I just returned from Israel with an extremely committed group of BFA Ambassadors who have been on a special mission. We scheduled this special tour a year ago with no idea how significant and timely it would be. This morning we spent extended time on the deserted Temple Mount reading, reflecting and praying.
Is it a coincidence that President Trump declared Sunday March 15th, the day we ascended the Temple Mount, a National Day of Prayer? We don’t think so.
“It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer,” We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these. No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!”
And who may stand in His holy place?
For the last few years I have been puzzled by the police’s practice of persistently prohibiting prayer on the Temple Mount, even though the Israeli courts have ruled that it is legal for pilgrims to offer prayer up there.
Last year  at the time of Shavuot/Pentecost I traveled to Israel to experience, up close and personal, the answer to the question posed in Psalm 24: “Who may ascend?” And for an entire year, I have watched events on the Temple Mount deteriorate from unreasonable to absurd.
Yehudah Glick Ascends to a Seat in the Israeli Government!
I thank Him for all He has done for me until today.”
“I am exiting from here. I do not know when I will return. Whatever I will do I pray to remember that it all begins from here, and from Shalom which this place symbolizes, Shalom which is His name. All I will do shall be for the sake of His land His people. The roots of it all is Jerusalem, city of Shalom. I hope to contribute to the world more light, good blessing, prosperity, and shalom.
This place is the origin of the light and prosperity of the world. Leaving here in the true Name of God, praying that in His name I will have success. I thank Him for all He has done for me until today. This is the origin of my power. Thank you all.” (Translated by MK Rabbi Yehudah Glick)
Irony: a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one would expect.
I find it ironic that, after fighting to gain control of the city of Jerusalem, Moshe Dayan, former defense minister of Israel, gave religious oversight of the Temple Mount to the Islamic authorities—including the right to declare who may pray on that holy site.
According to Israeli law, the Temple Mount is under Israeli sovereignty. Therefore, I also find it ironic that, despite countless acts of aggression and violence against peaceful non-Muslim visitors to the Mount, the present Israeli government remains committed to maintaining the “status quo” of that arrangement.
Now, the present defense minister, Moshe Ya’alon, has left the Knesset, making way for Rabbi Yehudah Glick to fill his vacated seat. Rabbi Glick is the founder of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation. He has committed his life—literally—to bringing religious freedom back to the Mount. But this unexpected turn of events heightens the irony of the situation since Rabbi Glick, as a member of the Knesset, is now banned from entering the very place he is trying to open up for people of all faiths. The day before he was sworn in to his new government seat he made one final visit to the Temple Mount . . . for now . . . and gave a stirring message.
After a devastating and illegal excavation on the Temple Mount, for the first time in history, archaeological artifacts from the Temple Mount itself are being uncovered, and you have the chance to be part of it!
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