Several hundred people on Monday attended a “rehearsal” for the Passover sacrifice, held in a schoolyard in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem. The lamb was slaughtered by kohanim (members of the priestly class) who performed the various stages of the sacrifice through the roasting of the lamb and eating it.
It was a show of strength by Temple Mount activists – and this year they had additional reasons to celebrate, including the recovery of senior activist Yehuda Glick from an assassination attempt and the possibility that the next cabinet will include three ministers (Habayit Hayehudi’s Uri Ariel, and Likud’s Miri Regev and Tzipi Hotoveli) who enthusiastically support changing the Temple Mount’s status quo to allow Jewish prayer. Support from the rabbinical establishment came in the form of Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern, who attended the ceremony and gave organizers his blessing.
Despite all this, the practical aspects of the ceremony were a bit pathetic, exposing the gap between the imagination and Halakha and the real world. Outside the event there was a protest by several dozen animal rights activists, who got into arguments with ceremony participants.
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