
“We shall ask the Levites to come sing when the temple is built, but they won’t know. Menahem Rosenthal, director of the men’s chorus that the Temple Institute started a few months ago, stressed that they must learn.
The institute was established in 1987 with the purpose of rebuilding the temple. It also creates items for use in religious rituals and trains choirs and clergy.
The Temple Institute has created all the items deemed required for Jewish rites in accordance with rabbinical guidelines, while apprentice choristers travel from all across Israel to study the collection of ancient hymns.
These include baking, clerical garb

The vast, vegetated compound in the center of Jerusalem’s Old City is where the faithful have their eyes set.
The complex has hosted Al-Aqsa mosque, the third most important site in Islam, for millennia. Jews refer to it as Temple Mount and respect it as their holiest location.
The former site of worship, which was destroyed during the Roman era in 70 AD, is remembered by those who want to reconstruct the temple.
Jewish legend holds that Nebuchadnezzar II, the monarch at the time, destroyed the first temple at this site in 586 BC.
An supporter for the third temple who is 50 years old says that “you can say whatever you want (about the Muslim presence), but this was the place for Jews.

Jewish temple at Al-Aqsa
Jewish temple at Al-Aqsa

It’s “only a matter of time” before Jews may worship at the new temple, he said.
Berkovits is a member of Boneh Israel (“Building Israel”), an organization dedicated to “bringing the redemption closer,” according to its website.

Boneh Israel acquired five red cows from the United States last year to speed their awaited salvation.
Before ascending to the third temple, anyone judged impure, such as those who have had touch with a corpse, shall be brushed with a solution made by blending the ashes from their sacrifice with water. The importance of the rare cows lies in the fact that Israeli rabbinical authorities oppose Jewish pilgrimages to the Temple Mount in part because they cannot carry out this ritual.
At a farm in northern Israel where the animals are scrutinized by veterinarians and rabbis to guarantee that every hair is red, Berkovits asserted that their “return is a messianic sign”.
We treat them well and reserve them for the right time.

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In order to burn the animals facing the Temple Mount, Berkovits said that Boneh Israel had previously acquired land on the Mount of Olives in east Jerusalem.
These “lovers of the third temple” are not in the least bit fringe, according to Yizhar Beer, director of the Keshev Centre for the Protection of Democracy in Israel.
Their worldview has “spread to the center of the political level – to the parliament, to the government” from a small group of supporters two decades ago, according to Beer.
Since December, Benjamin Netanyahu has served as prime minister alongside far-right officials who support establishing Israeli control over the Al-Aqsa mosque complex.
The Waqf Islamic Affairs Council of Jordan, whose troops were driven out of east Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War, is in charge of running the site.

According to a nationalist Israeli movement that uses the site’s Hebrew name, Har Habait, some 50,000 Jews defied the prohibition of leading rabbis and “ascended to Temple Mount” last year.
Among the Jewish tourists is the fiery lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir, who has made two trips this year since being appointed Israel’s minister of national security.
In recent months, the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites has been under pressure from the United Nations, the United States, and the European Union.
Palestinians condemn Jewish visits to the holy compound, where only Muslims are allowed to pray, calling them a “threat” and an attempt to “Judaise” the location.

Jewish temple at Al-Aqsaa
Jewish temple at Al-Aqsa

Any Jewish visit to the compound, according to Beer, has the potential to explode into “an atomic bomb” as it is a site of ongoing friction between Israel and the Palestinians.
This is a nuclear plant, so an explosion there blows up everything, so it’s a combination of politics and religion,” he remarked.
East Jerusalem is regarded by the world community as occupied Palestinian land and has never been recognized by Israel as Israeli territory.
The Temple Institute’s chief of communications, Yitzchak Reuven, claims that the Palestinians, who utilize it for nationalistic purposes, are the ones who “stoke the controversy.

What would happen to the Al-Aqsa mosque was not specified by Reuven, which was a striking exception to the otherwise comprehensive plans by entities dedicated to the third temple.
Such organizations do, however, claim that the mosque compound is the only place where the sacred Jewish site may be built.
God chose that location, Reuven remarked. It’s a dream, but Jews coming to Israel was first a dream before it was realized.


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