Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Vatican demands sovereignty over Kever David


Those of you who didn’t know: The Vatican as well as the Greek Orthodox Church own plenty of property in Jerusalem. When you look at the Israel Museum, the Knesset across and all the acres around be aware that this land belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church and the Israeli government is actually paying for its usage. Or in other words: The Church could claim the land and kick the politicians out of the Knesset. Maybe this wouldn’t be such a bad idea. 

Regarding the Catholic Church and the Poop: They have been claiming the property of King David’s grave on Mount Zion (Jerusalem) for ages. Actually it was the Catholic Church making the claim that King David’s grave is his grave. Of course, there have been big question marks about the real authenticity of the Kever. Historians say that David is buried at a different spot near the grave of his son Avshalom. Nevertheless, there are other location claims too. 

The truth is that we don’t know for sure whether today’s Kever David is the original grave. On the other hand, in Judaism we keep various traditions and lets say the Kever is not David’s, then we still may consider it as such due to tradition. The same with Kever Rachel outside Bethlehem (Beit Lechem) or Yosef’s grave in Shechem (Nablus). There we also don’t know for sure whether the grave sites are authentic. However, we still may go there and keep the tradition. As soon as Meshiach is coming and the resurrection is going to take place, we will know to whose grave we went to. 

Fact is, that various churches gain far too much influence in Israel. Either through their large amounts of property or through money. As we don’t have a religious government, we shouldn’t be surprised that those politicians don’t really go with the Torah but are obviously impressed by idol – worshippers. And, by the way, the room where, according to the church, the last supper was taking place, looks pretty new to me. I very much doubt whether the entire building was already standing there 2000 years ago. However, today you see Christian tourists streaming in, freaking out and dancing overtaken by their idol - worship ecstasy and buying souvenirs. Lets say that the whole issue is all about power and money. 

 The grave of King David in Jerusalem. Located on Mount Zion in the Old City.

Memorial Candles 

The Ezrat Nashim (women's side)

The grave of King David ? 
Covered by a red silk cloth.

Photos: Miriam Woelke

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