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    • Daniel Mark
    • 05.10.12 | 18:19 (IST)

    Greetings, As a regular Haaretz reader for over 20 years, i support the conditional rebuilding of the 3rd Temple. I made aliyah in 1994 and lived in Jerusalem for about 10 years. In 1999, after years of research, mystical study, volunteer work and interfaith dialogue, i put together a position paper about the rebuilding of the temple as a Place of Prayer for all people along with a University of Peace (also for all people) both in the heart of the Old City. In 2000, i shared this paper along with sketches and verses from the Bible as well as the Quran with a number of religous and political figures. As i hoped, the Grand Mufti and the P.A. were ready to approve the suggestions put forward. My booklet was even hand carried to Camp David. Many Jews (and Christians) are surprised to learn that Muslims also believe in a Messianic age. In fact, the Quran teaches that the Messiah will teach Muslims, Christians and Jews where each one has gone astray from the prophetic messages of peace, love and life that God gave to earth. Our collective stubborness and hypocrisy have kept us in anger, fear and/or darkness so far, but the Messiah will bring such great light that we will repent, forgive each other and learn how to live in peace. If you are interested, i would be happy to share this position paper with Haaretz and its diverse readership. I believe that a reasonable and compassionate discussion about this emotionally charged subject could defuse a potentially explosive situation. Haaretz could encourage such interactions and in the process, Haaretz really could connect people to a more enlightened age by presenting this subject in a positive, detailed and wholistic manner. If this is done in the right context, we can gain the support of both secular and religious Muslims, Christians and Jews. That would make it possible for us to see, within our short lifetimes, the building of a world class, high tech and historical edifice. More importantly this could be the beginning of a sustainable and cooperative peace. Respectfully, Daniel Mark inONEspirit@gmail.com

    from the article: Following the dream of a Third Temple in Jerusalem
    First published 15:59 04.10.12 | Last updated 15:59 04.10.12
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