Temple Mount: To Go or Not to Go, That is the Question

Temple Mount, Jerusalem, Israel
Temple Mount, Jerusalem, Israel

The Temple Mount is one of the most, if not the most, important sites in the world today. It has a unique history which has influenced most cultures today. It was the place where Abraham offered his son to be sacrificed, it was where the two Jewish Temples were built. The First Temple was built almost 3000 years ago by King Solomon, son of King David who built Jerusalem. After the First Temple was destroyed by Babylonians, King Herod built The Second Temple on the same site after the Jews returned from exile.

After centuries of conquest and destruction, when the Israeli War of Independence ended in 1948 Jordan controlled the Old City and the Temple Mount, and refused entry to the area to any Jewish people. During the 1967 Six-Day War, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reclaimed Jerusalem and liberated the Temple Mount, establishing Jewish control over the area first time since destruction of the second Temple in 70 CE.

According to Halacha law (Jewish Law) and Rambam, no Jew can walk on the spot where the Holy of Holies once stood…

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