Messiah cannot be a Cow
May 23, 1997 09:56 PM
by M K Ramadoss
Here is an interesting news report. Please see the last para at the end
of the report.
Red cow at center of Israeli
Is Melody a sign of the
Messiah or a threat to
May 23, 1997
Web posted at: 11:34 p.m. EDT (0334
KFAR HASIDIM, Israel
(CNN) -- Grazing peacefully
under the sun munching her
cud, Melody seems oblivious to all the stir she is causing.
She may look like an ordinary -- albeit strangely-hued -- cow. But
some people in Israel see her birth a year ago on a small farm as a
momentous sign from God. Others fear this humble heifer might
plunge the Middle East into another round of violence and war.
All because Melody's coat is red.
Melody, a one-year-old heifer, is causing both
excitement and resentment in Israel
Under Jewish tradition from the era when the Holy Temple stood
atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the ashes of a red heifer,
butchered in her third year, are mixed with water and used to
purify Jews before they can approach the temple.
The last temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D., and
Melody is believed by many to be the first red heifer born in Israel
since that time. So some devout Jews see her birth as a sign that
the temple can now be rebuilt -- and that the coming of a promised
Messiah is nigh.
That worries other Jews and Muslims in Israel, who fear that
extremists may try to use the symbolism surrounding Melody to
destroy Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, which could trigger a war.
The Wailing Wall, the last remnant of the
destroyed temple, shares the Temple
Mount with the Dome of the Rock and
Al-Aqsa mosques, one of Islam's holiest
sites. There are some in Israel who
advocate destroying those mosques to
make way for a rebuilt temple.
Because of that, a number of influential
Israeli journalists and leftist politicians
have suggested that the potential harm that Melody represents is
perhaps even more serious than the risk of terrorist bombs. They
propose that the heifer be destroyed.
However, destruction might not be necessary, because any blemish
inflicted on the cow might be enough to render Melody an
So intense is the debate over Melody that she has an armed guard.
There is also talk of trying to breed her in an attempt to create a
herd of red cows that will insure the future of the purification
The local rabbi, Shmaria Shore, had to quash the idea that Melody
might be the Messiah, pointing out that the Messiah could not be a
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