UPDATED JULY 28, 2014
The site of Ezekiel’s tomb in Iraq
For centuries Jews, Christians and Muslims came to Al-Kifl, a small town south of Baghdad, to visit the tomb of the Prophet Ezekiel and pray.
The distinctive Jewish character of the Al-Kifl shrine, namely the Hebrew inscriptions and the Torah Ark, never bothered the gentile worshipers. In the 14th century a minaret was built next to the shrine, but the interior design remained Jewish. The vast majority of Iraq’s Jewish community left some 60 years ago, but Shi’ites took good care of the holy site.
Recently “Ur,” a local Iraqi news agency, reported that a huge mosque will be built on top of the grave by Iraq’s Antiquities and Heritage Authority, while Hebrew inscriptions and ornaments are being removed from the site, all as part of renovations.
Prof. Shmuel Moreh of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, winner of the 1999 Israel Prize in Middle Eastern studies and chairman of the Association of Jewish Academics from Iraq, speaking to The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, confirmed the report.
“I first heard the news of tomb desecration from a friend of mine who is a German scholar. After visiting the site he called me and said that some Hebrew inscriptions on the grave were covered by plaster and that a mosque is planned to be built on top of the tomb. He told me that he found the changes at the tomb disturbing and warned me that I’d better act quickly, before any irreversible damage will be inflicted,” Moreh said.
He asked friends to check out the developments at the site. The most recent to visit the shrine said that some of the inscriptions are now hidden by a layer of plaster.
Iraqi press reports claim that the building must be destroyed because of its poor condition. However, Alfassa believes that Iraq’s Antiquities and Heritage Authority “has been pressured by Islamists to historically cleanse all evidence of a Jewish connection to Iraq – a land where Jews had lived for over a thousand years before the advent of Islam.”
According to the Baghdad-born Moreh, many of the Muslims who visit the tomb today are unaware Ezekiel was a Jew.
Iraq, the biblical Aram Naharaim, is rich in Jewish religious sites. Not only Ezekiel is buried there, but also Ezra, Daniel, Nehemiah, Nahum and Jonah
“Let’s hope that the Jewish sites will be spared, but someone must intervene before it’s too late,” Moreh warned.
This is all part of a bigger Problem
The Oslo Accords put Joseph’s grave under Israeli jurisdiction, but on Oct. 7, 2000, then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak ordered a unilateral retreat, based on a Palestinian agreement to protect the site. Israel thought they were doing this for the sake of peace.
Within hours, smoke was seen billowing from the tomb as a crowd burned Jewish prayer books and other articles. With pickaxes and hammers they began to tear apart the stone building. Two days later the dome of the tomb had been painted green and bulldozers were clearing the area.
Palestinians desecrate Burial site for Biblical patriarch Joseph.
Destroyed tomb of Biblical patriarch Joseph.
Minister Natan Sharansky wants the foreign ministry to publicize photos of the desecrated site, which is in the Palestinian Authority-controlled town of Nablus, the biblical Shechem.
“If we would have razed the gravesite of one of the founders of Islam, billions of Muslims would have taken to the streets,” Sharansky said. “It’s inconceivable that the world should not know about this travesty.”
In our parsha it is written “And I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, by the name of א”ל שד”י, but by my name יהו”ה I was not known to them.” (Exudus 3:6)
What is it with this name יהו”ה ?, We will try to understand a little bit as this involves the infinate wisdom of the God.
