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Feb 26, 2014

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I turn to MK Feiglin  - why stop at Har Habayit? If you are the new Messiah of our time period, what about the Covenant of the Divided Parts (bris bein habsarim)? What about the tribes of Reuven, Gad, and half of Menashe? Why leave them on the side?

  -- MK Eitan Cabel (Labor), responded to Feiglin's calls in the Knesset session for Israel exercising its authority on Har Habayit to allow Jews to pray there.

I am not really sure what Cabel is saying, though usually he is intelligent. Feiglin didn't call himself the Messiah - but even if he did, what does that have to do with the bris bein habsarim or the 2.5 tribes that lived in the Golan Heights?

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  1. Perhaps the idea that MK Cabel is trying to express is something like this: The original Zionist idea was to establish a state in the land of Israel in which Jews would be a majority, and any Jew from anywhere in the world could find live and seek refuge. By stating that our hold on this country is predicated on Jewish sovereignty on Har HaBayt ("“Without the Mount, we have no home in Tel Aviv, or Haifa or anywhere else.”), Feiglin is replacing the original Zionist idea with the proposition that the legitimacy of the State of Israel is based on control over Har HaBayit - from here, a short step to the idea that we should, now, build the Third Temple. I think it could be fairly argued that this is more of a Messianic than a practical Zionistic program,

    Once we are dealing with a Messianic rather than a practical program, and once we are concerned with purely religious ideas of sovereignty rather than the original, and more practical, idea of establishing a state with a Jewish majority under Jewish control, why should we not, then, extend this program towards reestablishing the original, Biblical borders of Israel, including the area on the other side of the Jordan? After all, if our considerations are purely religious, without any regard to the diplomatic damage and possible military consequences our actions might lead to, why limit ourselves to declaring Jewish sovereignty on Har HaBeyt?

  2. is that where Avraham is promised the land up to the Euphrates?


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