A few days ago, Jeffrey Salkin learned that a synagogue he frequented as a teenager had been destroyed—not by anti-Semites or terrorists but by a professional wrecking crew. The synagogue in question, in the Long Island town of East Meadow, shuttered its doors to merge with Temple B’nai Torah in neighboring Wantagh, itself formed by the union of two synagogues that had once thrived independently. Reflecting on synagogue closures throughout the U.S., Salkin notes that they cannot be chalked up to demographic shifts alone:
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Islamic Texts Provide Evidence That Belies Palestinian Propaganda about the Temple Mount
In the past few years, Palestinian leaders have added to their familiar, scurrilous claim that Israel plans to seize or destroy the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock the assertion that there never was a Jewish Temple there, and that the site had no significance to Jews before modern times. Nadav Shragai argues that, to counteract this effort to rewrite history, it is not sufficient to turn to the wealth of archaeological evidence, which might not prove persuasive to a Muslim audience. Instead, he urges Israel and its defenders to build their case on Islamic sources: