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“Har HaBayit is in our hands” or is it?

In 1948 the State of Israel come into being. After being attacked by many of its new neighbours the city of Jerusalem was not shalem – whole.If one wanted to see the old city it was from afar. It took another 19 years for the dream to come true and for the people to hear from Motta Gur z”l “Har HaBayit is in our hands,the Temple Mount is in our hands”. Rabbi Goren z”l blew the shofar at the Kotel (Western Wall), Jews started flocking to pray there for the first time for many of them. Since then we have been able to go and pray as free people at the Western Wall, however is Har HaBayit in our hands?
At the end of the six day war all of the Temple Mount was in our hands. Not for long as control was handed over to the Wakf. Why we might ask. Maybe will still are not worthy of it. In 1948 we did not merit the whole of Jerusalem being returned to us and the same for 1967.
No one denies that there were miracles done on our behalf during both these and other wars Israel has fought over the past 60 odd years but we have to remember where they came from – G-d. It is through Hashem’s goodness towards us that we have been able to reclaim first a big chunk of our land and then managing to add more as time goes by. It might take a while but we will get there.
“If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.”

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The day before Israels Independence Day

Last week we celebrated Independence Day in Israel. On Independence Day everyone has a day off and the barbecue’s are brought out. Everyone is a jovial mood. However only hours before the country was in a state of mourning with flags being flown at half mast. Ceremonies were held all over the country to remember the thousands of fallen soldiers, police, terror victims and others who have paid the ultimate price for the honour of Israel.
Why was Remembrance Day with all its sadness set to be the day before Independence Day with all of its celebrations?
If we look back at the story of Passover and the people of Israel whilst in Egypt. The “70” people who went down to Egypt multiplied and became a burden on the Egyptian people. They (the Egyptians) forgot very quickly that it was because of Joseph that they had become wealthier than any other nation around.They enslaved the Jewish people and for around 85 years the Children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob suffered as their workload was increased.
After G_d heard their plea and that they cried out to Him, He started the process to take them out of Egypt. Moses and the 10 plagues followed and shortly after they were out of Egypt and standing at Mount Sinai. After receiving the Torah and wandering in the desert for 40 years they entered the land of Milk and Honey.
How does this apply to the question posed before?
If we would have come out of Egypt without the miracles we witnessed and gone straight into the promised land, everything would have been given to us on a platter. We had to experience the Hand of G_d in our being taken out of Egypt and heard the voice of G_d at Sinai to strengthen us in our building as a nation. Without these we would not have been able to get into the land and take in all its goodness.
To an extent it is the same with Independence day, only after having gone through the suffering of Remembrance Day can we reflect and really appreciate the value and meaning of being able have our barbecue and fly our own flag over our own independent State of Israel.