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Revisiting the King in the Field: Field of Dreams, or Field of Blood?


AS WE HAVE LEARNED, Jewish tradition emphasizes that the month of Elul is a time of Divine mercy which is particularly conducive to prayer and repentance, as part of the preparatory process for entering into the awesome judgment of Rosh HaShana and the cleansing power of the Day of Atonement. In the words of our sages, "The King is in the Field;" the Holy One, blessed be He, makes Himself especially close at hand. For Jews, the month of Elul is marked by critical, scouring soul-searching; an extreme reality check that forces us, through prayer, introspection and serious character examination, to a highly rarified level of sobriety and personal honesty. Throughout Israel’s exile among the nations, even the Gentiles were intensely aware of the Hebrew calendar and knew beyond a doubt when Elul would fall out... they were able to sense a palpable, visible change in their Jewish neighbors.

AND ON THE DEEPEST LEVEL, the playing field of life, where each and every human being is truly called upon to refine and redefine his relationship with the King, is none other than "the field which the L-rd has blessed" (Gen. 27:27) – Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount, location of the Holy Temple. This is the center of creation, the place of the Trees of Life and Knowledge. It is truly the "field of dreams," for it is the place where the Creator’s dreams for men will come true: "For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." (Isaiah 56:7)

THIS YEAR, THE HEBREW MONTH OF ELUL coincides with the Muslim month of Ramadan. According to information available at Ramadan On Line:

"Muslims believe that it was during the Islamic month of Ramadan that the Prophet Muhammad received the Holy Quran. More than 1 billion Muslims around the world celebrate the month of Ramadan, a time for Muslims to concentrate on their faith, and to focus on spiritual purification of their souls through fasting, prayer and self-sacrifice. This holy month of fasting is a month-long struggle towards a higher spiritual state."


The entrance to the Al Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount.


IN THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES (7:14), King Solomon states that "G-d made this opposite that." Our sages understand this to be a reference to the spiritual struggle between opposing sizes of good and evil that is constantly being waged in this world. There is a side of purity, and a countering force set opposite. Elul and Ramadan are playing out in the same field. Thus during this month of Elul/Ramadan, while Jews are prevented by the Israeli police - out of fear of enraging Muslim "sensibilities" - from as much as moving their lips in prayer on the Temple Mount, Muslims on the Temple Mount have a different definition of spiritual progress. The pious can be seen in these new photos "struggling towards a higher spiritual state" by calling for jihad against the Jews and inciting against Israel. Their banners on the holy Temple Mount celebrate the bloodthirsty Hamas and its leaders, as well as the arch-supporter of terror, incendiary Islamic Movement leader Raad Salah.



Elul and Ramadan. Field of Dreams, or Field of Blood?

IN THE MEANTIME, plans for the proposed Islamic center and mosque near the ground zero site in New York City are progressing, and more and more New Yorkers are beginning to identify with the reality that has been long recognized by Israelis. But President Barak Hussein Obama, in his official Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan (The White House), said that this is a time

"when Muslims provide support to others to advance opportunity and prosperity for people everywhere. For all of us must remember that the world we want to build - and the changes that we want to make - must begin in our own hearts, and our own communities... These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings. Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality."

These photographs are indeed testimony to a Ramadan celebration of "tolerance and the dignity of all human beings" on the Temple Mount.



Purveyors of Human Dignity Speak for Themselves

Raed Salah, head of the Northern Wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, (appears top left in Al Aksa banner): "Exactly 100 years have passed since Theodor Herzl, along with the Donma Jews, tricked and schemed against the Ottoman Islamic caliphate in Turkey... A century has passed, and now the situation is changing and the schemes are being exposed. We are at the point of standing up to the schemers, demanding to settle accounts with them, and punishing them." (Quoted by Memri.)


Abu Tir, Senior Hamas operative in Jerusalem, (appears second from bottom left in Al Aksa banner): "Abu Tir has spent twenty-five years in and out of Israeli prisons and has served as a leader of the Ezzedeen Al Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ armed wing, and was involved in attempts to poison Israeli water supplies. According to a report by the Washington Institute, Abu Tir admitted during an interrogation by Israeli security forces that Hamas had “reached a high level in producing chemical substances which could cause mass murder if put into the drinking water or swimming pools.”" (From an interview with journalist Shmuel Sokol.)

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