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Is it permitted to visit the inside of the Temple Mount?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Since the Divine Presence is still present on the Temple Mount and the Temple area, all the laws prohibiting the ritually impure from accessing the Temple remain in effect. We all are presumed to be impure due to contact with corpses (either direct contact, being under the same roof, or the possibility of having trodden on an unknown grave), and therefore are barred from entering the Temple area. Although the actual Temple area doesn’t encompass the entire area of the Temple Mount, still, since we are uncertain of the exact location of the Temple area, most Rabbinic experts agree that it is forbidden to enter the entire walled area of the Temple Mount.

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impurity an issue?

Posted by: Aaron on Jul 09, 2006

I'd like to mention that the Dome of the Rock is on top (and on the probable location of the kodesh hakodoshim).

And we are told not to go up because we are impure?

Editor's Comment

Correct.

Visiting the Dome of the Rock

Posted by: Anonymous on Dec 06, 2006

Regarding the above comment, are Muslims not allowed to visit the Dome of the Rock?

Editor's Comment

When the Temple stood, there were designated areas on the Temple Mount for non-Jewish spectators. There were areas that they were permitted to enter and areas that they were not. Nowadays, we do not know where these areas are, therefore, it is proper not to tread foot on any area on the Temple Mount that might be a suspected forbidden area. Today, Jews are not in enough control of the Temple Mount to limit its access and give the area the proper respect it is due.

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History » The Holy Temples » Holy Temple Mitzvot
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Temple
1. Usually a reference to the Holy Temple which was/will be situated in Jerusalem. 1st Temple was built in 825 BCE and was destroyed in 423 BCE. The 2nd Temple was built in 350 BCE and was destroyed in 70 CE. The 3rd Temple will be built by the Messiah. 2. A synagogue.