08 March 2018

A newly minted coin featuring President Trump, Ancient Persian King Cyrus, and the so-called Third Temple, that zealots aim to establish in place of Masjid al-Aqsa, has been released by the Israeli Temple Movement.

Three weeks ago, the nascent Sanhedrin and the Mikdash (Temple) Educational Center, a non-profit organization for education about the so-called Temple, partnered in the venture to mint a commemorative medallion with an image of President Donald Trump and the Persian King Cyrus. The flip side features a stylized image of the supposed Third Temple.

One side of the coin

Both signed a contract to mint 1000 coins in the hope that the message on the coin that calls out to the US president to support the Jewish claim to al-Aqsa, would resonate with enough people to cover the total expense of the coins. They offered the coins to the public for a minimum donation of $50, and have received an encouraging response from right-wing zealots.

Rabbi Hillel Weiss, Chairman of the Mikdash & Tsion Association that initiates the Temple reenactments and represents all the Temple movements, explained that the initial motivation for the putting the image of the US president on the coin was in gratitude for his support of Israel.

“Gratitude is an important and holy trait,” Rabbi Weiss, who is also spokesman of the nascent Sanhedrin, told Breaking Israel News. “He did a great and historical deed that the Jewish People are grateful for.”

An image of President Trump is engraved alongside an image of the ancient Persian King Cyrus, who facilitated the return of Jews to Jerusalem and ended the Babylonian Exile in 538 BCE.

Rabbi Weiss stressed that Trump’s goals will come to fruition only if they are geared towards rebuilding the so-called Jewish Temple.

“Cyrus and Balfour, non-Jews who played an enormously important role in Jewish history fell short and their political success suffered as a result,” Rabbi Weiss said.

“Trump’s political agenda can only succeed if it is focused on building the Third Temple on the place that God chose: the Temple Mount. He must not advance any two-state solution or this will lead to his downfall.”

“President Trump cannot allow the Arabs to believe that half of Jerusalem, let alone the Temple Mount, will fall to them,’ Rabbi Weiss said. “This coin should serve as a sign of our gratitude as well as a reminder of what still needs to be done. Anyone who owns this coin is showing that he agrees with both of these aspects: the gratitude for what Trump has done and the cautionary reminder that Jerusalem is the place of the Jewish Temple.”

Mordechai Persoff who established the Mikdash Educational Center which educates Jews about the supposed Temple through formal and experiential education, said that the Trump’s image is appropriate in light of his powerful example as a non-Jew who has assumed a role in the geula (redemption) and the building of the so-called Temple.

“God gave us the land as part of the covenant but non-Jews have always played an important role in waking us up to return to Israel,” Persoff told Breaking Israel News.

“This can come in two manners,” he continued. “It can be a harsh reminder, as happened in Egypt with Pharaoh or in the Holocaust when the non-Jews reminded us that we needed to return to our homeland as a refuge. It can also come in a positive and  loving manner, as it did with King Cyrus and Lord Balfour.”

“This coin shows that President Trump is a positive part of the Temple process, reminding us of what the Jews need to do.”

“This coin is intended to help in preparations for the Temple and anyone can take part in that at any time,” Rabbi Weiss said.

Proceeds from the sale of the coin will be used in reenactments of so-called Temple services as well as in other educational and practical endeavors that help prepare for what the Temple Movement sees as the destruction of al-Aqsa. Should the need arise, the organisers say, the proceeds could also used for the actual building of the Temple, that they hope will replace the Masjid..

SOURCE(with editing by masjidalaqsa.net): Breaking Israel News