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    • David
    • 01.12.09 | 03:37 (IST)

    This was, by all accounts, the premier, that is to say the main and most important, synagogue in the Land of Israel prior to 1948. So, therefore, let's of course turn it into a temple of Zionist glory. After all, isn't that why "we" rebuilt it in the first place? There are thousands of synagogues all over Israel where blue-and-white kippah-wearing congregants can practice religious Zionism all they want. Hello: This was ALWAYS a Haredi synagogue. G-d willing it will always be so. Turning this historic Haredi treasure into some mere Zionist tourist enterprise would be like Haredi Jews turning the Knesset into a Haredi shul. Sure, people want to view it. Let them -- dressed respectfully to all religious viewpoints, just like at the Wall. Sure, the government rebuilt it. Kol HaKavod. All Jews should share in it, but let's not turn it into something it is not and never was. Let's honor it for what it was, is, and G-d willing will ever be again!

    from the article: If the Vilna Gaon was right, the 3rd Temple is on its way
    First published 01:45 30.11.09 | Last updated 09:13 30.11.09
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