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

As happens every year, the Temple Mount will be open to Jews only in the morning hours, beginning next week, due to the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Visiting hours for Jews at the Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem, are to be held from 7:30 am to 11:00 am.

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But this year the schedule is a complex one, because Ramadan falls during the Hebrew month of Iyar – during which there are five significant days on the calendar of the State of Israel, two of which are also significant holidays on the Jewish calendar.

Those state holidays include:
Memorial Day, Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (Israel Independence Day), Pesach Sheni (Second Passover), Lag B’Omer, and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day.)

On each of those days, Jews from around the world flock to visit the Temple Mount, but it’s not clear this year how many of those visitors will actually be able to enter the compound, or how long they’ll be able to stay.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.