Sunday, September 25, 2011

Arutz Sheva: Man makes shehakol on Har Habayis, arrested on suspicion of reciting Birchas Kohanim

Sign of the times. How did the other member of the group "support" him? By helping him stand? By saying "amen"?
Temple Mount Police arrested a 76-year-old Jewish man Sunday after he recited a blessing before drinking some water. Yosef Hacohen felt ill during a tour of the Temple Mount and wanted to take a sip from a water bottle. As another member of the group he was a part of supported him, he recited the "shehakol" blessing that precedes drinking of beverages.

This aroused the ire of three Muslim Wakf men who had been following the 30-member group of which Hacohen was a participant.

In response to the Muslims' demands, the two policemen who also followed the group took Hacohen out of the group. This led to a small fracas. A higher ranking police officer arrived on the scene and decided to arrest Hacohen "on suspicion of reciting the Priestly blessing." [...]
Good thing they arrested him. When a 76-year-old man drinks water, there is always an "asher yatzar" on the horizon.

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