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Religious Zionist Rabbis Celebrate Jerusalem Day on Temple Mount

Rabbis say groundswell of popular opinion growing; more and more Jews visiting Temple Mount each year
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About 30 religious Zionist rabbis visited the Temple Mount Tuesday to mark the 47th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War.

The group included Rabbis Gidon Pearl, Yitzhak Levi and Yosef Tzvi Rimon (Alon Shvut), Yaakov Medan (Yeshivat Har Etzion), Avraham Gisser (Ofra), (Alon Shvut), Yisrael Rosen (Machon Tzomet), David Dudkevitch (Yitzhar) and others.

Participants in the group reported that the event took place amongst a festive atmosphere to usher in Jerusalem Day. The rabbis thanked God for beginning the ingathering of the exiles and for liberating Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in 1967. They also said the event was intended to encourage Jews to visit the Temple Mount, a phenomenon that has grown in recent years.

“Forty-seven years ago we  merited God’s mercy when we returned to Jerusalem and the site of our holy Temple. But there is still much to do,” the rabbis said in a statement.

“This event is an expression of the eternal and constantly renewing connection of the Jewish people to the Temple Mount, the home of the holy Temple, and of the growing public demand to impose Jewish sovereignty here.

The rabbis discussed halachic issues related to visiting the Temple Mount and stressed that Jews entering the Temple Mount compound must take care not to violate the holiness of this place. One must not enter the part of the Mount that housed the Temple itself, because we are all ritually impure (t’me’i met). “(It is forbidden to) enter the plaza at the center of the Mount, and especially the Dome of the Rock , which according to tradition stands on the place of the Holy of Holies.

“The Torah forbids all people from entering that place, under a penalty of spiritual excision from the Jewish People (“karet”),” the rabbis said.

The rabbis also addressed the police ban on Rabbi Yehuda Glick, preventing Glick from entering the Temple Mount compound. “We must remember on the 28th of Iyyar we celebrate first-and-foremost the liberation of the Temple Mount,” Glick said. “The Temple Mount is the heart of the Jewish People; therefore, it is only natural that our leaders went up to the site today, on the eve of Jerusalem Day.

“We call on all other leaders to join their call and to lead this relationship between the Jewish People  and its heart – the Temple Mount.”

No Protests

Although Arab and left-wing leaders often claim that opening the Temple Mount to Jews would create “a storm of protest from the international Muslim community,” no signs of protest were evident during or after the visit. No English- or Hebrew language website noted rioting by Muslims in Indonesia over the visit, or even protests by Palestinians in Jerusalem or Ramallah.

It is also worth noting that according to Prof. Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, the Koran itself predicts the return of Jews to the holy site. Palazzi has also said that nothing in Islamic doctrine or law suggests that Jews, or any non-Muslims, should be prevented from praying on the Mount.


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9 Responses to “Religious Zionist Rabbis Celebrate Jerusalem Day on Temple Mount”

  1. Joel Fisher says:

    Haaretz is disappointed

  2. There’s more than one way to look at the Muslim occupation of Har Habayit. I wait for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple, and I want it under Jewish use and control. But let us consider how things might be if Christians had not deliberately defiled the mount, abandoned it, and had built a pagan temple instead. We come closer to reestablishing the House of G-d and expelling more honest and knowledgeable Muslims (see the opinion of the Muslim scholar who notes Islam expects a Jewish reclamation of the mount) than Christians who think they have a right to occupy and defile anything Jewish forever.

  3. jerusalem has always been the capital of eretz yisroel.

  4. jerusalem has always been the capital of eretz yisroel.

  5. it is only the pope (and those who follow him) who thinks he has a right to the Holy Lands not the real Christians who do. We know that the Holy Land belongs to the Hebrews and only to them. Please don’t wrap us all up in one package. There millions of us out here who stand with Israel and her people and support her because we believe G-d gave her to the Hebrews.

  6. Hmmmmm… follow my reasoning for just a moment, madame, and see it may make sense to your Christianity–It’s the bad ol’ Catholics who hate Jews (though they have in most instances have rejected missions to Jews), and Protestants (of one or all types or other) love Jews. Israel, Jerusalem, the Temple Mount belongs to Jews! But Jews should worship Jesus, no? So in fairyland Israel and he rest will all belong to Jews who worship Jesus (not G-d) who will rule everything as the Christian god. Protestants aren’t like Catholics. They are “real Christians” who will convert Jews to Jesus in a little less overt process (i.e., deception) because they love us (to stop being real Jews). How many Catholic organizations work to Christianize Jews? Meanwhile, we have creeps like Jews for Jesus, Zola Levitt, Jewish Voice, the Southern Baptists’ Convention, and other animals targeting our dalim. There are millions out there who pretend to “stand” with Israel who would bring Israel and Jews to the same end as the Nazis. Then they would probably build a damned church on the mount. I’ll trust Christians when they reject Christianity.

  7. Paul W. Howe says:

    A symbol of chaos…

  8. G-d will restore the temple Himself. Not religious zionists.

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