On the eve of the 2013 Passover Season, the police detectives in Jerusalem were monitoring the activities of Noam Federman, a well known Jewish activist who yearly has been seeking the legal rights to prepare the halakhically prescribed biblical ritual of sacrificing the Passover lamb or goat on Passover on or near the Temple Mount. So on Monday afternoon, the eve of Passover, the vehicle of Noam Federman was seen and stopped for investigation. Inside he was transporting a sacrificial goat halakhically prepared according to the commands of the Torah.
There Noam Federman was arrested at the Dung Gate nearby to the Temple Mount. As he arrived with his children along with the goat that he was preparing to sacrifice near the Temple Mount as the Korban Pesach, he was apprehended by the police. After a scuffle, Federman was arrested and taken to the police station nearby in a Jerusalem police squad car.
After his investigation, Federman was released with his children, aged 12, 10 and seven-years-old, that accompanied him to the holy site. For one week, the Jerusalem Police banned Federman from going near the Old City in Jerusalem. According to the response by Federman, we read:
Noam Federman – “We demand to offer the Passover sacrifice, one of the most important commandments. The Jewish police are harming the freedom of religion. It’s a disgrace that the police prevent Jews from keeping the Passover sacrifice mitzvah.”
As Federman later stated in this Pesach Festival drama, the Jerusalem detectives came and claimed he was violating a court order. When he asked what court order was he violating they responded to him; “you’ll see it at the police station.” As it turned out, a court order did not exist, yet he was detained for they admitted that questioning him in from of all the public would have disturbed the peace.
According to separate reports, the police admitted that they were planning on taking the young goat to the Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarters and there it would create a provocation. In the meantime, a group of girls were also stated to have been making their way to the Mount with a third goat. At the time Federman’s goat was confiscated, his response was that later he would demand that he be given back his own goat from his farm for as he admitted, “I chose the best goat of the Alpine species.”
Meanwhile why Federman was being investigated by the police, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, director of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem was arrested as he entered the Jaffa Gate. Earlier in the week on March 24, he sought to obtain a permit to officially perform an actually Pesach sacrifice on the Temple Mount. It was denied.
In protest Glick, director of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, plus many of his members then decided to lead a procession along with a goat, and then hold a prayer service and perform a “mock Pesach sacrifice” without the goat, in the courtyard of the Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
On March 29, Glick plus his two daughters and a goat were stopped at the Jaffa Gate as they were entering the Old City of David. They were taken to the Kishle Police Station just inside the Joffa Gate. There also, Glick was apprehended for three hours, his goat confiscated and he barely made it back to his home at Othniel for the evening Seder. In the meantime, his goat was taken to the Wildlife Supervision Department and there slaughtered by the orders of the Israeli Agricultural Minister.
At the same time others Temple Mount activists were assembling near the promenade next to the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. There at 1:30 p.m. they also had their goats and lambs where they were prepared to sacrifice outside the walls of the Temple Mount. There they waited for Noam Federman and when he arrived they were to advance and move towards the Temple where they were preparing to set up a “minimal kosher altar”.
They were fully aware that the chance of their achieving this goal was slim, for they had been doing this for years. Now the police are waiting for them, blocking their movements by force and even arresting some of them, charging them with warrants of unauthorized transport of animals and cruelty to animals.
Earlier on Thursday, March 21, various Jewish groups were participants in a “mock Passover sacrifice” that was held on the Mount of Olives opposite of the Kidron Valley from the Temple Mount overlooking Jerusalem. According to their admission, this yearly enactment was not just for the public interest but was done in order to for the actual Leviim or the Cohanim who are actual literal descendants of the priestly tribe of Levi, would have the ability to practice and participate in the actual ritual of the Pesach lamb so that they would be prepared after the soon to be reconstruction of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem is completed.
Today, the Leviim are Jews, that is observant Orthodox Jews in Judaism yet, they are still descendants of the Biblical tribe of Levi, whose forefathers were participants of the Temple services during the days of King Solomon’s Temple, Zerubabbel’s Temple, and later the expansion into King Herod’s Temple in the 1st century BCE and CE era.
To the shock of the Jewish Leviim, this year (2013) they were met with a surprising veto by Israel’s Veterinary Services who for the first time this year refused to authorize the event, as they had previously done for multiple years prior in honor of Passover. As Passover delegation accused the Veterinary Services:
Temple Mount Leviim and Passover activists – “After preventing us from fulfilling the mitzvah [commandment] of the Passover sacrifice in its proper place, in violation of the law and of a Supreme Court ruling, now the authorities are plotting to stop us from even learning about the way the mitzvah is to be performed. This stands in contrast to the approach to events surrounding the Muslim sacrifice holiday [Eid ul-Adha], during which thousands of sheep and cattle are sacrificed freely in Jerusalem and across the country.”
If the Temple Mount, under the sovereign control of the State of Israel, then this picture leads us to wonder, why are not Jews and Christians allowed to worship their also? Is it because the G-d of Israel does not want to mix the sacred with the profane? Yet the prophets are in unison proclaiming that that day of almost over.
What is little known in the Western World is the fact that both the Jews and Muslims both have Festivals of Sacrificing and the sacrificing of animals are yearly reenacted by Muslims in Jerusalem. The Islamic Feast of Sacrifice, the second most holy day in the Muslim Calendar, comes at the end of Ramadan and is to celebrate an event honored by both Jews and Muslim; the willingness of Abraham, the Patriarch to the Jews, and a Prophet to the Muslims, to sacrifice his son.
The difference is in outlook on these two people who are both descendants of Abraham; one through his son Isaac, the chosen one by the G-d of Israel and the other Ishmael, as the Islamic religion claims was not Isaac, but instead the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael when Abraham went to Mount Moriah to sacrifice. After prayers on the Temple Mount, the Muslims then slaughter thousands of sheep and goats in the surrounding regions and the meat is then distributed to the family, neighbors and those in poverty and in need.
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