Mourning the Holy Temple

  • The Jews have been mourning 2,000 years for the destruction of their temple in Jerusalem. 
  • Christians and Jews were once opponents each claiming to be the true way of the Torah.  It is possible that they are both the true ways.
  • Today truth is becoming more important than religion. Only truth can unite the world. 

Two Jewish woman both millionaires and billionaires have donated 122 million Euro for the restoration of Notre Dame.

One is the widow of the Sephardic banker Safra bank of Geneve and Brazil.  Her husband Edmond Safra was killed in a strange fire in their home in Monaco in 1999.  She has pledged 20 million from her estate.  The other Jewish woman is the wife of the billionaire Morris Betanker from the cosmetic company Loriel.  Forbes estimates their estate to be as much as $50 billion.

Many Jews show concern for the burning of this Cathedral.  The Jews have been mourning 2,000 years for the destruction of their temple in Jerusalem.  The holiday of Passover which will be celebrated tonight commemorates the day of the sacrifice of the Pascal Lamb.  The holiday emphasizes the meaning of true freedom.

The holiday Easter is in memory of the crucification of Jesus on the day of the holiday of Passover.  Christians and Jews were once opponents each claiming to be the true way of the Torah.  It is possible that they are both the true ways. Just like God is unlimited it is impossible to limit God through one religion.  The proof of this is that Moses broke the first tablets where were inscribed the Ten Commandments when he saw the Golden Calf.  He substituted these tablets for a new law which became the Law of Moses and Israel the constitution of the biblical nation of Israel. Christians claim that there way is the way of the first tablets.

To have a difference of opinion is permitted.  Hatred is forbidden. It says in the Ethics of the Fathers, the competition between the sages adds to them wisdom.  There is competition between religions over the honor of God.

Moses did not lie.  However sometimes the truth needs to be hidden. Most people are not looking for truth.  They are satisfied with their religion and accept it with simple faith. Today truth is becoming more important than religion. Only truth can unite the world.  Truth and peace are interwoven.  Even though man and woman are different, they were created to be united in marriage.  Through the unity of male and female is born the son and daughter.  There are two sides of truth which when are united is born the son of God.

The Notre Dame like the Holy Temple of Jerusalem went up in flames.  Both are beautiful structures. The temple in the heart of man is an eternal temple; it has no beginning or end.  The life of man is temporary.  Man was created from the dust and returns to dust. Life is a gift from God to cherish and build from it an eternal share in the afterlife.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.
http://www.worldunitypeace.org

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