An ultra-Orthodox family active in promoting Jewish visitation to the Temple Mount has been the subject of fierce denunciations by Neturei Karta extremists in Jerusalem.
On Monday night, several dozen men from the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect demonstrated outside the house of Yosef Elboim, a Belz hassid who is a leading advocate of Temple Mount visitation and of preparation for the building of a third temple.
Almost all leading haredi (ultra-Orthodox) rabbis and arbiters of Jewish law rule that Jews may not visit the Temple Mount since the purification rituals required to enter the site cannot be conducted today.
Additionally, both current chief rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau have restated the longstanding position of the chief rabbinate banning Jewish visitation to the site.
However, several leading national-religious rabbis, such as Haim Druckman and Dov Lior, permit visitation, arguing that it is possible to avoid the problematic areas.
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