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The Third Temple and the Israeli Supreme Court

MK Zevulun Orlev published a short article in the last issue of Olam Katan, a pamphlet that is distributed in synagogues on Shabbat, about the Third Temple. Orlev gave some details about how we can help bring about the building of the Third Temple, addressing educational, cultural, and legal aspects of the issue. My favorite part was his discussion of enacting a Basic Law that would prevent the intervention of the Israeli Supreme Court in the functioning of the Third Temple. The possibly problematic issues would be things like women’s rights, animal cruelty, etc.

There will also be a need to overcome the legal system.  In order to prevent the intervention of the Supreme Court there will be a need to enact a Basic Law “The Establishment of the Third Temple.” The law will give authority to the government to carry out the project, to recruit on its behalf the budget and the manpower that is required.  The law will also protect the project from claims of discrimination, inequality of women in the functioning of the Temple, and possibly also claims of cruelty to animals in the offering of the sacrifices. A Basic Law will also give an overall response to laws relating to planning and building, and the Antiquities Law, etc.

So much for someone who used to be seen as a moderate voice in Religious Zionism. (Hat tip Israel Channel 10.)

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4 Responses to “The Third Temple and the Israeli Supreme Court”

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    Harry Perkal:

    These people are realy scary crazy/. They live in their own little world.There is no way animal sacrifice will return to Judaism. I guess this is what happens when you really believe that Biblical and Rabbinic Judaism are the same. THe world chages and they live 2,000 years ago. Pathetic!

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    The world changed more in the past 50 years than in preceding 2000. Ideas come and go. To think thatrestoration of the Temple is impossible is ahistoric and myopic. May it speedily be restored!

  3. 3
    Harry Perkal:

    How is it ahistoric let alone myopic? Just saying so does not make it so. HIstory and cultures, and morality changes over time. Will the Greeks bring back ZEus and the other Gods? Will slavery make a comeback? How about human sacrifice? Animal sacrifice as a religious act is no longer possible- it is time to get over it.

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    Abul Bannat:

    The more disturbing issue is that Orlev – notwithstanding some ceremonious nods to democratic process – repudiates 80 years of Mizrachi commitment to the Zionist enterprise and its democratic institutions.




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