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Blowing the trumpet inside Al-Aqsa: A foundation towards the establishment of the Temple

Jerusalem24 – The alleged “temple groups and organizations” called on their supporters amongst the settlers to intensify their storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish holidays, which will take place on separate days until September 27th.

The “Temple Groups” is a conglomerate of a number of Jewish national and religious organizations and movements that target the city of Jerusalem, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque. They seek to establish the alleged “Solomon’s Temple” in its place.

The settlers, headed by Rabbi Yehuda Glick, plan to perform individual prayers and carry out what is known as an “epic prostration” inside Al-Aqsa, in addition to “blowing the trumpet” from inside the mosque’s courtyards. Knowing that they submitted an official request to the Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett, with the aim of allowing them to blow a trumpet inside Al-Aqsa and hold festive ceremonies during their holidays.

Why do these groups seek to “blow a trumpet” from inside the courtyards of Al-Aqsa?

A researcher specializing in the affairs of Jerusalem, Ziyad Abhis, says that the temple groups are adopting a new strategy to implement the temporal and spatial division scheme. It is the establishment of the temple, both spiritually and devotionally, in preparation for its physical construction. Based on this approach, they want to impose all the acts of worship that are supposed to be performed in the temple, inside the courtyards of Al-Aqsa in its current condition until the temple is established in its place and over its entire area.

The Temple Society moved to its moral foundation as a first step, as the temporal division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque collided with what was known in the media as the 2015 Intifada, then the 2017 protests of the Lions’ Gate.

As for the spatial division that aspired to engulf the door of Mercy chapel and its surroundings on the eastern side of the Al-Aqsa Mosque that collided with the Gate of Mercy events in 2019.

Events that pushed these settlement groups, and in light of an Arab absence and American support, to move forward and establish ritualistic worship in the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa before starting the establishment of the Temple.

Based on this strategy, these groups began to carry out individual prayers, then public prayers, and now what is known as “epic prostration.”

In order to move forward in this scheme, these groups must establish 3 phases:

“Blowing the trumpet” on the Feast of the Hebrew New Year or Yom Kippur.

The introduction of vegetable offerings in the first week of October.

Introducing an animal sacrifice to the courtyards of Al-Aqsa at the earliest opportunity on the Jewish Passover.

What is blowing the trumpet “shofar”?

The Jews begin their celebration of the New Year by performing prayers and then blowing the shofar, a type of trumpet made from the horn of a ram or reindeer. According to Jewish scripture, this symbolizes the story of the Prophet Abraham and the redemption of his son Isaac.

The blowing of the shofar is restricted to very important occasions, in the morning prayer during the month preceding the Feast of the Hebrew New Year, on the day of the feast itself; and at the conclusion of Yom Kippur.

It was used in the past to invite people to war, or to sow fear in the ranks of the enemy.

The temporal and spatial division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque:

Temporal division: It means dividing the hours, days of the week, and the year between Muslims and settlers. The settlers have special days inside Al-Aqsa during their holidays, and their own times throughout the week.

Spatial division: Confiscation of a number of Al-Aqsa Mosque chapels, converting them into synagogues to perform their Talmudic prayers, and carving out areas for settlers, prohibiting Palestinians from being there, similar to what happened and is still happening in the Abrahamic Mosque in Hebron.

Abhis mentioned that by 2003, extremist Jews had begun storming Al-Aqsa Mosque through a judicial decision, and since then they have started counting on gradual progress. Hence, they started with individual and then collective incursions in 2006. Now the situation has come to performing public Talmudic prayers in the mosque’s courtyards during the course of the incursions.

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