Waking up to photos of riots and fires burning on the Temple Mount hours before Rosh Hashanna, the start of Jewish New Year 5776, was depressing.
A friend was at the Western Wall and posted a photo on Facebook.
The scene down below the rioting Muslims, the opposite, and much more in spirit of the day.
Jewish men gathered before sunrise to pray. They heard “commotion,” but did not know what was happening.
Prayer services for peace and a good year were protected from rioters’ stones and fire bombs.
I got permission to share his beautiful photo, a scene so different than the ones in media.
Praying for a peaceful, healthy and good year.
Shana tova to all.
Updated after Rosh Hashanna holiday in Israel:
I must add a comment after seeing media reports like CNN, which ignored the firebombs and stones prepared to lob on these Jewish worshipers. See how CNN made an escalation in incitement from Arab world seemed “balanced.”
The al-Aqsa complex is one of the holiest sites in the world for Muslims, who call it al-Haram al-Sharif, which means the Noble Sanctuary.
But it is also the holiest site in the world for Jews, who call it the Temple Mount, and many Muslims see Jewish prayers in the complex as a provocation.
Dear CNN: al-Aqsa Mosque is not the Temple Mount. Jews do not want to pray in a mosque. Visitors to the Western Wall, of all faiths, do not want to be hit by stones or firebombs.