Where no Jew has gone (in a while)

Temple Mount, also known as Mount Moriah, is a contended religious site in Jerusalem's Old City which Jews can't visit without permission.

August 9, 2011 16:28
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A view of the Temple Mount (Ariel Jerozolimski).

temple mount 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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The Temple Mount, also known as Mount Moriah and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is a religious site in the Old City of Jerusalem which has been contended throughout the years.

Built on the spot where the ancient Jewish Temples once stood, the golden-roofed Dome of the Rock located on Temple Mount has been a fixture in the city since it was erected 13 centuries ago.

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Built in 692 C.E. (A.D.), it is one of the oldest extant Islamic structures standing today. Muslims believe that the prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven from the Foundation Stone inside the magnificent building, which is decorated with blue tiles imported from Turkey.

Following the Six Day War, the Orthodox rabbinate promulgated a ban on Jews ascending the Temple Mount. This decision, along with the continued effective control of the site by the Muslim Wakf, has severely limited Jewish civilian presence to the point that many Jews and non-Jews mistakenly ignore its significance to Judaism. The recent attempt to rectify this misconception by organizing group visits to the Mount has ignited a passionate legal debate.

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