The Hurva Synagogue

Last week I was in the old city and I went past the famous Hurva Synagogue.

This building was rebuilt and finished in March 2010.   I wanted to go inside, but its only open to the public in the mornings with a groups with a guide.

Following the destruction of this building in the 1948, initial plans for this current synagogue were drawn up in 2000 but the building was not finished until this year in March, about the same week I arrived to do my second season of volunteer work here.   Looking at pictures of the previous synagogue (its been destroyed and rebuilt quite a few times now)  it looks a pretty close copy of the original.

There was a lot worry from possible attacks from Arabs thinking that this a starting point towards building the third temple.   Frequent amounts of history revisionism tries to hide a lot of what has been in this country from the past.  You can click on this photo of a plaque to see this closer.   I think this is a nice icon of the determination of the Jewish people to protect their capital.

Burning of Korans. Yeah smart plan from some Christians….

In the news, some Christians from Florida want to burn Korans as a way of remembering 9 years since the 9/11 attacks.

The guy in question is called Terry Jones who has set up International burn a Koran day.   I was thinking is this a reuniting of Monty Python doing some Islam themed sketch?   Alas not.

Really would this be something that Jesus would approve of?   Are Muslims, even the secular ones or those disillusioned with an Islamic upbringing going to turn around and say, good job chaps, I will think I will give my prayer mat and Arab tunic to local cat shelter charity shop and do something different?

This act is just dangerously provocative and will encourage responses from Muslims that could lead to people killed or property destroyed.  Probably those that Christians living in already hostile parts of the world.

I would welcome it if a case where a whole town came to Jesus and burned books from a Satanic cult they belonged to.   Indeed I have seen non-nutter Christian do burning of occultic, pornographic or other material, this is more of a personal decision to get rid of material from a previous destructive lifestyle, and make a statement in doing something new, embracing Jesus as their saviour.

You often see militants in Arab nations on TV burning flags of the US, Israel, or more recently Denmark because of the cartoon fiasco, I also remember when I was young people outside WH Smith burning copies of a book written by Salman Rushdie, as well as burning of books (not just religious and political) by the Nazis.   Attempting to imitate this practice just seems childish and pointless.  I hope Terry Jones can live with himself if Christians are persecuted as part of a revenge act.

Please pray that this will not cause revenge attacks and that this gathering of Christians doing some unhelpful will be called off, and that Muslim people will turn away from Islam and find Jesus.