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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Har HaBayit (The Temple Mount)

We went, and it was SOOOOO COOOOL!!

Moshe and I have been talking about going up to Har HaBayit for months. Both of us are proficient procrastinators. So, for one reason or another, we never went.

When Moshe suggested going up for Birkat HaChammah, I could tell he was serious.

I was not so into it, but he was really determined. When he found a group that was going, he told me that he would go alone if I did not want to join him. I would have left it at that, had the kids not wanted to go as well.

I am SO GLAD we went!!

The moment we entered the complex, I was moved almost to tears.

It was really amazing to be standing so close to where the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) stood!!

We walked to the southeast corner, where we could see the sun clearly, then we recited the bracha for Birkah HaChammah.

The Israeli police do not allow Jews pray on Har HaBayit (more about that another time). However, as our guide pointed out, they cannot control what goes on in our minds.

Then we turned the corner and walked north.

We walked around the entire perimeter of Har HaBayit.

If I had nothing else to do today, I would write several posts about our experience right now. But, we still have things to do before we leave for the week.

So, hopefully, I will find the time to write things down while they are still fresh in my mind.

Meanwhile, I want to wish you all a Chag Kasher V'Sameach! (Happy Holiday)

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


Melissa said...


The whole Blessing of the Sun sounds so beautiful.

I am glad that you went.

May you have a good Passover.


Sandi said...

I have been reading some of your blog and you seem incredibly strong and optimistic. You and your family are truly inspirational.

Anonymous said...


As long as you were there you should have done a Korban Pesach...


Batya said...

Sounds great. At least there was glorious birthday weather for the sun
here in Israel.

Karen said...

What a wonderful experience.
Happy holidays to you too.