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(From left to right) Yehuda Glick, Rav Yoel Bin-Nun, moderator- Arnon Segel

Bli neder I intend to write more about the כנס צהר Tzohar Conference I recently attended , but for now I’ll just mention one of the most explosive exchanges I witnessed there. I went to the panel discussion about ascending the Temple Mount.

Despite the obvious mutual admiration between Yehuda Glick and Rav Yoel Bin-Nun, they disagree on the importance of Jews ascending Har HaBayit.

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As is very well-known, Yehuda Glick is one of the leaders of those of us who believe that it’s of the utmost importance, and permitted by Jewish Law, for Jews to enter the Temple Mount. Not long ago, he was almost killed by an Arab terrorist who shot him, using the excuse that Glick promoted Jewish presence on that Holy Place. It is a very large miracle that Glick is alive today. And as Glick mentioned yesterday, it was also a great miracle that in 1967, two million Israelis 2,000,000 succeeded in defeating two hundred million 200,000,000 Muslims.  Please remember that the war aim of Egypt, Syria and Jordan was the destruction of the State of Israel. And not only did we survive and were victorious but we liberated the holiest and most important places in the Jewish Homeland.

Yehuda Glick brought up the terrible situation in which Torah observant (aka Orthodox and Chareidi) rabbis have participated in the conspiracy to brainwash the Jewish People into believing that the Kotel hamaaravi, the Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish People, and that the Temple Mount is holiest for Islam.

IDF soldiers are now brought up to tour the Temple Mount and are only shown it from a Muslim perspective.

At the end of the program, one of the audience asked Glick how it could be that he is accusing prominent rabbis, including Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, ZaTza”L, of being wrong.

And Glick answered exactly the way my mind was going. He reminded the audience of how many of the great European rabbis prior to World War Two, when the Nazis were taking over, had told their congregations to stay put. And before then, with the beginning of the Zionist movement, most rabbis had declared it evil and told their followers not to join. Glick also brought up an important point, that the earlier Rav Kook, ZaTza”L, had been in the minority among rabbis and had been condemned for his stands re:Zionism and the Land of Israel. Davka, Tzohar follows the Jewish teachings of Rav Kook, so they shouldn’t be afraid to be in the minority.

Considering that the main rationale of those rabbis who forbid ascending the Temple Mount is that one may accidentally enter areas of the Kodesh Kodeshim, Holy of Holies, I must say that my biggest surprise when I ascended the Temple Mount was to discover how enormous it it and how small a section is forbidden even by the most stringent measurements. 

Yehudah Glick on the Temple Mount.
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7 COMMENTS

  1. Going up to Har HaBayis a complex question. The area of the Beis HaMikdash itself carries the punishment of kares for a t’mei mais – which all of us are at this point in time. The outer areas of the Har HaBayis have a lower status and are only forbidden to someone who has not gone to the mikvah from an emission or menstruation. It is not an issur kares. There are people who go up today after going to the mikvah only to areas they feel certain are not the area of the Beis HaMikdash itself, and they do not wear shoes, take a wallet, act in a lightheaded manner, and so on. The problem is that it is not clear at all where those areas are. We also could never permit the masses to go up – men and women who have not gone to the mikvah, who would be properly serious, etc.

  2. OF COURSE Rabbis can be wrong. All through our history we have records of Rabbis being wrong, starting with Moses, who was angry with the remaining sons of Aaron for not partaking of the meat of the sacrifices on the day of the inauguration of the Tabernacle [Leviticus 10, 16-17].

  3. The Rabbis are a product of the Exile and have always proved that they "like" it. They have committed numberless Biblical errors, forgetting that they were ordered not to add or substract to the Law. The Orthodox way resembles to catholicism, including saints and popes. The Rabbis are the main reason of so many Jews leaving their faith, at the time of the Lights, throwing the baby together with the dirty water of the bath.
    The Rabbis were not zionist and, therefore, God gave to agnostic Jews the credit of founding the State. Most of the Rabbis tried to discourage the Alyia, preferring to move to a different Exile or… wait for Aushwitz!
    They are terrified of the Temple Mount, because when the Jews will be able to repossess it, they will build the Third Temple (please God, in our times) and the Rabbis will be unemployed!

  4. BH The real Gidolim should be asked this shaila abutthe Tempel Mount; toomtah hametim biAzaraia I think is the main issue. Rosh Yeshivas Mir said I am Gadol haDor on Inyanei Moshiah so ask me those questions and you will get true answers biezrath Hashem.

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