“This time, we should draw upon the teachings of tolerance that lie at the heart of three great religions that see Jerusalem’s soil as sacred. This time, we should reach for what’s best within ourselves.” This wonderfully interesting statement was made to the United Nations in New York City last week by the President of the United States, regarding the so-called peace talks between the PA and the Israelis.
Really now. Three great religions that see Jerusalem’s soil as sacred. There is no doubt that the soil of Jerusalem is sacred to Jews – so sacred that for 2,000 years of exile, every holiday, every feast, every time they were expunged from their homes in pogroms, they stated L’Shana Haba’ah Birushalayim…Next Year in Jerusalem. No other people have ever longed so deeply, so earnestly for the soil their forefathers walked on like the Jews of the Diaspora.
Certainly, no Christian has ever longed to walk on that soil with the same fervor. True, almost all of us have a romantic desire to go to “the Holy Land” but most of us don’t know the difference between Jerusalem, the Mount of Beatitudes and Bethlehem. It’s all holy and therefore we want to go there so we can “walk where Jesus walked.” But the longing, the weeping, the suffering for that land is not inbreed into the spirit of a Christian as it is in that of a Jew. It isn’t the highest priority on our list of things to do but down on the list somewhere provided our ship comes in or our rich uncle dies or money rains down from heaven. Then we’ll go, but we don’t lie in bed at night praying that someday we’ll make it there.
As to the Muslims thinking it is holy? I doubt that. I know they think the Al-Aqsa Mosque is holy as well as the Dome of the Rock. But I don’t believe they think the rest of it is all that holy. If they did, why would they disgrace the land by the hatred they espouse for their Jewish cousins? Why would they dishonor the land by uprooting ancient Jewish cemeteries and using those stones in latrines, by burning prayer books and urinating in the holy places of Jews like they did at the tomb of Joseph in Shechem –modern day Nablus? Is this loving the land and making it sacred? In my opinion, it is defiling the land and planting seeds of hate and unrest.
While President Obama professes Christianity, he certainly has a leaning toward his Muslim family background and carries through with the campaign promise he made to always lean toward the Muslims in making decisions. So then, what is holy?
Do we have the capacity to make something holy through hatred and defilement as the Greeks did with the Holy Temple during their occupation of Jerusalem and Israel? Do we have the ability to make something holy by spreading the blood of innocent murder victims on it? Or does love, make something holy?
Its an honest question. Wouldn’t it be good if President Obama, in his rhetoric regarding the piece process stopped to think about holiness and learn just what it is that makes things – places – holy? Perhaps then he would better understand why no Jew can bear the thought of giving up one grain of sand, one ounce of land, one footstep of that which is holy and longed for and prayed for and wept for and finally reached and sanctified as Holy Unto the Lord, the Land of Israel, the City of Jerusalem. Let us pray for the Peace of Jerusalem – One Jerusalem, strong, united, sanctified and kept in tact as the Jewish City Holy unto God.