Its written “forever יהו”ה your word stands in Heaven”. Every moment GOD judges in everything its life force. What power it needs always. What barrier will not be transcended is determined by שד”י, changes are by יהו”ה.1
Malchut is a garment to Teferet, as אדנ”י is a garment of יהו”ה.2 There needs to be the 4 letters of יהו”ה in Teferet and the 4 letters of אדנ”י is in Malchut so to make tikun in proper order. יהו”ה is only revealed by אדנ”י .3
Rabbi Avraham Abulafia in Safer cheshek teaches that there is no doubt that when one returns to intellect and cleaves in life force according to the force of olam haba, which will be according to his comprehension. By this GOD shall arrouse you upon the form of זכירה (memory) and on Chuchmah till that you lack no power, G-d willing. Every time you want to remember יהו”ה with all its vowels or Holy Names, the 12 letter name from 3 names of 4 letters or 3 יהו”ה or its 12 permutations.4
Know the Name from permeating it in all 22 letters as in Safer Yetzera of Avraham Avinu, if you don’t error with letters or nikudot. The prophet Jeremiyah worked Safer Yetzera alone. He was told (By GOD) to find a friend to learn Safer Yetzera with so that they could permeate the alp-bet together, thus fulfilling as its written “ speaking in the fear of יהו”ה a man to his friend. So they could acomplish anything.5 יהו”ה gives Nashamot (souls) to the letters. Forever the Nashama of the letters is the Name. The letters of יהו”ה are the Nashama of man.6
All Holiness of “Kadosh Kadoshim” is from “mazel”. Everything derives from Mazel. The letters יהו”ה come out of Atik from the beard and connect to this Mazel. It supports other letters in Z’a.7
It’s tought in Shoshon Sodot that Aretz Yisrael is not under the supernal princes (angels) above but יהו“ה. It is nourished from Keter elyon (source of Divine will and delight) by the middle piller. Aretz Yisrael recieves flow of ברכה (blessing) from עליונה ארץ (the supernal land).8
There is one חיה (angel) in the rekia called Yisrael. Yisrael are born from the ”house of GOD”. Here they cleave in ” the portion of יהוה is His people”. So they may inherit what is fit for them of Torah and mitzvot from treasury of GOD this is their crown. This treasury is from the 32 paths Chuchmah. 9
The 100 blessings are Light floating on בשר (flesh) with 2 צירי (Vowel of Binna). From this the Yesod of Imma descends to Zu”n. Then He is called יהו”ה אלהי”ם.10 Those who walk in the ways of “avoda zara” (strange worship) the way of GOD being strange to them. Then the way of GOD will not rest in their hearts.11
It is stated in the Zohar concerning the Mashiach ” the nations shall seek him, as within him is the secret of the Divine name.” The Metsudat David explains that there will be given power from Atik Yomim , The Ancient of days, to Messiach to rule over the nations, and they will serve him, and none will transgress. He will be victorious.
1. 1Avodat Yisrael p.20
1. 2Aor Yakar Noach p.13
1. 3Aor Yakar Barashit Volume 2 p.58,82
1. 4Safer HaCheshek-Abulafia
1. 5Zohar Chadash Tikunim p.215,201
1. 6Shoshon Sodot
1. 7Sulam on Idra Zuta p.289a
1. 8Shoshon Sodot
1. 9Marachot Elokim
1. 10Mishnat Chassedim
1. 11Shoshon Sodot
ISIS Destroys Another Holy Site After Tomb
of Jonah the Biblical Prophet and Tomb of
Seth son of Noah
Jihadists destroyed the Nabi Shiyt (Prophet Seth) shrine in Mosul, the de facto Iraqi capital of the “caliphate” proclaimed last month by Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“IS militants stopped people from coming close, set explosives in and around the shrine and then detonated them as a crowd looked on,” one resident who witnessed the demolition told AFP.
Seth is revered in Christianity, Islam and Judaism as the third son of Adam and Eve.
Muslims know the tomb as the shrine of Younis, whereas Christians refer to it as the tomb of Jonas.
Islamic State (IS) has also destroyed the tomb of Jonah is renowned for having been swallowed by a fish or a whale in the Bible , with a similar story being present in the Koran. The site upon which the mosque had been built dated back to the eighth century BC.
Even Moqtada Sadr thinks these guys are crazy. Moqtada Sadr, a Shiite cleric whose followers have taken up arms to protect endangered holy sites, also condemned the demolition of the Nabi Yunus shrine.
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