The right to pray is sacrosanct

You won’t see the bleeding left, especially those on Galus Australis and the feel-good New Israel Fundniks and the like upholding the inalienable democratic right of a person to pray. No, they will bleat and scream, while complaining that Moshe Feiglin (whose political views I have not studied in detail) is breaking Israeli Law and offending our peaceful Muslim brethren. What is his new sin? According to the Jerusalem Post

According to police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby, Feiglin, who is No. 23 on the joint Likud Beytenu list, prostrated himself in the plaza and tried to pray out loud. Praying aloud, going through ritual motions or using any type of traditional prayer objects such as tefillin, tallitot or prayer books, are forbidden for Jews at Judaism’s holiest site due to tensions with Muslim worshipers at the Aksa Mosque.

Or according to Ha’aretz (try and register and you will see you have an optional “country” called Palestinian Territories (occupied))

Police plan to recommend charging right-wing Likud politician Moshe Feiglin for obstructing them in the line of duty, inappropriate behavior in a public place and violating a legal order. Police detained Feiglin Tuesday for attempting to pray on the Temple Mount. “We expected that the closer the campaign got to Election Day, the more provocations we would see whose purpose is to influence the outcome of the election,” Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino said yesterday. “I have said and I say again: We have no intention of allowing anybody to disturb the peace or break the law.”

Ha’aretz conveniently forgot to mention that Feiglin goes there on the 19th of every month, as omitted by Commissioner Danino, quoted ad loc. As far as I am concerned, if a Muslim can pray there, then so can a Jew. There cannot be one law for the Muslim in Israel. If they can’t control themselves when they see a Jew davening on Har HaBayis, then they should take a bus to Mecca to the Kaaba instead. I am not making a statement regarding the Halachic issue of whether it is permitted or not to stand on Har Habayis. Most hold that it is forbidden, or delineate carefully where one can go. I assume Moshe Feiglin is following his Rabbinic Psak. Let them arrest him. I can’t think of a more stupid act, if they do. Oh, and for the bleeding green left, davening in this way also constitutes the ubiquitous neo-mantra of “Tikun Olam” especially B’Malchus Shadee”.

Author: pitputim

I'm a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia although my views have naught​ to do with my employer. I skylark as the band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel.

6 thoughts on “The right to pray is sacrosanct”

      1. I WAS BEING facetious.
        The point I was trying to make was the the left condemn Moshe for trying to pray at a holy jewish site because he should “respect” the rules of the people who “run” that place ( the temple mount) but are not prepared to accord the same respect to the rules of the Kotel ( i.e Anat Hoffman and Co).

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        1. Following up on the above can a woman put on a Tallis and pray (quietly) at the Kotel? According to strict Halachah this is acceptable behaviour she is permitted to make a brachah on the Tallis

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          1. Women can and do whatever they want at the Western Wall, but further south at the Davidson center under Robinson’s Arch and also at the Southern Wall. I have been there many times at Conservative and Reform ceremonies and they are free to do whatever they wish to. Anat Hoffman and co. aren’t looking for religious freedom; they have been explicit in stating that they want to bring down the Chareidi control of the Holy SItes. Hey, they don’t keep Kosher, Shabbos, etc. But with Tfillin, all of a sudden they remembered that they want to observe Mitzvot? It’s so transparent.

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