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The Temple Mount Bird's-eye View and Aliya Guide
Temple Mount Liberation Guide to Ascending the Mount
Temple Mount Awakening Response to the Rabbinical "ban"
Police Discrimination Maimonides
The Continuing Destruction Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
Archaeological Finds Recent Visits
Antiquities Law Wakf Guidebook
Comptroller's 2010 Report Israeli Law

A recent visitor to the Temple Mount was kind enough to send us the photographs he took during his visit. Going up to the Temple Mount is a breathtaking experience on a spiritual level - as one enters the very place on earth where the past, the present, the future and the eternal all meet. Yet it is also a profoundly disturbing experience as one witnesses the degradation - both physical and spiritual - to which the mount has been subjected. Yet, in our hearts and our actions, we live by the prayer, "May the Holy Temple be rebuilt, speedily, in our days."

 

 

Rabbi Chaim Richman of The Temple Institute stands with his guest, looking towards the location of the Holy of Holies. Today, the Moslem dome and golden crescent can be seen where once the Holy Temple stood.

 

Stopping along the eastern wall of the Mount. Note the Israeli policemen, always in the shadows.* Stopping for too long at any given point on one's visit can lead to a confrontation with the police. The Israeli police has had a long-standing agreement with the Wakf - the Moslem authority on the Mount - prohibiting Jewish prayer - or anything resembling Jewish prayer - on the Mount. Therefore, stopping for "too long a time," closing one's eyes, or moving one's lips silently, is strictly forbidden, lest it offend the sensibilities of the Moslems. "Violation" of these decrees can cause one to be forcibly removed from the Mount by the police, and even prohibited from returning to the Mount - the holiest spot on earth according to Jewish tradition.

*Of the hundreds of thousands of people from around the world who visit the Temple Mount each year, only orthodox Jews are subjected to constant police surveillance for the duration of their stay on the mount. This discriminating and humiliating treatment is in direct contravention to the ruling of the Israeli Supreme Court.

 

Rabbi Richman stands alone, south west of the location of the Holy Temple.

 

The photograph on the left looks toward the probable location of the Antonia fortress, which stood during the Second Temple period, northwest of the Holy Temple. The photo on the right shows a pile of rubble left from the continuing illegal excavations being perpetrated by the Moslems.

 

Rabbi Richman stands amidst the debris and filth that today litters the Holy Temple Mount. Islam claims the Temple Mount as its "third holiest site." Non-Moslems can only wonder if the two holier sites show similar signs of neglect and abuse.

Scattered among the refuse are actual remnants from the Holy Temple that stood on this spot 2000 years ago.

 

Amidst the rubble and trash can be seen a broken section of a marble pillar, perhaps once part of the Holy Temple complex. The Israel government does not allow archaeological oversite at the mount, again, in deference to the Moslem Wakf, which allows no outside interference, as it continues in its efforts to physically wipe out all visible traces of the Holy Temple, whose courtyards it has usurped.
Shvat 5765 / February 2005

 

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