Hachrazah 5768 Nisan 9 i
From The Sanhedrin - en
Informal translation from Hebrew of the 9 Nisan, 5768 (14 April 2008) statement:
To all nations, governments
To all nations, governments, organizations and institutions: A Call for Peace and Prayer in the House of HaShem, on the Temple Mount, Mount Moriah!
In the name of HaShem*, God of the Universe Sivan 5767 (June 2007)
I will bring them [the people who give their allegiance to HaShem] to My sanctified mountain, and make them joyful in My House of Prayer: their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be favorably accepted on My altar; for My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all nations. Isaiah 56:7
A Message from the Sanhedrin, [the Rabbinic court of seventy-one scholars]: The Supreme Tribunal of the Jewish People, Jerusalem, the Holy City, the Land of Israel
Peace among Nations will be achieved through building the House of HaShem, where all peoples will serve Him, pray to Him, and offer sacrifices according to the visions of the prophets, as foreseen by King Solomon in his prayers at the dedication of the First Holy Temple.
King Solomon stated:
- I Kings 8:41: “The foreigner too, who does not belong to Your people Israel: when he shall come from a distant country for Your name’s sake.
- 8:42: (for people shall hear of Your great name, and Your mighty hand, and Your outstretched arm); when he shall come and pray towards this house;
- 8:43: Hear in heaven, Your dwelling place, and do according to all that the foreigner requests of You; that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, to hold You in awe, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this Temple which I have built is called by Your name.
The prophet Zephaniah prophesied for the Third Temple:
- Zephaniah 3:9: I will clarify the languages of the nations, that they may all call upon the name of HaShem, to serve him shoulder-to-shoulder.
Thus all nations will worship God together in the House of God, rebuilt on the Temple Mount, and live together in eternal peace.
Men of all nations look at the United Nations as the human instrument to fulfill the famous verse in Isaiah, which expresses the eternal prophecy and vision of peace:
And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.
This famous vision of peace is more fully understood within the full biblical reference. It consists of a call to all of the nations to come to the Third Temple to pray and to learn the ways of God.
- Isaiah 2:2: And it shall come to pass in the distant future, that the mountain of the House of HaShem shall be established atop of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall come streaming to it.
- 2:3: And many peoples shall come and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of HaShem, to the Temple of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths, for out of Zion shall go forth the Law and the Word of HaShem from Jerusalem.”
- 2:4: And He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
In sharp contrast to Isaiah’s prophesy, Zechariah warns:
- Zechariah 11:6: For I will no longer have mercy upon the inhabitants of the land, says HaShem; but, lo, I will deliver the people, every one, unto his fellow man, and into the hand of his king; and they shall smite the land, and I will not save them.
The contrast between the visions of Isaiah and Zechariah for the future world emphasizes that the rulers of all nations and every human being must choose between war and peace, life and death. We all observe the events that are taking place. It appears that from day to day the threat to world peace is increasing and we are being dragged towards destruction.
Out of a sense of collective responsibility for world peace and for all humanity we have found it timely to call to the World and exclaim that there is a way out for all peoples. It is etched in a call to all humanity: We are all the sons of one father, the descendants of Adam, and all humanity is but a single family.
Come let us love and respect one another, and love and honor and hold our heavenly Father in awe. Let us establish a house of prayer in His name in order to worship and serve Him together, for the sake of His great compassion. He surely does not want the blood of His creations spilled, but prefers love and peace among all mankind.
Isaiah clearly predicted that there will be peace among the nations:
- Isaiah 11:6: The wolf will dwell with the sheep, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf together;
and a little child will lead them.
- 11:7: The cow and the bear will graze. Their young ones will lie down together.
The lion will eat straw like cattle;
- 11:8: The nursing child will play near a cobra’s hole, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
- 11:9: They will not do evil nor destroy on all My holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of HaShem, as the waters cover the sea.
It is the right and obligation of all humanity to pray, in the areas permitted to each person as his or her situation determines: the High Priest, the priests serving in the Temple, the Levites, the Children of Israel and the Childern of Noah, gentiles - all who pray on the Temple Mount, in the House of Prayer for all Nations.
The essence of the service of God is prayer, in humility, with a full heart and a willing soul.
The Nations can arouse Israel to reach its goals and to help Israel build the Temple; as we find in the Midrash of the Song of Songs:
The Shulamith calls: “I adjure you, O neighbours of Jerusalem… do not arouse my love until it is ready” is repeated three times [Song of Songs 2:7, 3:5; 8:4]. Why these three oaths? One for Solomon's Temple, one for the Second Temple, and one for the Third Temple; God has exacted an oath from the nations to help build the Temples of the past and in the future!”
We pray to the Almighy Creator, that you harken to our Call. Together - each according to his or her ability - we shall work towards the building of the House of Prayer for All Nations on the Temple Mount in peace and mutual understanding.
We believe that all the visions of the prophets will be fulfilled, and that they were not said in vain.
It is time to respond to this call and help to enable the building of the Temple in Jerusalem. This way you can promote peace and bring about the realization of the prophecies in the Bible.
We close with God`s blessing given to our father Abraham:
- “Those that bless you will be blessed” [Genesis 12:3].
The Heads of the Sanhedrin
Rabbi Adin Steinzaltz, President of the Sanhedrin
Rabbi Yoel Schwartz, Head of the Jerusalem Court for Noahides
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, Head of the Court for National and State Affairs, and Head of the Temple Institute
Signatures of the Judges of the Sanhedrin