If that project chafed, just wait until they hear about the synagogue. The building is sponsored by the Kotel Rabbi, Shmuel Rabinovich, but it is located in the Muslim Quarter. Barak's office commented,
"the defense minister does not have to apologize for taking part in a ceremony welcoming a new Scroll of the Torah at a synagogue which has existed since 1867."No, he certainly does not need to apologize. No Jew should ever apologize for dedicating a synagogue, or rejoicing when a Sefer Torah finds a home in one, especially in Jerusalem. Considering the events depicted in the photos posted on this blog, the simcha is tripled in my opinion.
For his part, Barak said:
"We are now several days after Tisha B'Av and remember very well why the First Temple was ruined and why the Second Temple was ruined, also because of unfounded hatred.And sisters Ehud, don't forget the sisters. Whether the men want to be able to hear the women praying or not, it is they who confer the covenant to the next generation...it's a matrilineal system, remember? But you're right, the land is back in our hands, and the security of our people depends on remembering what that means. Frankly, I'm impressed he even said that. Perhaps he's starting to see reality. I'm not holding my breath, but...
"We should implement the lessons of those days at that time. We bear the responsibility in our country and for the State of Israel's security and for the security of Jews' lives anywhere in the world and we must always remember that despite all the disagreements between us, we are all brothers. We have the land, the security and the knowledge that we are brothers."
So, do you think the Marack Show will have the chutzpah to condemn this? Will George Mitchell pop a blood vessel? Will Hillary Clinton have a spaz?
Oh, I hope so.