Ending the Assault on History

Jews' connection to the Temple Mount is deep and inextricable, despite some Palestinians' attempts to deny it.

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It should not surprise anyone that they are now tryingto deny the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount. In fact, that assault onhistory is taking place not only in word but in deed: The Waqf, the Islamicauthority that oversees the mosques currently on the Mount, has beenreported by archaeologists to be systematically excavating and destroyingrelics on the Temple Mount, presumably in an attempt to obscure signs of itsJewish character.

But for reporters to join that effort, however good their intentions orsubtle their words, is beyond justification and beyond comprehension.Journalism, after all, is supposed to be about presenting objective truths,not abetting malevolent lies.

Jewish tradition teaches that the highest response to personal adversity isthe determination to better oneself, and that the highest response tonational adversity is a similar determination on a national scale.

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As we Jews regard the intensifying assault by our enemies on our history,and its widening acceptance by the larger world, we might do well to ponderwhether it may be a message to us that we have not been paying sufficientattention to that history ourselves.

Because our illustrious past, after all, contains not only a historicalaccount of the second and first Temple eras but of the very ground-zero ofthe Jewish people, God's revelation to us at Sinai. Might not ourdetermined reconnection to that event, our re-embrace of its mandate for ourpriorities and our lives, be the way to end the ongoing assault on ourhistory?

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