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Sunday, November 02, 2003

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

Tomorrow, with God's help, and perhaps (general strike of the airport authority notwithstanding) in solidarity ("Wherever we Stand we Stand with Fleishers") with the Aliya our holy friends Yishai and Malka, my wife and I will ascend Har HaBayit - the Temple Mount.

It is the the apex of the universe. The foundation stone of the tangible world and the seam-line between us and the Infinite. We have consulted (and will be accompanied by) the head of the Machon HaMikdash - the Temple Institute - with regard to all the halachic preperations men and women must undergo before their ascent and today we are spiritually prepping ourselves for the visit.

I really don't know what to expect. Our eyes are often able to view the infinite through the lens of beauty, but, like Rabbi Akiva, we know we will see foxes and wakf hooligans doing everything they can to keep us Jews away from the great spiritual electric outlet that is our Holy Mountain.

V'techezena Eineinu B'Shuvcha l"Tzion b'rachamim - May our eyes behold Your return to Zion in Loving mercy. We say that three times a day - and the words are quite clear - we are not asking God to return to Zion quickly while our living eyes can still behold it. No, no. We are asking God to allow our EYES the special vision of being able to see that He is already here. God eyes. Eyes of the coming world, as Reb Shlomo Carlebach always put it.

There is a great illusion standing there upon our Holy Mountain. It screams out - THIS IS THE WORLD WITHOUT YOUR HOLY TEMPLE!

But the great secret is that our eyes can behold - if we look from the right PLACE - a place of treading on the Holy Ground at such a critical time when so many in our community who LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE to visit the Kotel, who LOOOOOOOOOVE getting close to holy things - shield their eyes from.

Ze HaYom Assa HaShem. Today is the day. It is like no other. Who knows what will be tomorrow. Why are people not flying in from America to tread on this Holy Holy Ground that Avraham Yitzchak and Yaakov, the Rambam and so many others waited their whole lives to set foot on.

Zeh HaYom!

I am very excited. Thank You, God.


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