For those of us who were alive - albeit young- at the miraculous time of the liberation of the most vital regions of our eternal homeland in 1967 it is impossible to forget the holiness of the moment when we heard Mota Gur z"l proclaim, "The Temple Mount is in our hands!"
So what happened to our freedom of worship in the holiest of places? Why are Jews not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount and Arabs are allowed to dig, destroy, and even play soccer there?
I remember the feeling of disbelief following what was called the "waiting period", while our neighbors promised to destroy us and our country. I remember the enormous feeling of HaShem (G-d) reaching down and effecting a miracle that not only did we survive- we truly returned home. Home to united Jerusalem, Hevron, Shechem,our mother Rachel, Gush Etzion-,Yesha.
I remember the almost unreal feeling when first we went up to Jerusalem and the Western Wall. I also remember the filth, the buildings and garbage that the Arabs deliberately had there to defile our Holy site. I remember that amongst the huge crowd of people that I felt so small and so unimportant and yet so blessed to be a part of our return.
How can it be that a Jew is not allowed to pray on our Holy Site? How can innocents be arrested for praying on the Temple Mount? I have no answer to that except that it is up to us to continue to demand freedom of worship in our Land.
WE must be allowed freely to be able to go up to the Temple Mount, to the Wall, to Hevron, to Kever Rachel, to the Tomb of Yosef and to all of our historical sites that belong to the Jewish people for eternity.
I for one pray daily that HaShem blesses us with true leadership that honors HIS Name, protects our Torah, our Land and our people and that we may be deserving to serve HaShem the way we should.
Remember the chapter this past Shabbat- lech lecha- to the Land that is promised to our people forever more.