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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Rav Moshe Temple Ascends Har Habayit/the Temple Mount

For years I have had the urge to join the growing group of people who ascend the Temple Mount. To my own disappointment, I have still not done so, mostly because of my own doubts as to the halachik ramifications of such an act, compounded with my own laziness to sit down and learn the laws surrounding this very important and holy act.

This past week I had the pleasure of meeting Yehuda Glick, who runs the Temple Institute, with regards to doing a program together with the Temple Institute and this evening I had the fortune of finding this fascinating video of Rav Moshe Tendler going up to to Har Habayit/the Temple Mount. 

Now, I'm more encouraged than ever to finally sit down and study this issue in more depth and there is no better way than on the coattails of this fabulous video which includes Rav Moshe Tendler explaining the concept of Kedusha (holiness) in general, and specifically when applied to going up to Har Habayit. The length of the video is 17 minutes, but worth every second of your time, to see a gadol walking around Har Habayit and listening to him talk about some of the Torah concepts concerning Har Habayit.

For many years it has been the custom of Rabbi Dr. Moshe Dovid Tendler, famed posek, professor, and son-in-law of the great Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, זצ'ל to perform the commandment of 'Mora Mikdash' - showing reverence to G-d at the place of the Holy Temple, by ascending the Temple Mount in strict accordance with halacha - Jewish law. The Rabbi ascends the Mount every time he is in the land of Israel. He has made tens of visits to the Temple Mount. The recorded visit was filmed on the 23rd of Tevet, 5769 - January 19th, 2009.

Click here for a Jewish Press article with Rav Tender defending ascending to Har Habayit

Click here for a Haaretz article, which mentions Rav Tendler's ascending Har Habayit, titled "ULTRA-ORTHDOX PROHIBITION ON ENTERING TEMPLE MOUNT SPLINTERS" 

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