The Temple Mount is sacred to the People of Israel, rabbis agree, but at least one — Rabbi Yosef Sholom Elyashiv — has urged President Shimon Peres not to allow Jews to tread the site.
Rabbi Elyashiv, a leader of the Litvish-Yeshivish hareidi-religious world, discussed the matter when Peres visited the rabbi’s sukkah Thursday in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim. The president was accompanied by Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch.
R. Melamed: Block Gentiles from Temple Mount, Sacred to Jews Rabbi Zalman Melamed, Chief Rabbi of the Samarian town of Beit El, agreed that it is forbidden to allow gentiles to enter the site. However, he said, Jews might approach if they are in a pure state.
But because the Temple Mount is sacred to Jews, Rabbi Melamed noted, “Jews should not enter it as long as they are not pure.”
Entrance of gentiles to the site is forbidden altogether due to purity concerns, said Rabbi Melamed, “because this place is sacred to Jews.”
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