RABBI CHAIM RICHMAN, international director of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, gives tours of the Temple Mount to visiting foreign dignitaries..
(photo credit: SETH J. FRANTZMAN)
The line at a quarter past seven in the morning is already burgeoning with tourists eager to see the Temple Mount. Visiting hours are supposedly from 7:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday to Thursday, but it seems best to get there as early as possible. Standing next to an iron gate by the security hut is Rabbi Chaim Richman, the international director of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, and his assistant Yitzchak Reuven.Richman often gives tours of the Temple Mount to foreign visitors, such as US politicians and others. Today he is interested in illustrating the restrictions imposed on Jews who seek to visit the site.