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Hurva: Ruin of Jerusalem

the wall fell down flat...they utterly destroyed all that was in the cityJoshua 6:20-21



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Thrice destroyed and thrice rebuilt, Hurva may be a symbol of Israel's intentions to build the Third Temple in Jerusalem. Hurva certainly looks like a step in that direction. The symbol doesn't end on the reconstruction event. "Hurva" ("h" like "ch" in "loch") means "ruin" in Hebrew. The road traced by the recent inauguration of this synagogue may lead to the destruction of the State of Israel if a Third Temple would be built on the site where Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock stand now. This claim is stronger than it seems at first sight. Both sites, Hurva and the Temple Mount, are strongly related.

The Temple Mount, especially the Western Wall, has been the religious center for Jews for a long time; from there redemption is expected. Not far from there, Hurva has been a center of political activism, having been at the center of Herzl's visit to Jerusalem, a recruitment ceremony for Ze'ev Jabotinsky's Jewish Legion, the honoring of pro-Zionist British High Commissioner Sir Herbert Samuel and other events. They complement each other.

Hurva's history is long. In the Second Century AD, a synagogue existed at the Hurva site. The first Hurva was destroyed during the Byzantine Era (this statement sounds like a joke in Hebrew "the first 'ruin' was destroyed"). Roughly in 1700 AD, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklov began building the second Hurva. In 1720, frustrated Muslim creditors set fire to the synagogue.

During the mid 19th Century, British and Austrian diplomats interceded at the Ottoman court, and obtained a permit for the construction of the Third Hurva. This temple was built mainly with funds from Sir Moses Montefiore and the Rothschilds and was inaugurated in 1864. It was the most impressive synagogue in Jerusalem until it was blown by the Jordanian Legion in the 1948 War.

After that, fear of disrupting the existing religious equilibrium, known in Israel simply as the "status quo," kept Hurva in ruins. However, an agreement was achieved some time ago and the Fourth Hurva was inaugurated on March 14, 2010. Thrice destroyed and thrice rebuilt, Hurva is a symbol of the indefatigable conspirators' tenacity. Is the Temple Mount next?

If that's the hidden agenda of Netanyahu, how would it be accomplished? Does he believe Israel has any chance against a coherent attack by the Arab countries? Israeli leaders are indefatigable conspirators; Rabin said so before he was assassinated with the substantial help of the Shin Beth (this last point was admitted in the Israeli court). The only probable scenario under the actual circumstances would be hiding the attack on the mosques under some kind of false flag event. The handiest option would be the collapse of the Western Wall (the mosques are atop it) due to the work of water. In recent years the Hebrew media reported time and again that the Western Wall was swelling and deforming due to rain water trapped under the mosques. In 1996, Netanyahu and Ehud Olmert, then Jerusalem's mayor, opened an exit in the Arab Quarter for the Western Wall Tunnel. The event was followed by three days of rioting by Palestinians. Thus the antecedent of works under the mosques by Israel exists and is well documented.

However, even if the Western Wall collapses due to natural reasons (and a little hidden help from the IDF engineering corps) and brings down the mosques, does Israel think anything but a mosque would be build once the site is stabilized? Yet, I fear the Israeli leadership is considering giving a try to this scenario; they personally profit from wars, and this event would bring a good one.

The symbolism of Hurva doesn't end here. The fact that a Jewish physical temple is called "ruin" is very significant. There are many texts in the Bible pointing out that the true temples of a Living God are His living believers. The true temples of God are our souls and bodies, and not cold, empty structures in ruins.

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

Moreover, Apostle Paul clearly differentiates between the Spiritual and Terrestrial Jerusalems:

Galatians 4 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Earthly Jerusalem symbolizes a Broken Covenant; after two thousand years, it is time for the Jews to accept that.

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