Photo Credit: Temple Organization Headquarters
Jewish man on the Temple Mount

A young Jewish man arrived at the Temple Mount on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and blew a shofar, according to a tweet from journalist Arnon Segal.

“On the first day of Rosh Hashana, a brave young man named Shlomo Puah blew a shofar on the Temple Mount and was arrested,” Segal tweeted, noting this was “the first blowing of the shofar on Rosh HaShana, perhaps for hundreds and thousands of years. This man continued the tradition of the shofar blowers at the Kotel during the British Mandate. It inspires great hope for the new year.

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Puah managed to sneak his shofar into the Temple Mount compound and kept blowing it until he was arrested by policemen who stopped the blasts and escorted him to the nearest police station.

Hakol Hayehudi argued with Segal’s assertion regarding the last time a shofar was blown on the Temple Mount on Rish Hashanah, citing Lehava Chairman Bentzi Gopstein who recalled that about 25 years ago, a shofar had been blown the Temple Mount by a resident of the settlement of Tapuach.

The Temple Mount was open to Jewish visits during the first day of Rosh Hashanah, but on the second day of the holiday, police closed the compound off to Jews, claiming it was a special day for Muslims.

We looked it up: on September 11, the Muslim world also celebrated the holiday of Muharram – the Hijri New Year 1440. So Happy Muharram y’all.

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