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      From the Hills of Ephraim
      by Yisrael Medad
      My blog from the heart of the heartland of the Jewish People in Eretz-Yisrael with thoughts, observations and ideas.

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      I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970.  I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh.  I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.

      Cheshvan 23, 5774, 10/27/2013

      Aliza Lavie in the Land of the Waqf


      Yesh Atid (Hebrew for There's A Future) may have its future in turbulence.

      As we all read here,

      MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid), announced to the Knesset today (Thursday) that at last night’s meeting of the Committee on the Status of Women, during a discussion of the ritual baths in Israel, it was decided that an ancient mikve near the Temple Mount would be restored for use so that women could ascend the Temple Mount in ritual purity.

      That would appear to me a very good news.

      However, there is a problem.

      They are going up against the Muslim Waqf.

      The suggestion that a Second Temple period mikveh be restored for use by women ascending to the Temple Mount by MK Lavie is stirring things up:

          According to Al - Aqsa Foundation in a statement Sunday...MK Aliza Lavie from the party "Yesh Atid", which is led by Yair Lapid "- seeks to transform one Islamic sites of archaeological historical, located next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for bathing and sanitizing to serve religious Jewish women who are venturing into the Al-Aqsa mosque, is considered...as a blatant assault on Aqsa mosque and its affiliates, and on the ancient Islamic monuments

          and the Judaization of the vicinity of Al -Aqsa mosque.  ...according to press sources, the MK promised during the meeting held recently in the Knesset, to work on the restoration...at the request of the organization "Women for Temple", within her authority as head of the Commission on the progress of women in the Israeli Knesset , and in addition to being the Chairperson of the Committee for archaeology...

      To bounce around between Yair Lapid, Anat Hoffman and the Women of the Wall (WOWers) and Einat Ziv and the Women of the Mikdash is tough.

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